Readings for October 2, 2016 Year C Proper 22 (27)

First Reading and Psalm Substitute

  • Lamentations 1:1-6
  • Lamentations 3:19-26

Second Reading

  • 2 Timothy 1:1-14

Gospel

  •  Luke 17:5-10

Alternative A: First Reading and Psalm

  • Lamentations 1:1-6
  • Psalm 137

Alternative B: First Reading and Psalm

  • Habakkuk 1:1-4; 2:1-4
  • Psalm 37:1-9

Full lections can be read here.

Based on the Readings as Set

The writer of Lamentations is eloquent in his sad description of a ruined and desolate Jerusalem, once majestic among the nations. He notes simply that this has all come about because of unfaithfulness to YAHWEH. In the Psalm Substitute the same author records his deep pain at Judah’s fate but calls to mind that YAHWEH is faithful (unlike Judah?) and his salvation is worth waiting for. Paul, himself suffering for being faithful, trusts in Christ for his ultimate vindication. In this light he urges Timothy to be faithful as well, guarding the treasure of the message of grace. In the Gospel Jesus reminds his disciples that, in contrast to spectacular feats of spiritual power, no less than the humble performance of our calling is what is required of us. This is what true faithfulness looks like.

Based on Alternative A

The writer of Lamentations is eloquent in his sad description of a ruined and desolate Jerusalem, once majestic among the nations. He notes simply that this has all come about because of unfaithfulness to YAHWEH. The Psalmist bitterly resents the conquerors’ demands for entertainment from the captives. Blaming only the Babylonians for the disaster, he can only call on YAHWEH to execute terrible revenge upon them. Paul, himself suffering for being faithful, trusts in Christ for his ultimate vindication. In this light he urges Timothy to be faithful as well, guarding the treasure of the message of grace. In the Gospel Jesus reminds his disciples that, in contrast to spectacular feats of spiritual power, no less than the humble performance of our calling is what is required of us. This is what true faithfulness looks like.

Based on Alternative B

Crying out for YAHWEH to end his silence in the midst of Judah’s destruction, the prophet Habakkuk decides simply to listen for the divine word. He is assured both of a coming “end” for which he is to wait and also that it is through such faithfulness that the righteous will live. “Just wait” is also the counsel of the YAHWEH to the Psalmist who agonizes over the triumph of the wicked all around him. Faithfulness will lead to inheriting the land. Paul, himself suffering for being faithful, trusts in Christ for his ultimate vindication. In this light he urges Timothy to be faithful as well, guarding the treasure of the message of grace. In the Gospel Jesus reminds his disciples that, in contrast to spectacular feats of spiritual power, no less than the humble performance of our calling is what is required of us. This is what true faithfulness looks like.

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