November 4th, 2017

Saturday of Trinity 20


First Reading: Jer. 5:1-19


The Justice of God’s Judgment
 1 “Run to and fro through the streets of Jerusalem;
      See now and know;
      And seek in her open places
      If you can find a man,
      If there is anyone who executes judgment,
      Who seeks the truth,
      And I will pardon her.
       2 Though they say, ‘As the LORD lives,’
      Surely they swear falsely.”
       3 O LORD, are not Your eyes on the truth?
      You have stricken them,
      But they have not grieved;
      You have consumed them,
      But they have refused to receive correction.
      They have made their faces harder than rock;
      They have refused to return.
       4 Therefore I said, “Surely these are poor.
      They are foolish;
      For they do not know the way of the LORD,
      The judgment of their God.
       5 I will go to the great men and speak to them,
      For they have known the way of the LORD,
      The judgment of their God.”
      But these have altogether broken the yoke
      And burst the bonds.
       6 Therefore a lion from the forest shall slay them,
      A wolf of the deserts shall destroy them;
      A leopard will watch over their cities.
      Everyone who goes out from there shall be torn in pieces,
      Because their transgressions are many;
      Their backslidings have increased.
       7 “ How shall I pardon you for this?
      Your children have forsaken Me
      And sworn by those that are not gods.
      When I had fed them to the full,
      Then they committed adultery
      And assembled themselves by troops in the harlots’ houses.
       8 They were like well-fed lusty stallions;
      Every one neighed after his neighbor’s wife.
       9 Shall I not punish them for these things?” says the LORD.
      “ And shall I not avenge Myself on such a nation as this?
       10 “ Go up on her walls and destroy,
      But do not make a complete end.
      Take away her branches,
      For they are not the LORD’s.
       11 For the house of Israel and the house of Judah
      Have dealt very treacherously with Me,” says the LORD.
       12 They have lied about the LORD,
      And said, “It is not He.
      Neither will evil come upon us,
      Nor shall we see sword or famine.
       13 And the prophets become wind,
      For the word is not in them.
      Thus shall it be done to them.” 14 Therefore thus says the LORD God of hosts:
      “ Because you speak this word,
      Behold, I will make My words in your mouth fire,
      And this people wood,
      And it shall devour them.
       15 Behold, I will bring a nation against you from afar,
      O house of Israel,” says the LORD.
      “ It is a mighty nation,
      It is an ancient nation,
      A nation whose language you do not know,
      Nor can you understand what they say.
       16 Their quiver is like an open tomb;
      They are all mighty men.
       17 And they shall eat up your harvest and your bread,
      Which your sons and daughters should eat.
      They shall eat up your flocks and your herds;
      They shall eat up your vines and your fig trees;
      They shall destroy your fortified cities,
      In which you trust, with the sword. 18 “Nevertheless in those days,” says the LORD, “I will not make a complete end of you. 19 And it will be when you say, ‘Why does the LORD our God do all these things to us?’ then you shall answer them, ‘Just as you have forsaken Me and served foreign gods in your land, so you shall serve aliens in a land that is not yours.’
      



Second Reading: Matt. 22:23-46


The Sadducees: What About the Resurrection?

    23 The same day the Sadducees, who say there is no resurrection, came to Him and asked Him, 24 saying: “Teacher, Moses said that if a man dies, having no children, his brother shall marry his wife and raise up offspring for his brother. 25 Now there were with us seven brothers. The first died after he had married, and having no offspring, left his wife to his brother. 26 Likewise the second also, and the third, even to the seventh. 27 Last of all the woman died also. 28 Therefore, in the resurrection, whose wife of the seven will she be? For they all had her.” 29 Jesus answered and said to them, “You are mistaken, not knowing the Scriptures nor the power of God. 30 For in the resurrection they neither marry nor are given in marriage, but are like angels of God[a] in heaven. 31 But concerning the resurrection of the dead, have you not read what was spoken to you by God, saying, 32 ‘I am the God of Abraham, the God of Isaac, and the God of Jacob’?[b] God is not the God of the dead, but of the living.” 33 And when the multitudes heard this, they were astonished at His teaching.

The Scribes: Which Is the First Commandment of All?

    34 But when the Pharisees heard that He had silenced the Sadducees, they gathered together. 35 Then one of them, a lawyer, asked Him a question, testing Him, and saying, 36 “Teacher, which is the great commandment in the law?” 37 Jesus said to him, “ ‘You shall love the LORD your God with all your heart, with all your soul, and with all your mind.’[c] 38 This is the first and great commandment. 39 And the second is like it: ‘You shall love your neighbor as yourself.’[d] 40 On these two commandments hang all the Law and the Prophets.”

Jesus: How Can David Call His Descendant Lord?

    41 While the Pharisees were gathered together, Jesus asked them, 42 saying, “What do you think about the Christ? Whose Son is He?” They said to Him, The Son of David.” 43 He said to them, “How then does David in the Spirit call Him ‘Lord,’ saying:
       44 ‘ The LORD said to my Lord,
      “ Sit at My right hand,
       Till I make Your enemies Your footstool”’?[e]

 45 If David then calls Him ‘Lord,’ how is He his Son?” 46 And no one was able to answer Him a word, nor from that day on did anyone dare question Him anymore.

Footnotes:Matthew 22:30 NU-Text omits of God. Matthew 22:32 Exodus 3:6, 15 Matthew 22:37 Deuteronomy 6:5 Matthew 22:39 Leviticus 19:18 Matthew 22:44 Psalm 110:1


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