Sunday, October 15, 2017

Lectionary 142: A Layman’s Take

Key:
What these passages tell us about God
What these passages tell us to do
What these passages tell us not to do
Commentary/observations

Reading 1 IS 25:6-10A
On this mountain the LORD of hosts will provide for all peoples a feast of rich food and choice wines, juicy, rich food and pure, choice wines.

On this mountain he will destroy the veil that veils all peoples, the web that is woven over all nations; he will destroy death forever. The Lord GOD will wipe away the tears from every face; the reproach of his people he will remove from the whole earth; for the LORD has spoken.

On that day it will be said: "Behold our God, to whom we looked to save us!
This is the LORD for whom we looked;
let us rejoice and be glad that he has saved us!"

For the hand of the LORD will rest on this mountain.

Responsorial Psalm PS 23:1-3A, 3B-4, 5, 6 
R. (6cd) I shall live in the house of the Lord all the days of my life.
The LORD is my shepherd; I shall not want.
In verdant pastures he gives me repose; beside restful waters he leads me;
he refreshes my soul
.
R.
 I shall live in the house of the Lord all the days of my life.
He guides me in right paths for his name's sake.
Even though I walk in the dark valley I
fear no evil; for you are at my side
with your rod and your staff that give me courage.

R. 
I shall live in the house of the Lord all the days of my life.
You spread the table before me in the sight of my foes; you anoint my head with oil; my cup overflows.
R.
 I shall live in the house of the Lord all the days of my life.
Only goodness and kindness follow me all the days of my life; and I shall
dwell in the house of the LORD for years to come.
R. 
I shall live in the house of the Lord all the days of my life.

Brothers and sisters: I know how to live in humble circumstances; I know also how to live with abundance.
In every circumstance and in all things I have learned the secret of being well fed and of going hungry, of living in abundance and of being in need. 

I can
do all things in him who strengthens me

Still, it was kind of you to
share in my distress.

My God will fully supply whatever you need, in accord with his glorious riches in Christ Jesus. To our God and Father, glory forever and ever. Amen.

Alleluia CF. EPH 1:17-18
R. Alleluia, alleluia.
May the Father of our Lord Jesus Christ enlighten the eyes of our hearts,
so that we may know what is the hope that belongs to our call.
R. 
Alleluia, alleluia.

Gospel MT 22:1-14 
Jesus again in reply spoke to the chief priests and elders of the people
in parables, saying, "The kingdom of heaven may be likened to a king
who gave a wedding feast for his sonHe dispatched his servants to summon the invited guests to the feast, but
they refused to come. A second time he sent other servants, saying, 'Tell those invited: "Behold, I have prepared my banquet, my calves and fattened cattle are killed, and everything is ready; come to the feast."'

Some ignored the invitation and went away, one to his farm, another to his business.  The rest laid hold of his servants, mistreated them, and killed them

The king was enraged and sent his troops, destroyed those murderers, and burned their city. 

Then he said to his servants, 'The feast is ready, but those who were invited were not worthy to come.  Go out, therefore, into the main roads and invite to the feast whomever you find.' The servants went out into the streets and gathered all they found, bad and good alike, and the hall was filled with guests. 

But when the king came in to meet the guests, he saw a man there not dressed in a wedding garment.  The king said to him, 'My friend, how is it that you came in here without a wedding garment?' But he was reduced to silence. Then the king said to his attendants, 'Bind his hands and feet, and cast him into the darkness outside, where there will be wailing and grinding of teeth.' Many are invited, but few are chosen."

1.    These readings show how much God loves and wants relationship with people.
2.   He offers very good things (first reading, psalm, gospel).
3.   He offers those good things to all, the “bad and good alike,” as the gospel puts it. See also  Proverbs 8:5; Proverbs 9:1-4; Romans 5:8; 1 John 4:10 & 19.  
4.   He makes great efforts to press His invitation (gospel). See also Proverbs 9:1-5.
5.    We are richly blessed if we accept His grace (first reading, psalm, gospel).
6.   The gospel reading illustrates how not to respond to God’s graces: allowing yourself to be distracted by lesser goods, outright hostility/rejection, and simply ignoring God’s efforts to reach out to you.
7.    The gospel reading also illustrates the grievous consequences of rebuffing God’s grace.


