Monday, July 27, 2009

John 6:24-35 - Lectionary Gospel Lesson for August 2, 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:

24Now when the crowd saw that Jesus wasn’t there nor were his disciples, they got into the boats and went to Capernaum because they were seeking Jesus. 25And when they found him on the other side of the sea, they said to him, "Rabbi, when did you come here?" 26Jesus answered them and said, "Amen, amen, I say to you; you seek me not because you saw signs but because you ate from the bread and were satisfied. 27Don’t work for the food that perishes, but for the food that remain into life eternal, which the son of man will give to you. For that one, God the Father certified." 28Now they said to him, "What should we do so that we might work the works of God?" 29Jesus answered and said to them, "This is the work of God, that you might believe in this one whom he sent." 30Now they said to him, "Now, what sign do you do, so that we might see and believe in you? What work? 31Our fathers ate manna in the wilderness, just as it’s written, ‘Bread from heaven he gave them to eat.’" 32Now Jesus said to them, "Amen, amen, I say to you, Moses didn’t give you bread from heaven, but my father gave you the real bread from heaven. 33For God’s bread is the one that comes down from heaven and gives life to the world." 34Now they said to him, "Lord, always give us this bread." 35Jesus said to them, "I am the bread of life, the one who comes to me will absolutely never be hungry and the one who believes in me will absolutely never be thirsty ever.

Monday, July 20, 2009

John 6:1-21 - The Lectionary Gospel Lesson for July 26

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After these things, Jesus went across the Sea of Galilee (that is the Sea of Tiberias). And a great crowd was following him, because they’d seen the signs which he’d done upon the weak. And Jesus went to the mountain, and there he sat with his disciples. And Passover was near, the festival of the Jews. Now when Jesus lifted up his eyes and observed that a great crowd had come to him, he said to Philip, "Where might we buy bread so that these people might eat?" (But he said this to test him, for he knew what he intended to do.) Philip answered him, "Two hundred denarri-worth of bread isn’t enough for them so that each might be given a little." One of his disciples, Andrew the brother of Simon Peter, said to him, "There is a youth here who has five loaves of barley bread and two small fish, but what are these for so many people?" Jesus said, "Have the people recline." There was a lot of grass in the place. Now the men reclined (the number as about 5,000). Now Jesus took the bread and after giving thanks, he distributed to those who were reclining, so also some of the fish as much as they wanted. And when they were satisfied, he said to this disciples, "Gather the leftover fragments, so that nothing might be lost." Now they gathered, and they filled twelve wicker baskets with fragments from the five loaves of barley bread which were left over from those who’d eaten. Now, when the people saw the sign which he’d done, they said, "He is truly the prophet who comes into the world." Now Jesus, because he knew that they intended to come and seize him so that they might make him king, withdrew again to the mountain by himself.
When early evening came, his disciples went down to the sea. And after they got into a boat, they started across the sea to Capernaum. And it had already become dark, and Jesus had not yet come to them. The sea became rough, because a great wind was blowing. Now after they’d gone three or four miles, they saw Jesus walking upon the sea, and he came near the boat. And they were afraid. But he said to them, "I am. Don’t be afraid." Now they wanted to take him into the boat. And immediately, the boat came upon the land to which they were going.

Monday, July 13, 2009

Mark 6:30-34, 53-56 - Lectionary Gospel Lesson for July 19, 2009

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And those who’d been sent out gathered before Jesus, and they reported to him everything that they’d done and taught. And he said to them, "Y’all come by yourselves to a deserted place and rest a little while." For many were coming and going, and they didn’t have the opportunity to eat. And they went in the boat to a deserted place. And many saw them going and recognized them, and on foot from all the towns, they ran there and arrived before them. And after Jesus came out, he saw a great crowd, and he was touched by them, because they were like sheep without a shepherd, and he began to teach them many things.
And after he’d crossed over, he came upon the land of Gennesaret and they anchored in the harbor. And after they’d gotten out of the boat and after they’d immediately recognized him, they ran around that whole district and began to carry upon stretchers those who had illnesses to where they’d heard he was. And wherever he came into a village or a town or a field, in the marketplace they would lay the weak, and they’d beg him so that even the edge of his garment they might touch. And those who touched him were made whole.

Monday, July 6, 2009

The Lectionary Gospel Passage for July 12

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14And King Herod heard, for [Jesus’s] name was well-known and they said that John the Baptist had been raised from the dead and for that reason, mighty works were at work in him. 15But others said, "He’s Elijah." But others said, "He’s a prophet just like one of the prophets."

16But when Herod heard, he said, "John was the one whom I myself beheaded. He’s been raised." 17For Herod sent for and arrested John and bound him in jail because of Herodias, the wife of Philip his brother, because he married her. 18For John said to Herod, "It’s not permissible for you to have your brother’s wife." 19But Herodias held a grudge against him, and she wanted to kill him, but she was not able. 20For Herod was afraid of John, because he knew that John was righteous and holy. And he kept John safe. And when he heard him, he was much puzzled and he heard him gladly.

21And an opportune day came, when Herod on his birthday served a dinner for his nobility and the military tribune and the leaders of Galilee. 22And after his daughter Herodias came in and danced, she was pleasing to Herod and to those who were dinning with him. The king said to the girl, "Ask me for whatever you might what. And I will give to you." 23And he took a strong oath, "Whatever you might ask of me, I will give it to you up to half my kingdom." 24And after she left, she said to her mother, "For what should I ask." And her mother said, "The head of John the Baptist." 25And immediately she returned quickly to the king and asked saying, "I want, so that it might be given to me at once upon a platter, the head of John the Baptist." 26And the king became very sad because of the oath and those who were dinning with him. He didn’t dare break his word to her. 27And immediately the king sent an executioner and gave him orders to bring his head. And after he went, he beheaded [John] in jail 28and brought his head upon a platter and gave it to the girl. And the girl gave it to her mother. 29And when his disciples heard, they came and took his corpse and they placed it in a tomb.