September 26, 2005

Readings for October 2

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Proper 22: Year A, BCP

The Collect


Almighty and everlasting God, you are always more ready to hear than we to pray, and to give more than we either desire or deserve: Pour upon us the abundance of your mercy, forgiving us those things of which our conscience is afraid, and giving us those good things for which we are not worthy to ask, except through the merits and mediation of Jesus Christ our Savior; who lives and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit, one God, for ever and ever. Amen.

The Old Testament


Isaiah 5:1-7
Let me sing for my beloved
my love-song concerning his vineyard:
My beloved had a vineyard
on a very fertile hill.
He dug it and cleared it of stones,
and planted it with choice vines;
he built a watchtower in the midst of it,
and hewed out a wine vat in it;
he expected it to yield grapes,
but it yielded wild grapes.
And now, inhabitants of Jerusalem
and people of Judah,
judge between me
and my vineyard.
What more was there to do for my vineyard
that I have not done in it?
When I expected it to yield grapes,
why did it yield wild grapes?
And now I will tell you
what I will do to my vineyard.
I will remove its hedge,
and it shall be devoured;
I will break down its wall,
and it shall be trampled down.
I will make it a waste;
it shall not be pruned or hoed,
and it shall be overgrown with briers and thorns;
I will also command the clouds
that they rain no rain upon it.
For the vineyard of the LORD of hosts
is the house of Israel,
and the people of Judah
are his pleasant planting;
he expected justice,
but saw bloodshed;
righteousness,
but heard a cry!

The Psalm


Psalm 80 or 80:7-14 Page 702, 703, BCP
Qui regis Israel
1
Hear, O Shepherd of Israel, leading Joseph like a flock; *
shine forth, you that are enthroned upon the cherubim.

2
In the presence of Ephraim, Benjamin, and Manasseh, *
stir up your strength and come to help us.

3
Restore us, O God of hosts; *
show the light of your countenance, and we shall be saved.

4
O LORD God of hosts, *
how long will you be angered
despite the prayers of your people?

5
You have fed them with the bread of tears; *
you have given them bowls of tears to drink.

6
You have made us the derision of our neighbors, *
and our enemies laugh us to scorn.

7
Restore us, O God of hosts; *
show the light of your countenance, and we shall be saved.

8
You have brought a vine out of Egypt; *
you cast out the nations and planted it.

9
You prepared the ground for it; *
it took root and filled the land.

10
The mountains were covered by its shadow *
and the towering cedar trees by its boughs.

11
You stretched out its tendrils to the Sea *
and its branches to the River.

12
Why have you broken down its wall, *
so that all who pass by pluck off its grapes?

13
The wild boar of the forest has ravaged it, *
and the beasts of the field have grazed upon it.

14
Turn now, O God of hosts, look down from heaven;
behold and tend this vine; *
preserve what your right hand has planted.

15
They burn it with fire like rubbish; *
at the rebuke of your countenance let them perish.

16
Let your hand be upon the man of your right hand, *
the son of man you have made so strong for yourself.

17
And so will we never turn away from you; *
give us life, that we may call upon your Name.

18
Restore us, O LORD God of hosts; *
show the light of your countenance, and we shall be saved.

The Epistle


Philippians 3:14-21
I press on toward the goal for the prize of the heavenly call of God in Christ Jesus. Let those of us then who are mature be of the same mind; and if you think differently about anything, this too God will reveal to you. Only let us hold fast to what we have attained.

Brothers and sisters, join in imitating me, and observe those who live according to the example you have in us. For many live as enemies of the cross of Christ; I have often told you of them, and now I tell you even with tears. Their end is destruction; their god is the belly; and their glory is in their shame; their minds are set on earthly things. But our citizenship is in heaven, and it is from there that we are expecting a Savior, the Lord Jesus Christ. He will transform the body of our humiliation that it may be conformed to the body of his glory, by the power that also enables him to make all things subject to himself.

