Monday, February 17, 2014

Seventh Sunday in Ordinary Time [Proper 2]*

Job 35:1-16
Psalm 119:(1-16) 17-32
Matthew 7:13-20
2Peter 2


Yes, people are slaves to whatever masters them, but those who repent and confess their sins in true humility have a good Lord who is unsurpassed, the Master who has bought them for freedom by the gift of his own Son. And if this same God, who saved Noah, a herald of righteousness, with seven others, when he brought a flood on the world of the ungodly; if he rescued Lot, a righteous man greatly distressed by the licentiousness of the lawless, then the Lord knows how to rescue the godly from trial; for indeed the one who calls us to enter life through the narrow gate has struggled through that gate ahead of us, has opened the way for us, and in this way has delivered us from death to life. Know that, in Jesus Christ, we are given the victory over sin that he himself gained on our behalf. Therefore, be at peace in the knowledge that in Christ we are forgiven and free to enter into the fullness of life.  

Monday, February 10, 2014

Sixth Sunday in Ordinary Time [Proper 1]*

Job 34:21-37
Psalm 12
Matthew 7:1-12
2Peter 1:1-15

The eyes of God are upon the ways of mortals, and he sees all their steps. There is no gloom or deep darkness where evildoers may hide themselves. But all human vision is obscured and inverted, for people find fault with others for the very things they themselves do and have done. This is why Jesus said, Why do you see the speck in your neighbor’s eye, but do not notice the log in your own eye? Or how can you say to your neighbor, ‘Let me take the speck out of your eye,’ while the log is in your own eye?” Friends, in humble obedience to our Lord Jesus Christ, let us first take the logs out of our own eyes in confession and repentance, and then, by God’s grace, we may perhaps see clearly enough to assist our neighbors. Let us confess our sins.