September 27th, 2018

Thursday of Trinity 17

First Reading: Mal. 3:6-4:6

6 “ For I am the LORD, I do not change;
      Therefore you are not consumed, O sons of Jacob.
       7 Yet from the days of your fathers
      You have gone away from My ordinances
      And have not kept them.
      Return to Me, and I will return to you,”
      Says the LORD of hosts.
      “ But you said,
      ‘ In what way shall we return?’

Do Not Rob God
    8 “ Will a man rob God?
      Yet you have robbed Me!
      But you say,
      ‘ In what way have we robbed You?’
      In tithes and offerings.
       9 You are cursed with a curse,
      For you have robbed Me,
      Even this whole nation.
       10 Bring all the tithes into the storehouse,
      That there may be food in My house,
      And try Me now in this,”
      Says the LORD of hosts,
      “ If I will not open for you the windows of heaven
      And pour out for you such blessing
      That there will not be room enough to receive it.
       11 “ And I will rebuke the devourer for your sakes,
      So that he will not destroy the fruit of your ground,
      Nor shall the vine fail to bear fruit for you in the field,”
      Says the LORD of hosts;
       12 And all nations will call you blessed,
      For you will be a delightful land,”
      Says the LORD of hosts.
The People Complain Harshly
    13 “ Your words have been harsh against Me,”
      Says the LORD,
      “ Yet you say,
      ‘ What have we spoken against You?’
       14 You have said,
      ‘ It is useless to serve God;
      What profit is it that we have kept His ordinance,
      And that we have walked as mourners
      Before the LORD of hosts?
       15 So now we call the proud blessed,
      For those who do wickedness are raised up;
      They even tempt God and go free.’”
A Book of Remembrance
    16 Then those who feared the LORD spoke to one another,
      And the LORD listened and heard them;
      So a book of remembrance was written before Him
      For those who fear the LORD
      And who meditate on His name.
       17 “ They shall be Mine,” says the LORD of hosts,
      “ On the day that I make them My jewels.[a]
      And I will spare them
      As a man spares his own son who serves him.”
       18 Then you shall again discern
      Between the righteous and the wicked,
      Between one who serves God
      And one who does not serve Him.
The Great Day of God
 1 “For behold, the day is coming,
      Burning like an oven,
      And all the proud, yes, all who do wickedly will be stubble.
      And the day which is coming shall burn them up,”
      Says the LORD of hosts,
      “ That will leave them neither root nor branch.
       2 But to you who fear My name
      The Sun of Righteousness shall arise
      With healing in His wings;
      And you shall go out
      And grow fat like stall-fed calves.
       3 You shall trample the wicked,
      For they shall be ashes under the soles of your feet
      On the day that I do this,
      Says the LORD of hosts.
       4 “ Remember the Law of Moses, My servant,
      Which I commanded him in Horeb for all Israel,
      With the statutes and judgments.
       5 Behold, I will send you Elijah the prophet
      Before the coming of the great and dreadful day of the LORD.
       6 And he will turn
      The hearts of the fathers to the children,
      And the hearts of the children to their fathers,
      Lest I come and strike the earth with a curse.”

Footnotes:Malachi 3:17 Literally special treasure

Second Reading: Matt. 4:12-25

Jesus Begins His Galilean Ministry

    12 Now when Jesus heard that John had been put in prison, He departed to Galilee. 13 And leaving Nazareth, He came and dwelt in Capernaum, which is by the sea, in the regions of Zebulun and Naphtali, 14 that it might be fulfilled which was spoken by Isaiah the prophet, saying:
       15 “ The land of Zebulun and the land of Naphtali,
      By the way of the sea, beyond the Jordan,
      Galilee of the Gentiles:
       16 The people who sat in darkness have seen a great light,
      And upon those who sat in the region and shadow of death
      Light has dawned.”[a] 17 From that time Jesus began to preach and to say, “Repent, for the kingdom of heaven is at hand.”

Four Fishermen Called as Disciples

    18 And Jesus, walking by the Sea of Galilee, saw two brothers, Simon called Peter, and Andrew his brother, casting a net into the sea; for they were fishermen. 19 Then He said to them, “Follow Me, and I will make you fishers of men.” 20 They immediately left their nets and followed Him. 21 Going on from there, He saw two other brothers, James the son of Zebedee, and John his brother, in the boat with Zebedee their father, mending their nets. He called them, 22 and immediately they left the boat and their father, and followed Him.

Jesus Heals a Great Multitude

    23 And Jesus went about all Galilee, teaching in their synagogues, preaching the gospel of the kingdom, and healing all kinds of sickness and all kinds of disease among the people. 24 Then His fame went throughout all Syria; and they brought to Him all sick people who were afflicted with various diseases and torments, and those who were demon-possessed, epileptics, and paralytics; and He healed them. 25 Great multitudes followed Him—from Galilee, and from Decapolis, Jerusalem, Judea, and beyond the Jordan.

Footnotes:Matthew 4:16 Isaiah 9:1, 2


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