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August 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 20 / Twentieth Sunday in Ordinary Time / Proper 15
Sunday, August 16, 2015

Susan E. Hylen
God's Wisdom prepares a lavish feast and invites humans to partake. The initial verses focus on the effort Wisdom has already expended in preparation for her guests. First, she builds her house (9:1). Its seven pillars suggest a grand and stable edifice. Then Wisdom prepares a feast: slaughtering animals, mixing spices with wine, and arranging a table (v. 2), all acts of hospitality. The metaphor...  Read more...

Karoline M. Lewis
Personified wisdom invites her disciples to her house, where the table is set and the feast is ready. The personification of wisdom as a woman is one of the unique features of the book of Proverbs and dominates the first nine chapters. Two speeches come from Woman Wisdom, 1:20-33 and 8:1-36 (see the first reading for the Fifteenth Sunday after Pentecost). The instructions and sayings of Woman...  Read more...

Adele Stiles Resmer
In our ongoing discussion of the saving food that is Jesus, we are invited to a banquet, where there is food and wine at a table surrounded by the simple and the senseless (Proverbs 9), where God promises to fill the hungry with the finest wheat (Psalm 34), and where Jesus invites us to "eat his body and drink his blood" (John 6). These texts work together to create a rich and dramatic...  Read more...

Gail Ramshaw
Israel understood that the Torah was God's wisdom for the people. In Proverbs 9 and the other Sophia poems, this wisdom of God's teaching is personified as a woman. Her house is the creation itself. She teaches wisdom as she serves a meal of bread and wine. By entering the house of wisdom and eating her food, we receive life. The New Testament's depiction of Christ closely parallels Wisdom as the...  Read more...

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Lectionary Notes by Gail Ramshaw
The Readings in the Bible
John 6 concludes by contrasting those of Jesus' disciples who eventually left his movement with those believers who remained. John has moved the setting from the shore of the lake (v. 25) to the synagogue (v. 59). Thus the discourse that...  Read more...

The Readings on this Day
Granting the cosmic power of evil, we don God's armor, which is faith in Christ and prayer in the Spirit. Granting the reality of death, we gather to eat the bread of heaven....  Read more...

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