Readings for June 25,2017 Year A Third Sunday after Pentecost

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First Reading and Psalm

  • Genesis 21:8-21
  • Psalm 86:1-10, 16-17

OR

  • Jeremiah 20:7-13
  • Psalm 69:7-10 (11-15), 16-18

Second Reading

  • Romans 6:1b-11

Gospel

  • Matthew 10:24-39

Full lections can be read here.

Based on the Readings as Set

After Isaac, the son of promise is born, his mother Sarah wants Abraham to get rid of Hagar and her son Ishmael, Isaac’s half-brother. Although reluctant to do so, Abraham complies after assurances from God that all would be well. Indeed, God immediately saves them from certain death after hearing their cries in the desert. In a time of great need the Psalmist pleads with Yahweh for deliverance, confident of the steadfast love of the one true God for all those who cry out to him. St. Paul points out the implications of being united with Christ through our baptism into his death and resurrection. Firstly we die with him, putting to death our old self and its orientation to sin. Secondly we are raised to new life with him, alive to God and enabled to walk in his ways. The impulse to sin should be abhorrent to those who truly seek to follow Jesus. Jesus warns of a future in which his followers would come under persecution after publically proclaiming everything he said. But do not fear, the Father has his eye on even the tiniest bird that falls and he will watch over them. The command to follow Jesus takes precedence even over family and it will take deep commitment to remain faithful. But even in death they will find new life.

As Introductions and/or Bulletin Use

First Reading

After Isaac, the son of promise is born, his mother Sarah wants Abraham to get rid of Hagar and her son Ishmael, Isaac’s half-brother. Although reluctant to do so, Abraham complies after assurances from God that all would be well. Indeed, God immediately saves them from certain death after hearing their cries in the desert.

Psalm

In a time of great need the Psalmist pleads with Yahweh for deliverance, confident of the steadfast love of the one true God for all those who cry out to him.

Second Reading

St. Paul points out the implications of being united with Christ through our baptism into his death and resurrection. Firstly we die with him, putting to death our old self and its orientation to sin. Secondly we are raised to new life with him, alive to God and enabled to walk in his ways. The impulse to sin should be abhorrent to those who truly seek to follow Jesus.

Gospel

Jesus warns of a future in which his followers would come under persecution after publically proclaiming everything he said. But do not fear, the Father has his eye on even the tiniest bird that falls and he will watch over them. The command to follow Jesus takes precedence even over family and it will take deep commitment to remain faithful. But even in death they will find new life.

Based on the Alternative Readings

Jeremiah complains to Yahweh because of the persecution he has suffered at the hands of his fellow Israelites for delivering an unwelcome message. He has had no choice because it is the word of the LORD and he has been compelled to proclaim it. In this he is aware that Yahweh is with him and will prevail. The Psalmist itemizes the negative things that have happened to him because of his faithfulness to Yahweh, including the estrangement of his family. At the same time he is prayerfully trusting in the steadfast love of the LORD for deliverance. St. Paul points out the implications of being united with Christ through our baptism into his death and resurrection. Firstly we die with him, putting to death our old self and its orientation to sin. Secondly we are raised to new life with him, alive to God and enabled to walk in his ways. The impulse to sin should be abhorrent to those who truly seek to follow Jesus. Jesus warns of a future in which his followers would come under persecution after publically proclaiming everything he said. But do not fear, the Father has his eye on even the tiniest bird that falls and he will watch over them. The command to follow Jesus takes precedence even over family and it will take deep commitment to remain faithful. But even in death they will find new life.

As Introductions and/or Bulletin Use

First Reading

Jeremiah complains to Yahweh because of the persecution he has suffered at the hands of his fellow Israelites for delivering an unwelcome message. He has had no choice because it is the word of the LORD and he has been compelled to proclaim it. In this he is aware that Yahweh is with him and will prevail.

Psalm

The Psalmist itemizes the negative things that have happened to him because of his faithfulness to Yahweh, including the estrangement of his family. At the same time he is prayerfully trusting in the steadfast love of the LORD for deliverance.

Second Reading

St. Paul points out the implications of being united with Christ through our baptism into his death and resurrection. Firstly we die with him, putting to death our old self and its orientation to sin. Secondly we are raised to new life with him, alive to God and enabled to walk in his ways. The impulse to sin should be abhorrent to those who truly seek to follow Jesus.

Gospel

Jesus warns of a future in which his followers would come under persecution after publically proclaiming everything he said. But do not fear, the Father has his eye on even the tiniest bird that falls and he will watch over them. The command to follow Jesus takes precedence even over family and it will take deep commitment to remain faithful. But even in death they will find new life.