Proper 20 (25) 2016 – Jeremiah 9:18, 21-22

Monday, September 12, 2016

Our scriptures for this coming Sunday have prophets and psalmists crying out to God, and they have Christ reminding us that we can serve only one master.  The lectionary selections include: Jeremiah 8:18-9:1; Psalm 79:1-9; 1 Timothy 2:1-7 and Luke 16:1-13.  Alternate selections include Amos 8:4-7 and Psalm 113.

Jeremiah 9:18, 21-22My joy is gone, grief is upon me, my heart is sick…For the hurt of my poor people I am hurt, I mourn, and dismay has taken hold of me.  Is there no balm in Gilead?  Is there no physician there?  Why then has the health of my poor people not been restored?

I sometimes think we live in the Age of Me.  We are encouraged look perfect, get rich and out-compete one another.  But as people of faith, we are called to live out that faith in loving community with one another.

Prayer: Gracious God, help us to be able to cry out for one another as we seek to do your will this and every day.  Amen.


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