The Gospel


Matthew 21:33-43
Jesus said, "Listen to another parable. There was a landowner who planted a vineyard, put a fence around it, dug a wine press in it, and built a watchtower. Then he leased it to tenants and went to another country. When the harvest time had come, he sent his slaves to the tenants to collect his produce. But the tenants seized his slaves and beat one, killed another, and stoned another. Again he sent other slaves, more than the first; and they treated them in the same way. Finally he sent his son to them, saying, `They will respect my son.' But when the tenants saw the son, they said to themselves, `This is the heir; come, let us kill him and get his inheritance.' So they seized him, threw him out of the vineyard, and killed him. Now when the owner of the vineyard comes, what will he do to those tenants?" They said to him, "He will put those wretches to a miserable death, and lease the vineyard to other tenants who will give him the produce at the harvest time."

Jesus said to them, "Have you never read in the scriptures:

`The stone that the builders rejected
has become the cornerstone;
this was the Lord's doing,
and it is amazing in our eyes'?

Therefore I tell you, the kingdom of God will be taken away from you and given to a people that produces the fruits of the kingdom."


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September 24, 2005

ERD and Episcopal Migration Ministries

From Episcopal News Service:

When the Most Rev. Frank T. Griswold asked EMM to assist evacuees, we knew we could apply our expertise in resettling overseas refugees," said C. Richard Parkins, EMM Director. "EMM counts on parish involvement, and in the days immediately following the hurricane, we were not surprised to have over 1000 offers of sponsorship from dioceses, congregations, and church institutions. Those displaced families who cannot return home and have no other options will be helped," said Parkins.

The relocation project assists evacuees in finding support and temporary or permanent resettlement in communities where Episcopalians and others have extended hospitality. ERD's support will train four teams of three people to screen and interview evacuees needing relocation assistance. It will also provide instruction and technical assistance for up to 10 dioceses that will support displaced people through congregations and communities.

Initially, EMM will serve in the Dioceses of Louisiana, Mississippi, Texas, West Texas, and West Tennessee by screening and facilitating the relocation of a number of evacuees to communities offering sponsorship.

"ERD is privileged to partner with EMM for this important work in helping people to reestablish their lives," said Abagail Nelson, Vice President of Program for ERD.

For more information on the project, please visit www.episcopalchurch.org/emm.

To make a contribution to help people affected by Hurricane Katrina, please donate to the Hurricane Katrina Response Fund by credit card at http://www.er-d.org/ or by calling , ext. 5129. Gifts can be mailed to: Episcopal Relief and Development, c/o Hurricane Katrina Response Fund, PO Box 12043, Newark, NJ 07101.


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Readings for September 25

Proper 21: The Sunday closest to September 28, BCP

The Collect


O God, you declare your almighty power chiefly in showing mercy and pity: Grant us the fullness of your grace, that we, running to obtain your promises, may become partakers of your heavenly treasure; through Jesus Christ our Lord, who lives and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit, one God, for ever and ever. Amen.

The Old Testament


Ezekiel 18:1-4,25-32
The word of the LORD came to me: What do you mean by repeating this proverb concerning the land of Israel, "The parents have eaten sour grapes, and the children's teeth are set on edge"? As I live, says the Lord GOD, this proverb shall no more be used by you in Israel. Know that all lives are mine; the life of the parent as well as the life of the child is mine: it is only the person who sins that shall die.

Yet you say, "The way of the Lord is unfair." Hear now, O house of Israel: Is my way unfair? Is it not your ways that are unfair? When the righteous turn away from their righteousness and commit iniquity, they shall die for it; for the iniquity that they have committed they shall die. Again, when the wicked turn away from the wickedness they have committed and do what is lawful and right, they shall save their life. Because they considered and turned away from all the transgressions that they had committed, they shall surely live; they shall not die. Yet the house of Israel says, "The way of the Lord is unfair." O house of Israel, are my ways unfair? Is it not your ways that are unfair?

