Wednesday, August 17, 2011

Daily Readings for August 21-27, 2011


Our Lord wept over Jerusalem for the destruction that would soon come upon her. For she did not recognize the time of God’s visitation in Christ, who had come to bring her peace (Luke 19:41–48). Through His prophets God had consistently called His people to turn from their deceit and false worship. “But My people do not know the judgment of the Lord” (Jeremiah 7:1–11; 8:4–12). They sought to establish their own righteousness rather than receive Christ’s righteousness through faith (Romans 9:30–10:4). So it was that God was in His temple to cleanse it, a precursor to the once–for–all cleansing from sin which He would accomplish in the temple of His own body on the cross. God grant us to know the things that make for our peace—His visitation in the Word and Sacraments—that by the Holy Spirit we may penitently confess “Jesus is Lord” (1 Corinthians 12:1–11).

Collect: O God, as You declare Your almighty power above all in showing mercy and pity, mercifully grant unto us such a measure of Your grace that we may obtain Your gracious promises and be made partakers of Your heavenly treasures; through Jesus Christ, Your Son, our Lord . Amen.

Old Testament: Jeremiah 8:4–12
Epistle: Romans 9:30–10:4 or
Holy Gospel: Luke 19:41–48

Readings for the Week of 9th Sunday after Trinity
August 21                          The Rich Young Ruler—Matthew 19:16-30, 1 Kings 3:16-28
August 22     Parable of the Workers in the Vineyard: Matthew 20:1-16,1 Kings 4:22-34
August 23   Jesus Predicts His Passion a Third Time: Matthew 20:17-28, 1 Kings 5:1-18
August 24                  Two Blind Men Receive Sight: Matthew 20:29-34,2 Chronicles 3:1-17
August 25                              The Fruitless Fig Tree:  Matthew 21:18-27, 1 Kings 8:1-66
August 26               The Parable of the Two Sons — Matthew 21:28-32, 1 Kings 9:1–28 
August 27            Look ahead to Sunday's Readings  Jeremiah 8:4–12, Romans 9:30–10:4, Luke 19:41–48

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