Reign of Christ, November 24, 2019, Proper 29, Year C

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Based on the Readings as Set

First Reading (Jeremiah 23:1-6)

The Lord rebukes the false shepherds who have devastated and scattered his people. He promises to regather the nation and appoint faithful shepherds who will be ruled by a descendant of David. His name will remind them that their righteousness is from God.

Psalm Substitute (Luke 1:68-79)

Zacharias, the father of John the Baptist, poetically proclaims that his newborn son will be the long-awaited prophet who prepares the way of the Lord. With his birth, the light of God’s great salvation from sin and death is finally beginning to dawn upon his people.

Second Reading (Colossians 1:11-20)

St. Paul points to God’s strength for help against all adversity while giving thanks for being rescued from the power of darkness. God has reconciled all things to himself through the cross of his divine Son, who, as creator and redeemer, is over all authorities.

Gospel (Luke 23:33-43)

St. Luke records Jesus’ words from the cross forgiving those responsible for his execution. They only scoff at his seeming inability to save himself. In contrast, a thief being crucified with him repents, and Jesus majestically assures him of Paradise.

Connection Suggestions

  • The powers of darkness are real, but ultimately subject to the Lord
  • There is only one Shepherd, to whom all the sheep, including their other shepherds are subject
  • The ministry of Jesus marks the beginning of God’s final salvation
  • Jesus is Lord of all
  • Forgiveness originates at the Cross

 

Based on the Alternative Psalm

First Reading (Jeremiah 23:1-6)

The Lord rebukes the false shepherds who have devastated and scattered his people. He promises to regather the nation and appoint faithful shepherds who will be ruled by a descendant of David. His name will remind them that their righteousness is from God.

Psalm (46)

The Psalmist depicts majestic rule of the Lord even in the midst of the chaos and trouble of this life. He is a strong refuge for the faithful, providing joy like a river that is flowing through the city of God as the morning dawns.

Second Reading (Colossians 1:11-20)

St. Paul points to God’s strength for help against all adversity while giving thanks for being rescued from the power of darkness. God has reconciled all things to himself through the cross of his divine Son, who, as creator and redeemer, is over all authorities.

Gospel (Luke 23:33-43)

St. Luke records Jesus’ words from the cross forgiving those responsible for his execution. They only scoff at his seeming inability to save himself. In contrast, a thief being crucified with him repents, and Jesus majestically assures him of Paradise.

Connection Suggestions

  • The powers of darkness are real, but ultimately subject to the Lord
  • There is only one Shepherd, to whom all the sheep, including their other shepherds are subject
  • The ministry of Jesus marks the beginning of God’s final salvation in the midst of all the ambiguities and troubles of this world
  • Jesus is Lord of all, even of our struggles and difficulties
  • Forgiveness originates at the Cross