Therefore I will judge you, O house of Israel, all of you according to your ways, says the Lord GOD. Repent and turn from all your transgressions; otherwise iniquity will be your ruin. Cast away from you all the transgressions that you have committed against me, and get yourselves a new heart and a new spirit! Why will you die, O house of Israel? For I have no pleasure in the death of anyone, says the Lord GOD. Turn, then, and live.

The Psalm


Psalm 25:1-14 or 25:3-9 Page 614, BCP
Ad te, Domine, levavi
1
To you, O LORD, I lift up my soul;
my God, I put my trust in you; *
let me not be humiliated,
nor let my enemies triumph over me.

2
Let none who look to you be put to shame; *
let the treacherous be disappointed in their schemes.

3
Show me your ways, O LORD, *
and teach me your paths.

4
Lead me in your truth and teach me, *
for you are the God of my salvation;
in you have I trusted all the day long.

5
Remember, O LORD, your compassion and love, *
for they are from everlasting.

6
Remember not the sins of my youth and my transgressions; *
remember me according to your love
and for the sake of your goodness, O LORD.

7
Gracious and upright is the LORD; *
therefore he teaches sinners in his way.

8
He guides the humble in doing right *
and teaches his way to the lowly.

9
All the paths of the LORD are love and faithfulness *
to those who keep his covenant and his testimonies.

10
For your Name's sake, O LORD, *
forgive my sin, for it is great.

11
Who are they who fear the LORD? *
he will teach them the way that they should choose.

12
They shall dwell in prosperity, *
and their offspring shall inherit the land.

13
The LORD is a friend to those who fear him *
and will show them his covenant.

14
My eyes are ever looking to the LORD, *
for he shall pluck my feet out of the net.

The Epistle


Philippians 2:1-13
If then there is any encouragement in Christ, any consolation from love, any sharing in the Spirit, any compassion and sympathy, make my joy complete: be of the same mind, having the same love, being in full accord and of one mind. Do nothing from selfish ambition or conceit, but in humility regard others as better than yourselves. Let each of you look not to your own interests, but to the interests of others. Let the same mind be in you that was in Christ Jesus,

who, though he was in the form of God,
did not regard equality with God
as something to be exploited,
but emptied himself,
taking the form of a slave,
being born in human likeness.
And being found in human form,
he humbled himself
and became obedient to the point of death--
even death on a cross.
Therefore God also highly exalted him
and gave him the name
that is above every name,
so that at the name of Jesus
every knee should bend,
in heaven and on earth and under the earth,
and every tongue should confess
that Jesus Christ is Lord,
to the glory of God the Father.
Therefore, my beloved, just as you have always obeyed me, not only in my presence, but much more now in my absence, work out your own salvation with fear and trembling; for it is God who is at work in you, enabling you both to will and to work for his good pleasure.

The Gospel


Matthew 21:28-32
Jesus said, "What do you think? A man had two sons; he went to the first and said, `Son, go and work in the vineyard today.' He answered, `I will not'; but later he changed his mind and went. The father went to the second and said the same; and he answered, `I go, sir'; but he did not go. Which of the two did the will of his father?" They said, "The first." Jesus said to them, "Truly I tell you, the tax collectors and the prostitutes are going into the kingdom of God ahead of you. For John came to you in the way of righteousness and you did not believe him, but the tax collectors and the prostitutes believed him; and even after you saw it, you did not change your minds and believe him."

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September 15, 2005

Out of Deep Waters: Parish gets back much more than it gave to evacuees

Our two churches together make up a community of about the number of people who attend St Alban's, Monroe LA. We may sometimes think that we're too small to make a difference, or that we can't afford to do very much. As you'll see from the following story, it doesn't take much to make a world of difference, and achieve so much with very little.