Saturday, October 14, 2017

Lectionary 466: A Layman’s Take

Key:
What these passages tell us about God
What these passages tell us to do
What these passages tell us not to do
Commentary/observations

Reading 1 JL 4:12-21
Thus says the LORD: Let the nations bestir themselves and come up to the Valley of Jehoshaphat; For there will I sit in judgment upon all the neighboring nations.

Apply the sickle, for the harvest is ripe; Come and tread, for the wine press is full;
The vats overflow, for great is their malice. Crowd upon crowd in the valley of decision; For near is the day of the LORD in the valley of decision. Sun and moon are darkened, and the stars withhold their brightness.

The LORD roars from Zion, and from Jerusalem raises his voice; The heavens and the earth quake, but the LORD is a refuge to his people, a stronghold to the children of Israel.

Then shall you know that I, the LORD, am your God, dwelling on Zion, my holy mountain; Jerusalem shall be holy, and strangers shall pass through her no more.
And then, on that day, the mountains shall drip new wine, and the hills shall flow with milk; And the channels of Judah shall flow with water: A fountain shall issue from the house of the LORD, to water the Valley of Shittim.

Egypt shall be a waste, and Edom a desert waste, because of violence done to the people of Judah, because they shed innocent blood in their land.

But Judah shall abide forever, and Jerusalem for all generations. I will avenge their blood, and not leave it unpunished.

The LORD dwells in Zion.

Responsorial Psalm PS 97:1-2, 5-6, 11-12
R. (12a) Rejoice in the Lord, you just!
The LORD is king;
let the earth rejoice; let the many isles be glad. Clouds and darkness are round about him, justice and judgment are the foundation of his throne.
R. 
Rejoice in the Lord, you just!
The mountains melt like wax before the LORD, before the LORD of all the earth.
The heavens proclaim his justice, and all peoples see his glory.
R.
 Rejoice in the Lord, you just!
Light dawns for the just; and gladness, for the upright of heart.
Be glad in the LORD, you just, and give thanks to his holy name.
R. 
Rejoice in the Lord, you just!

Alleluia LK 11:28                                                                                             
R. Alleluia, alleluia.
Blessed are those who
hear the word of God and observe it.
R. 
Alleluia, alleluia.

Gospel LK 11:27-28
While Jesus was speaking, a woman from the crowd called out and said to him,
"Blessed is the womb that carried you and the breasts at which you nursed."
He replied, "Rather, blessed are those who
hear the word of God and observe it."

I sit in judgment
The LORD roars from Zion,
The heavens and the earth quake, but the LORD is a refuge to his people, a stronghold to the children of Israel.
the mountains shall drip new wine, and the hills shall flow with milk;
the channels of Judah shall flow with water:
I will avenge their blood, and not leave it unpunished.

The LORD is king;
justice and judgment are the foundation of his throne.
mountains melt like wax before the LORD,
his justice, his glory.

Rejoice in the Lord, you just!
let the earth rejoice; let the many isles be glad.
Rejoice in the Lord, you just!
Be glad in the LORD, you just, and give thanks to his holy name.

hear the word of God and observe it.
hear the word of God and observe it.
1.    God is all powerful, over all people and over all other aspects of creation (first reading & psalm).
2.   God is good; He is just, glorious, and bestows great blessings on His people (first reading, psalm & gospel).
3.   We are to rejoice about, revel in, count on, God’s goodness (first reading, psalm & gospel).
4.   It makes sense that we are blessed if we observe God’s word. He is good, as just discussed, so whatever He tells us to do will be good for us (psalm & gospel).
It likewise makes sense that we can expect trouble if we rebel against God and his all wise, all loving, instructions. That rebellion is like ignoring the law of gravity: you will fall if you are not properly balanced (first reading).