Monday, June 29, 2009

Gospel Passage for Sunday, July 5, 2009

This is my own translation of the lectionary gospel lesson for Sunday. Please make any comments concerning the passage you want. Together, let's discuss the Word of God:

Mark 6:1-13 - And [Jesus] went out from there and went into his home town, and his disciples followed him. And when the Sabbath arrived, he began to teach in the synagogue, and many who heard were amazed, saying, "From where does he get this, and what is the wisdom that was given to this person so that acts of power such as these with his hands he’s able to do? He’s the carpenter, the son of Mary and brother of James and Joses and Judas and Simon, isn’t he? And his sisters are here with us, aren’t they?" And they stumbled because of him. And Jesus said to them, "Prophets aren’t without honor, except in their home towns and with their relatives and in their homes." And he wasn’t able there to do acts of power, except laying hands on a few sick people and healing them. And he marveled at their lack of trust.
And he went among the surrounding villages teaching. And he called to himself the twelve and began to send them out two by two, and he gave to them authority over unclean spirits. And he charged them so that they might take nothing on the road except one staff, no bread, no bag for money, no money in their belts, but to wear sandals and not to put on two tunics. And he said to them, "Whenever you go into a house, there remain until you go out from there. And whatever place might not receive you nor listen to you, go out from there and shake off the dust from under your feet as a witness against them." And they went out and proclaimed so that people might repent. And many demons they cast out, and they anointed with oil many who were sick, and they were healed.

Monday, June 22, 2009

The Gospel Lesson for Sunday, June 28, 2009

Below is my translation of the Greek. Please leave any comments, ideas or suggestions. And please feel free to read the comments of others. Thanks.

Mark 4:21-43 - And after Jesus had crossed over again in the boat, a great crowd came together before him, and he was beside the lake. And one of the rulers of the synagogue came who’s name was Jarius, and when he saw him, he fell down before his feet. And he called out earnestly saying, "My daughter has come to the end. Come so that you might lay hand upon her so that she might be saved and live. And [Jesus] went with him.

And a great crowded followed him and pressed upon him. And there was a women who had a flow of blood for twelve years and who had endured much suffering from many doctors and had spent all she had and was no better but rather grew worse. Because she heard things concerning Jesus, she came behind him in the crowd and touched his cloak. For she said, "If I might only touch his cloak, then I will be saved." And immediately her flow of blood was dried, and she knew that she was healed of her affliction. And immediately Jesus was aware within himself that power had gone out from him, and he turned around in the crowd and said, "Who touched my cloak?" And his disciples said to him, "Do you see the crowd pressing on you and yet you say, ‘Who touched me?’" And he looked around to see the one who did this. And the woman was afraid and trembling because she knew what had happened to her. And she went and fell before him and said to him the whole truth. And he said to her, "Daughter, your faith has saved you. Go in peace and be well from your affliction."

While he was speaking, a person from the ruler of the synagogue came and said, "Your daughter has died. Why bother the teacher anymore?" But when Jesus overheard the word that had been spoken, he said to the ruler of the synagogue, "Don’t be afraid. Keep on believing." And he didn’t allow anyone to accompany him, except Peter and James and John, the brother of James. And when they came into the house of the ruler of the synagogue, he looked at the uproar and lamenting and all who were weeping. And after he’d gone in, he said to them, "Why the uproar and lamenting? The child isn’t dead but sleeping." And they ridiculed him. But he cast them all out and after taking along the father of the child and the mother and those who were with him, and he went in to where the child was. And after he took hold of the child’s hand, he said to her, "Talitha cumi," which is when translated "Little girl, I say to you, get up." And immediately the little girl rose and walked, for she was twelve. And immediately they were astonished in utter amazement. And he gave them all instructions so that no one should know this. And he said to bring her something to eat.

Monday, June 15, 2009

The Gospel Lesson for Sunday, June 21, 2009

This week I just included the gospel lesson. This is also my translation of the Greek. Please leave any comments, ideas or suggestions. Thanks.

Mark 4:35-41 - And he said to them on that day when early evening had come, "Let us go across to the other side." And after he sent away the crowds, they took him along as he was in the boat, and other boats were with him. And there came a great squall of wind, and the waves broke over the boat so that already the boat was filling. And he was in the stern upon a cushion sleeping. And they awoke him and said to him, "Teacher, you don’t care that we are perishing, do you?" And after he woke up, he rebuked the wind, and he said to the sea, "Be silent. Be still." And the wind dropped. And there was a great calm. And he said to them, "Why are you cowardly? How is it that you have no faith?" And they feared a great fear, and they said to one another, "Who then is he that even the wind and the sea obey him?"