Episcopal News Service

[Episcopal News Service] St. Alban's Episcopal Church in Monroe, Louisiana, knows what it means to be under water. The spring rains of 1991 flooded the parish's low-lying neighborhood and ruined the brand-new parish hall. Since then the parish has often sheltered people looking for a place to get out of the way of storms in its rebuilt parish hall and it was no different after Hurricane Katrina. This time, however, the decision to take in evacuees was in the hands of Senior Warden Reese Little. St. Alban's, which has an average Sunday attendance of 80 people, has been without a rector for two years. He and his wife Dewana knew on Saturday, August 27, that the hurricane headed for Louisiana was going to be bad.

"We decided we needed to do this again," Little said.

They began putting the wheels in motion. He printed up flyers and sent his two children to distribute them to the desk clerks as Monroe hotels. As evacuees arrived in town and began to search for rooms, some found hotels full. Desk clerks then passed them the word about St. Alban's. At the height of their sheltering effort, 43 evacuees were living in the parish hall.

Little admits being a bit worried about how his fellow parishioners would react. "But they were all there, day and night," he said. Some parishioners who had not been around much in the last two years showed up and worked alongside everyone else.

"We had a lot of support from other churches," Little added.

Help came from the community as well. A real-estate agent with no connection with St. Alban's as far as Little knows called one day to ask if they had lunch covered for that day. When she was told they did not, the agent called a caterer and had lunch sent in. A local country club did the same on another day. The night shift at a nearby factory that makes light bulbs for General Motors vehicles made barbecue for the evacuees.

A Red Cross representative came looking for the St. Alban's shelter one day and got lost. She stopped at Tommy Smith's house for directions. She was actually about two blocks from the church so Smith took her there. Little said that when Smith saw evacuees sleeping in the parish hall, he came back later with passes to the Monroe Athletic Club which he owns. He told Little that evacuees were welcome to come over to shower, swim, work out and watch television. Many evacuees went to the club especially to watch CNN for its hurricane coverage. Little said the Parish Hall doesn't have cable. "All we had was 'rabbit ears,'" he said.

The evacuees were a diverse crowd that included Christians, Muslims, a Jewish man and people of all ages. The parish hosted three baby showers for evacuees, two for mothers with nearly newborns and one for a young woman about to give birth.

Some people had resources to get back on their feet and did so. However, parishioners have raised $20,000 to help the others. They helped rent seven or eight homes, according to Little, paying rental and utility security deposits and first month's rent. If people need a second month, Little said, the money will be there.

The last evacuees left St. Alban's on September 6, according to the Rev. Terry Pannell, the parish's supply priest. Pannell said he learned a lot from watching St. Alban's parishioners in the last two and a half weeks. "They showed me what it means to really come together as a ministering community," he said.

Little said the relief effort "really pulled our congregation together." There have been heartbreaks and hard work along the way, he said. One day his wife took a phone call from a family looking for shelter. She thought they couldn't take in anyone else. "She was trying hard to say no," Little said.

But she listened to this mother's story and she told her to come. The mother had a baby who is on a heart monitor and their alternative was to live in the back seat of their car, Little said. Dewana Little stood up a recent service at St. Alban's and told the congregation "don't ever say no." Pointing to the mother and her baby, she said, "this is who I almost said 'no' to."

She thanked the evacuees. "You all have done so much more for us than we have done for you," Little reported his wife as saying.

Little said the parish is energized by its hurricane-relief work and hopes to capitalize on the renewed interest he senses in the parish. He wants the parish to develop a disaster plan and buy supplies so that parishioners are ready to go for the next group of evacuees because he knows "we're going to do it again."

-- The Rev. Mary Frances Schjonberg is national correspondent for the Episcopal News Service.


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Readings for Sept. 18

Proper 20: The Sunday closest to September 21, BCP

Jonah 3:10-4:11
Philippians 1:21-27
Matthew 20:1-16
Psalm 145 or 145:1-8

The Collect


Grant us, Lord, not to be anxious about earthly things, but to love things heavenly; and even now, while we are placed among things that are passing away, to hold fast to those that shall endure; through Jesus Christ our Lord, who lives and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit, one God, for ever and ever. Amen.

