On the civil calendar this Sunday will be the Fourth of July but on the liturgical calendar it will be the Fourteenth Sunday in Ordinary Time.
It will be interesting to see how American preachers work with these scriptures on this national holiday!
The readings and commentary on them can be found here and hints for helping children prepare to hear the Word can be found here.
In the first lesson Isaiah announces the end of Israel's exile and a return to their cherished homeland. The imagery here is lush and intimate as the Lord promises to comfort his chosen as a mother comforts her children (see Word for the Week on the sidebar). Another kind of intimacy is found in the second lesson as Paul identifies himself closely with the crucified Jesus, even to "bearing the marks of Jesus" on his own body. Your preacher might proclaim a longer or shorter form of a passage from Luke in which Jesus sends out 72 disciples, in pairs, with instructions on what they are to wear and carry. The pericope includes an account of the return of the 72 who rejoice in the ministry they've been chosen to offer.
In preparation for the Fourteenth Sunday in Ordinary Time, read:
- Isaiah for his beautiful imagery
- Paul for his personal confession of faith in Christ
- and Luke for summary of discipleship in Jesus' own day
And have a great Fourth of July, too!
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