Friday, July 17, 2009

Daily Readings for July 19 - 25, 2009

Daily Lectionary

July 19 1 Samuel 2:18–36; Acts 15:22–41

July 20 1 Samuel 3:1–21; Acts 16:1–22

July 21 1 Samuel 4:1–22; Acts 16:23–17:34

July 22 (St Mary Magdalene) 1 Samuel 5:1—6:3, 10–16; Acts 18:1–11, 23–28

July 23 1 Samuel 6:19—7:17; Acts 19:1–21:14

July 24 1 Samuel 8:1–22; Acts 21:15–36

July 25 (St James the Elder) 1 Samuel 9:1–27; Acts 21:37—22:16

NEXT WEEKS LESSONS: The Seventh Sunday after Trinity

In the Garden of Eden, our first parents received food freely from the gracious hand of God apart from any burdensome work (Gen 2:7–17). But after the fall, food would be received only through toil and labor. The curse declared, “In the sweat of your face you shall eat bread, till you return to the ground.” In other words, “The wages of sin is death” (Rom 6:19–23). But into this wilderness world came Jesus the Messiah to restore creation. Having compassion on the weary multitudes, He renewed the bounty of Eden on the third day, freely granting an abundance of bread to the 4000 (Mark 8:1–9). So also our Lord Jesus, having endured the burden of our sin, was raised on the third day to bring us back to Paradise. He now miraculously turns the bread of death into the Bread of Life in the Sacrament, giving you His very body and blood for your forgiveness. For “the gift of God is eternal life in Christ Jesus our Lord.”


O God, whose never-failing providence orders all things both in heaven and earth, we humbly implore You to put away from us all hurtful things and give to us those things that be profitable for us; through Jesus Christ, Your Son, our Lord , who lives and reigns with You and the Holy Spirit, one God, now and forever. Amen.

Old Testament: Genesis 2:7–17

Epistle: Romans 6:19–23

Holy Gospel: Mark 8:1–9

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