The Old Testament


Jonah 3:10-4:11When God saw what the people of Nineveh did, how they turned from their evil ways, God changed his mind about the calamity that he had said he would bring upon them; and he did not do it.
But this was very displeasing to Jonah, and he became angry. He prayed to the LORD and said, "O LORD! Is not this what I said while I was still in my own country? That is why I fled to Tarshish at the beginning; for I knew that you are a gracious God and merciful, slow to anger, and abounding in steadfast love, and ready to relent from punishing. And now, O LORD, please take my life from me, for it is better for me to die than to live." And the LORD said, "Is it right for you to be angry?" Then Jonah went out of the city and sat down east of the city, and made a booth for himself there. He sat under it in the shade, waiting to see what would become of the city.

The LORD God appointed a bush, and made it come up over Jonah, to give shade over his head, to save him from his discomfort; so Jonah was very happy about the bush. But when dawn came up the next day, God appointed a worm that attacked the bush, so that it withered. When the sun rose, God prepared a sultry east wind, and the sun beat down on the head of Jonah so that he was faint and asked that he might die. He said, "It is better for me to die than to live."

But God said to Jonah, "Is it right for you to be angry about the bush?" And he said, "Yes, angry enough to die." Then the LORD said, "You are concerned about the bush, for which you did not labor and which you did not grow; it came into being in a night and perished in a night. And should I not be concerned about Nineveh, that great city, in which there are more than a hundred and twenty thousand persons who do not know their right hand from their left, and also many animals?"

Psalm 145 or 145:1-8 Page 801, BCP
Exaltabo te, Deus


1
I will exalt you, O God my King, *
and bless your Name for ever and ever.

2
Every day will I bless you *
and praise your Name for ever and ever.

3
Great is the LORD and greatly to be praised; *
there is no end to his greatness.

4
One generation shall praise your works to another *
and shall declare your power.

5
I will ponder the glorious splendor of your majesty *
and all your marvelous works.

6
They shall speak of the might of your wondrous acts, *
and I will tell of your greatness.

7
They shall publish the remembrance of your great goodness; *
they shall sing of your righteous deeds.

8
The LORD is gracious and full of compassion, *
slow to anger and of great kindness.

9
The LORD is loving to everyone *
and his compassion is over all his works.

10
All your works praise you, O LORD, *
and your faithful servants bless you.

11
They make known the glory of your kingdom *
and speak of your power;

12
That the peoples may know of your power *
and the glorious splendor of your kingdom.

13
Your kingdom is an everlasting kingdom; *
your dominion endures throughout all ages.

14
The LORD is faithful in all his words *
and merciful in all his deeds.

15
The LORD upholds all those who fall; *
he lifts up those who are bowed down.

16
The eyes of all wait upon you, O LORD, *
and you give them their food in due season.

17
Youwide your hand *
and satisfy the needs of every living creature.

18
The LORD is righteous in all his ways *
and loving in all his works.

19
The LORD is near to those who call upon him, *
to all who call upon him faithfully.

20
He fulfills the desire of those who fear him; *
he hears their cry and helps them.

21
The LORD preserves all those who love him, *
but he destroys all the wicked.

22
My mouth shall speak the praise of the LORD; *
let all flesh bless his holy Name for ever and ever.

The Epistle


Philippians 1:21-27
For to me, living is Christ and dying is gain. If I am to live in the flesh, that means fruitful labor for me; and I do not know which I prefer. I am hard pressed between the two: my desire is to depart and be with Christ, for that is far better; but to remain in the flesh is more necessary for you. Since I am convinced of this, I know that I will remain and continue with all of you for your progress and joy in faith, so that I may share abundantly in your boasting in Christ Jesus when I come to you again. Only, live your life in a manner worthy of the gospel of Christ, so that, whether I come and see you or am absent and hear about you, I will know that you are standing firm in one spirit, striving side by side with one mind for the faith of the gospel.

