Wednesday, August 31, 2011

Daily Readings for September 4-September 10, 2011

Isaiah 29:17–24
2 Corinthians 3:4–11
Mark 7:31–37

Faith Comes from Hearing
A man who was deaf and therefore also had an impediment in his speech was brought to Jesus (Mark 7:31–37). In the same way, all are by nature deaf toward God and therefore also unable to confess the faith rightly. For ―faith comes from hearing, and hearing through the word of Christ (Rom. 10:9–17). Jesus put His fingers into the man’s ears, and He spat and touched His tongue. Even so in Holy Baptism, water sanctified by the words of Jesus’ mouth is applied to us; and the finger of God, that is, the life–giving Holy Spirit (2 Corinthians 3:4–11) is put into our ears in the hearing of the baptismal Gospel. Jesus’ sighing ―Ephphatha opened the man’s ears, and his tongue was loosed to speak plainly as Isaiah prophesied of the Messiah, ―In that day the deaf shall hear the words of a book (Is. 29:18–24) So also, He who sighed and breathed is last on the cross for us has given us to hear and believe in Him and has opened our lips that our mouths may declare His praise.

Readings for the Week of 11th Sunday after Trinity
September 4 Parable of the Pharisee & the Tax Collector—Luke 18:9-14
                                             2 Samuel 11:1-27, 1 Corinthians 11:17-34
September 5                    Paul Is Arrested in the Temple—Acts 21:1-17
                                               2 Samuel 12:1-25, 1 Corinthians 12:1-13
September 6                   Paul Preaches to the Mob—Acts 21:37—22:16
                                       1 Kings 1:1–4, 15–35, 1 Corinthians 12:14-31
September 7        Paul Is Protected as a Roman Citizen—Acts 22:17-29
                                                    1 Kings 2:1-27, 1 Corinthians 13:1-13
September 8   Paul Appears Before the Sanhedrin—Acts 22:30—23:10
                                                      1 Kings 3:1-15, 2 Corinthians 1:1-22
September 9                                The Plot Against Paul—Acts 23:11-35
                                                1 Kings 5:1-18, 2 Corinthians 1:23–2:17
September 10                                    Look ahead to Sunday's Readings
                           Isaiah 29:17–24, 2 Corinthians 3:4–11, Mark 7:31–37

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