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July 2015
Lectionary Readings

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Beginning in December 2013, use the new Lectionary Notes tab to go to Gail Ramshaw's insights on the texts in "The Readings in the Bible" and "The Readings on This Day."

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Lectionary 16 / Sixteenth Sunday in Ordinary Time / Proper 11
Sunday, July 19, 2015

Ira Brent Driggers
The prophet Jeremiah ministered in Judah during the time of the Babylonian crisis (sixth century bce). He condemned Judah's idolatry and social injustices, predicted its conquest and exile into Babylon, yet also assured it of a merciful restoration after the days of punishment. In many respects this week's reading encapsulates that message in all its variety. We find a denunciation of...  Read more...

Henry G. Brinton
In Jeremiah, God laments the loss of good shepherds to watch over Israel. God is especially disappointed in King Jehoiakim, who lived six hundred years before Christ. Jehoiakim abused his people through misrule, unrighteousness, injustice, and economic oppression. When the powerful pharaoh of Egypt demanded that his nation pay a hundred talents of silver and one talent of gold, Jehoiakim raised...  Read more...

Matthew L. Skinner
Organizations sometimes host Christmas in July parties to mix up the summer routine. Today's lectionary readings lend themselves well to a celebration of Advent in July. Old Testament prophecies make magnificent promises about what God will accomplish through a descendant of David. An epistle text identifies the gospel as a proclamation of peace to humankind. The reading from Mark's Gospel...  Read more...

L. William Countryman
This passage of Jeremiah, with its threats against the shepherds (that is, the rulers) of Israel and promise to raise up a new shepherd, points toward the Gospel reading for today, which speaks of Jesus' compassion for the crowd "because they were like sheep without a shepherd."The charge against the shepherds is that they "destroy and scatter the sheep." Jeremiah is attacking a series of...  Read more...

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Lectionary Notes by Gail Ramshaw
The Readings in the Bible
The story of Jesus feeding the multitude is told six times in the four gospels. John's account, which fills chapter¬†6, was probably written about 100¬†ce, and the attention the fourth evangelist gives the story probably reflects the church's...  Read more...

The Readings on this Day
This week begins five Sundays with a focus on Christ as the bread of life. The particular emphasis on this Sunday might be that Christ walks on water toward us to feed us this Sunday....  Read more...

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