The Gospel


Matthew 20:1-16
Jesus said, "The kingdom of heaven is like a landowner who went out early in the morning to hire laborers for his vineyard. After agreeing with the laborers for the usual daily wage, he sent them into his vineyard. When he went out about nine o'clock, he saw others standing idle in the marketplace; and he said to them, `You also go into the vineyard, and I will pay you whatever is right.' So they went. When he went out again about noon and about three o'clock, he did the same. And about five o'clock he went out and found others standing around; and he said to them, `Why are you standing here idle all day?' They said to him, `Because no one has hired us.' He said to them, `You also go into the vineyard.' When evening came, the owner of the vineyard said to his manager, `Call the laborers and give them their pay, beginning with the last and then going to the first.' When those hired about five o'clock came, each of them received the usual daily wage. Now when the first came, they thought they would receive more; but each of them also received the usual daily wage. And when they received it, they grumbled against the landowner, saying, `These last worked only one hour, and you have made them equal to us who have borne the burden of the day and the scorching heat.' But he replied to one of them, `Friend, I am doing you no wrong; did you not agree with me for the usual daily wage? Take what belongs to you and go; I choose to give to this last the same as I give to you. Am I not allowed to do what I choose with what belongs to me? Or are you envious because I am generous?' So the last will be first, and the first will be last."


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September 08, 2005

Out of Deep Waters: Louisiana church provides radical hospitality to evacuees

From Episcopal News Service:

Tirelessly reaching out to a community shattered by the aftereffects of Hurricane Katrina, the Episcopal Diocese of Louisiana has temporarily relocated its offices to St. James Church in Baton Rouge, which is operating as a major distribution and sorting center and where staff and volunteers are working around the clock to meet the immediate needs of local evacuees.

"St. James is24 hours day and night so that evacuees can come here and take a shower," said Bishop Charles Jenkins of Louisiana. "We are in the process of gathering food and essential items to take to our evacuation shelters. "

The priests in Baton Rouge, especially those who've been trained by the Red Cross, have been working 24 hour shifts as chaplains in the shelters. St. James is coordinating with all the downtown Episcopal churches in providing ministry to those shelters.

"The Episcopal Church is like a good family," Jenkins said, "and when a crisis comes a good family pulls together."

Locally, West Suburban PADS is looking for shift volunteers, and there are other ways you can help people in need, such as donating personal care items, school supplies, and transitional housing "move-in" packs.


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September 05, 2005

Readings for Sunday Sept. 11

Ecclesiasticus 27:30-28:7
Romans 14:5-12
Matthew 18:21-35
Psalm 103 or 103:8-13

The Collect


O God, because without you we are not able to please you mercifully grant that your Holy Spirit may in all things direct and rule our hearts; through Jesus Christ our Lord, who lives and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit, one God, now and for ever. Amen.

First Lesson


Ecclesiasticus 27:30-28:7
Anger and wrath, these are abominations,
yet a sinner holds on to them.
The vengeful will face the Lord's vengeance,
for he keeps a strict account of their sins.
Forgive your neighbor the wrong he has done,
and then your sins will be pardoned when you pray.
Does anyone harbor anger against another,
and expect healing from the Lord?
If one has no mercy toward another like himself,
can he then seek pardon for his own sins?
If a mere mortal harbors wrath,
who will make an atoning sacrifice for his sins?
Remember the end of your life, and set enmity aside;
remember corruption and death, and be true to the commandments.
Remember the commandments, and do not be angry with your neighbor;
remember the covenant of the Most High, and overlook faults.

The Psalm


Psalm 103 or 103:8-13 Page 733, BCP
Benedic, anima mea
1
Bless the LORD, O my soul, *
and all that is within me, bless his holy Name.