Monday, June 8, 2009

Scripture Readings for the Week of June 8-14

1 Samuel 15:34-16:13
Then Samuel went to Ramah; and Saul went up to his house in Gibeah of Saul. 35Samuel did not see Saul again until the day of his death, but Samuel grieved over Saul. And the Lord was sorry that he had made Saul king over Israel.

1The Lord said to Samuel, “How long will you grieve over Saul? I have rejected him from being king over Israel. Fill your horn with oil and set out; I will send you to Jesse the Bethlehemite, for I have provided for myself a king among his sons.” 2Samuel said, “How can I go? If Saul hears of it, he will kill me.” And the Lord said, “Take a heifer with you, and say, ‘I have come to sacrifice to the Lord.’ 3Invite Jesse to the sacrifice, and I will show you what you shall do; and you shall anoint for me the one whom I name to you.” 4Samuel did what the Lord commanded, and came to Bethlehem. The elders of the city came to meet him trembling, and said, “Do you come peaceably?” 5He said, “Peaceably; I have come to sacrifice to the Lord; sanctify yourselves and come with me to the sacrifice.” And he sanctified Jesse and his sons and invited them to the sacrifice.

6When they came, he looked on Eliab and thought, “Surely the Lord’s anointed is now before the Lord.” 7But the Lord said to Samuel, “Do not look on his appearance or on the height of his stature, because I have rejected him; for the Lord does not see as mortals see; they look on the outward appearance, but the Lord looks on the heart.” 8Then Jesse called Abinadab, and made him pass before Samuel. He said, “Neither has the Lord chosen this one.” 9Then Jesse made Shammah pass by. And he said, “Neither has the Lord chosen this one.” 10Jesse made seven of his sons pass before Samuel, and Samuel said to Jesse, “The Lord has not chosen any of these.” 11Samuel said to Jesse, “Are all your sons here?” And he said, “There remains yet the youngest, but he is keeping the sheep.” And Samuel said to Jesse, “Send and bring him; for we will not sit down until he comes here.” 12He sent and brought him in. Now he was ruddy, and had beautiful eyes, and was handsome. The Lord said, “Rise and anoint him; for this is the one.” 13Then Samuel took the horn of oil, and anointed him in the presence of his brothers; and the spirit of the Lord came mightily upon David from that day forward. Samuel then set out and went to Ramah.

Psalm 20
1The Lord answer you in the day of trouble! The name of the God of Jacob protect you!
2May he send you help from the sanctuary, and give you support from Zion.
3May he remember all your offerings, and regard with favor your burnt sacrifices. Selah
4May he grant you your heart’s desire, and fulfill all your plans.
5May we shout for joy over your victory, and in the name of our God set up our banners. May the Lord fulfill all your petitions.
6Now I know that the Lord will help his anointed; he will answer him from his holy heaven with mighty victories by his right hand.
7Some take pride in chariots, and some in horses, but our pride is in the name of the Lord our God.
8They will collapse and fall, but we shall rise and stand upright.
9Give victory to the king, O Lord; answer us when we call.

2 Corinthians 5:6-17
So we are always confident; even though we know that while we are at home in the body we are away from the Lord— 7for we walk by faith, not by sight. 8Yes, we do have confidence, and we would rather be away from the body and at home with the Lord. 9So whether we are at home or away, we make it our aim to please him. 10For all of us must appear before the judgment seat of Christ, so that each may receive recompense for what has been done in the body, whether good or evil. 11Therefore, knowing the fear of the Lord, we try to persuade others; but we ourselves are well known to God, and I hope that we are also well known to your consciences.

12We are not commending ourselves to you again, but giving you an opportunity to boast about us, so that you may be able to answer those who boast in outward appearance and not in the heart. 13For if we are beside ourselves, it is for God; if we are in our right mind, it is for you. 14For the love of Christ urges us on, because we are convinced that one has died for all; therefore all have died. 15And he died for all, so that those who live might live no longer for themselves, but for him who died and was raised for them.

16From now on, therefore, we regard no one from a human point of view; even though we once knew Christ from a human point of view, we know him no longer in that way. 17So if anyone is in Christ, there is a new creation: everything old has passed away; see, everything has become new!

Mark 4:26-34
He also said, “The kingdom of God is as if someone would scatter seed on the ground, 27and would sleep and rise night and day, and the seed would sprout and grow, he does not know how. 28The earth produces of itself, first the stalk, then the head, then the full grain in the head. 29But when the grain is ripe, at once he goes in with his sickle, because the harvest has come.”
30He also said, “With what can we compare the kingdom of God, or what parable will we use for it? 31It is like a mustard seed, which, when sown upon the ground, is the smallest of all the seeds on earth; 32yet when it is sown it grows up and becomes the greatest of all shrubs, and puts forth large branches, so that the birds of the air can make nests in its shade.”

33With many such parables he spoke the word to them, as they were able to hear it; 34he did not speak to them except in parables, but he explained everything in private to his disciples.