Wednesday, September 16, 2009

Daily bible Readings for September 20 - 26

Daily Lectionary

September 20 Nehemiah 4:7–23; 1 Timothy3:1–16

September 21 (St Matthew) Nehemiah 5:1–16; 6:1–9, 15–16; 1 Timothy4:1–16

September 22 Nehemiah 7:1–4; 8:1–18; 1 Timothy5:1–16

September 23 Nehemiah 9:1–21; 1 Timothy5:17—6:2

September 24 Nehemiah 9:22–38; 1 Timothy6:3–21

September 25 Malachi 1:1–14; Matthew 3:1–17

September 26 Malachi 2:1—3:5; Matthew 4:1–11


the sixteenth Sunday after trinity

A large funeral procession carrying the only son of a widow is confronted by another large procession, Jesus and His followers. Death and Life meet face to face at the gate of the city (Luke 7:11–17). Filled with compassion, Jesus comes into direct contact with our mortality in order to overcome it. He touches the coffin and speaks His creative words of life, “Young man, I say to you, arise.” Jesus does what is neither expected nor requested. For through Christ, God the Father “is able to do exceedingly abundantly above all that we ask or think” (Ephesians 3:14–21). Jesus bore our death in His body that we may share in His resurrection. Even as Elijah stretched himself out three times over the Zarephath woman’s son (2 Kings 17:17–24), God stretched Himself out over us in the threefold application of His name in the baptismal water, breathing new and everlasting life into us. “To Him be glory in the church by Christ Jesus to all generations, forever and ever.”


O Lord, we pray that Your grace may always go before and follow after us, that we may be continually given to all good works; 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: 1 Kings 17:17–24

Epistle: Ephesians 3:13–21

Holy Gospel: Luke 7:11–17

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