2
Bless the LORD, O my soul, *
and forget not all his benefits.

3
He forgives all your sins *
and heals all your infirmities;

4
He redeems your life from the grave *
and crowns you with mercy and loving-kindness;

5
He satisfies you with good things, *
and your youth is renewed like an eagle's.

6
The LORD executes righteousness *
and judgment for all who are oppressed.

7
He made his ways known to Moses *
and his works to the children of Israel.

8
The LORD is full of compassion and mercy, *
slow to anger and of great kindness.

9
He will not always accuse us, *
nor will he keep his anger for ever.

10
He has not dealt with us according to our sins, *
nor rewarded us according to our wickedness.

11
For as the heavens are high above the earth, *
so is his mercy great upon those who fear him.

12
As far as the east is from the west, *
so far has he removed our sins from us.

13
As a father cares for his children, *
so does the LORD care for those who fear him.

14
For he himself knows whereof we are made; *
he remembers that we are but dust.

15
Our days are like the grass; *
we flourish like a flower of the field;

16
When the wind goes over it, it is gone, *
and its place shall know it no more.

17
But the merciful goodness of the LORD endures for ever on those who fear him, *
and his righteousness on children's children;

18
On those who keep his covenant *
and remember his commandments and do them.

19
The LORD has set his throne in heaven, *
and his kingship has dominion over all.

20
Bless the LORD, you angels of his,
you mighty ones who do his bidding, *
and hearken to the voice of his word.

21
Bless the LORD, all you his hosts, *
you ministers of his who do his will.

22
Bless the LORD, all you works of his,
in all places of his dominion; *
bless the LORD, O my soul.

The Epistle


Romans 14:5-12
Some judge one day to be better than another, while others judge all days to be alike. Let all be fully convinced in their own minds. Those who observe the day, observe it in honor of the Lord. Also those who eat, eat in honor of the Lord, since they give thanks to God; while those who abstain, abstain in honor of the Lord and give thanks to God.

We do not live to ourselves, and we do not die to ourselves. If we live, we live to the Lord, and if we die, we die to the Lord; so then, whether we live or whether we die, we are the Lord's. For to this end Christ died and lived again, so that he might be Lord of both the dead and the living.

Why do you pass judgment on your brother or sister? Or you, why do you despise your brother or sister? For we will all stand before the judgment seat of God. For it is written,

"As I live, says the Lord, every knee shall bow to me,
and every tongue shall give praise to God."
So then, each of us will be accountable to God.

The Gospel


Matthew 18:21-35
Peter came and said to Jesus, "Lord, if another member of the church sins against me, how often should I forgive? As many as seven times?" Jesus said to him, "Not seven times, but, I tell you, seventy-seven times.

"For this reason the kingdom of heaven may be compared to a king who wished to settle accounts with his slaves. When he began the reckoning, one who owed him ten thousand talents was brought to him; and, as he could not pay, his lord ordered him to be sold, together with his wife and children and all his possessions, and payment to be made. So the slave fell on his knees before him, saying, `Have patience with me, and I will pay you everything.' And out of pity for him, the lord of that slave released him and forgave him the debt. But that same slave, as he went out, came upon one of his fellow slaves who owed him a hundred denarii; and seizing him by the throat, he said, `Pay what you owe.' Then his fellow slave fell down and pleaded with him, `Have patience with me, and I will pay you.' But he refused; then he went and threw him into prison until he would pay the debt. When his fellow slaves saw what had happened, they were greatly distressed, and they went and reported to their lord all that had taken place. Then his lord summoned him and said to him, `You wicked slave! I forgave you all that debt because you pleaded with me. Should you not have had mercy on your fellow slave, as I had mercy on you?' And in anger his lord handed him over to be tortured until he would pay his entire debt. So my heavenly Father will also do to every one of you, if you do not forgive your brother or sister from your heart."


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