August 21, 2017 – August 25, 2017
In the Old Testament reading, King David and his men overcome Absalom and his men. But oh, what a dilemma for David, and what a sad and ironic outcome! And, because of his mourning the loss of his son, he almost lost his kingdom as well. But thanks be to God for providing people around him, to whose counsels he listened, his kingship is restored.
In the Acts of the Apostles, Paul is tried by Roman council and remains in prison for over two years – ironically safely guarded against the Jews who want him dead. Governor Felix is succeeded by Governor Porcius Festus. Paul appeals his trial to be held not in Jerusalem, to the Emperor, and to the Emperor he is ordered to go.
The Gospel readings from Mark finds Jesus challenged by Chief Priests, Pharisees, Herodians, Sadducees and scribes – and he quells their trick questions. The last of the challenges, we find a scribe asking about which is the greatest of the commandments. After Jesus’ answer, the scribe ends up agreeing wholeheartedly. Jesus exclaims that he is “not far from the kingdom of God.”
This week we will use Text 01.
Office of Morning Prayer Rite II Prepared Texts
Proper Season Text 01
Proper Season Text 02
Readings for this week:
Monday, August 21, 2017 (Proper 15)
Tuesday, August 22, 2017 (Proper 15)
Wednesday, August 23, 2017 (Proper 15)
Thursday, August 24, 2017 (Proper 15)
Friday, August 25, 2017 (Proper 15)