November 3rd, 2017

Friday of Trinity 20


First Reading: Jer. 3:6-4:2


A Call to Repentance

    6 The LORD said also to me in the days of Josiah the king: “Have you seen what backsliding Israel has done? She has gone up on every high mountain and under every green tree, and there played the harlot. 7 And I said, after she had done all these things, ‘Return to Me.’ But she did not return. And her treacherous sister Judah saw it. 8 Then I saw that for all the causes for which backsliding Israel had committed adultery, I had put her away and given her a certificate of divorce; yet her treacherous sister Judah did not fear, but went and played the harlot also. 9 So it came to pass, through her casual harlotry, that she defiled the land and committed adultery with stones and trees. 10 And yet for all this her treacherous sister Judah has not turned to Me with her whole heart, but in pretense,” says the LORD. 11 Then the LORD said to me, “Backsliding Israel has shown herself more righteous than treacherous Judah. 12 Go and proclaim these words toward the north, and say:
      ‘ Return, backsliding Israel,’ says the LORD;
      ‘ I will not cause My anger to fall on you.
      For I am merciful,’ says the LORD;
      ‘ I will not remain angry forever.
      That you have transgressed against the LORD your God,
      And have scattered your charms
      To alien deities under every green tree,
      And you have not obeyed My voice,’ says the LORD. 14 “Return, O backsliding children,” says the LORD; “for I am married to you. I will take you, one from a city and two from a family, and I will bring you to Zion. 15 And I will give you shepherds according to My heart, who will feed you with knowledge and understanding. 16 “Then it shall come to pass, when you are multiplied and increased in the land in those days,” says the LORD, “that they will say no more, ‘The ark of the covenant of the LORD.’ It shall not come to mind, nor shall they remember it, nor shall they visit it, nor shall it be made anymore. 17 “At that time Jerusalem shall be called The Throne of the LORD, and all the nations shall be gathered to it, to the name of the LORD, to Jerusalem. No more shall they follow the dictates of their evil hearts. 18 “In those days the house of Judah shall walk with the house of Israel, and they shall come together out of the land of the north to the land that I have given as an inheritance to your fathers. 19 “But I said:
      ‘ How can I put you among the children
      And give you a pleasant land,
      A beautiful heritage of the hosts of nations?’ “And I said:
      ‘ You shall call Me, “My Father,”
      And not turn away from Me.’
       20 Surely, as a wife treacherously departs from her husband,
      So have you dealt treacherously with Me,
      O house of Israel,” says the LORD.
       21 A voice was heard on the desolate heights,
      Weeping and supplications of the children of Israel.
      For they have perverted their way;
      They have forgotten the LORD their God.
       22 “ Return, you backsliding children,
      And I will heal your backslidings.”
      “ Indeed we do come to You,
      For You are the LORD our God.
       23 Truly, in vain is salvation hoped for from the hills,
      And from the multitude of mountains;
      Truly, in the LORD our God
      Is the salvation of Israel.
       24 For shame has devoured
      The labor of our fathers from our youth—
      Their flocks and their herds,
      Their sons and their daughters.
       25 We lie down in our shame,
      And our reproach covers us.
      For we have sinned against the LORD our God,
      We and our fathers,
      From our youth even to this day,
      And have not obeyed the voice of the LORD our God.”

 1 “If you will return, O Israel,” says the LORD,
      “Return to Me;
      And if you will put away your abominations out of My sight,
      Then you shall not be moved.
       2 And you shall swear, ‘The LORD lives,’
      In truth, in judgment, and in righteousness;
      The nations shall bless themselves in Him,
      And in Him they shall glory.”



Second Reading: Matt. 22:1-22


The Parable of the Wedding Feast
 1 And Jesus answered and spoke to them again by parables and said: 2 “The kingdom of heaven is like a certain king who arranged a marriage for his son, 3 and sent out his servants to call those who were invited to the wedding; and they were not willing to come. 4 Again, he sent out other servants, saying, ‘Tell those who are invited, “See, I have prepared my dinner; my oxen and fatted cattle are killed, and all things are ready. Come to the wedding.”’ 5 But they made light of it and went their ways, one to his own farm, another to his business. 6 And the rest seized his servants, treated them spitefully, and killed them. 7 But when the king heard about it, he was furious. And he sent out his armies, destroyed those murderers, and burned up their city. 8 Then he said to his servants, ‘The wedding is ready, but those who were invited were not worthy. 9 Therefore go into the highways, and as many as you find, invite to the wedding.’ 10 So those servants went out into the highways and gathered together all whom they found, both bad and good. And the wedding hall was filled with guests. 11 “But when the king came in to see the guests, he saw a man there who did not have on a wedding garment. 12 So he said to him, ‘Friend, how did you come in here without a wedding garment?’ And he was speechless. 13 Then the king said to the servants, ‘Bind him hand and foot, take him away, and[a] cast him into outer darkness; there will be weeping and gnashing of teeth.’ 14 “For many are called, but few are chosen.”
The Pharisees: Is It Lawful to Pay Taxes to Caesar?
    15 Then the Pharisees went and plotted how they might entangle Him in His talk. 16 And they sent to Him their disciples with the Herodians, saying, “Teacher, we know that You are true, and teach the way of God in truth; nor do You care about anyone, for You do not regard the person of men. 17 Tell us, therefore, what do You think? Is it lawful to pay taxes to Caesar, or not?” 18 But Jesus perceived their wickedness, and said, “Why do you test Me, you hypocrites? 19 Show Me the tax money.” So they brought Him a denarius. 20 And He said to them, “Whose image and inscription is this?” 21 They said to Him, “Caesar’s.” And He said to them, “Render therefore to Caesar the things that are Caesar’s, and to God the things that are God’s.” 22 When they had heard these words, they marveled, and left Him and went their way.

Footnotes:Matthew 22:13 NU-Text omits take him away, and.


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