Mary Ricketts

Proper 12

July 28, 2013
See Also: 
Reading 1: 
Hosea 1:2-10
Reading 2: 
Psalm 85
Reading 3: 
Colossians 2:6-15 (16-19)
Reading 4: 
Luke 11:1-13
By Mary Ricketts

Hosea 1:2-10

When I read a passage like this one from Hosea, I always wonder what people who believe the scriptures are inerrant think. The prophet gives us an amazingly strong and provocative image of experiencing God's disappointment in the chosen people. It speaks to their unfaithfulness to God's covenant in a powerful way. I once heard a psychologist comment that if you want to make a lasting impression about the way you feel about something or someone, tell a symbolic story that conveys the feelings of the event or person.

Proper 11

July 21, 2013
See Also: 
Reading 1: 
Amos 8:1-12
Reading 2: 
Psalm 52
Reading 3: 
Colossians 1:15-28
Reading 4: 
Luke 10:38-42
By Mary Ricketts

Amos 8:1-12

This pericope continues God's proclamation against the injustices found in Israel.

Proper 10

July 14, 2013
See Also: 
Reading 1: 
Amos 7:7-17
Reading 2: 
Psalm 82
Reading 3: 
Colossians 1:1-14
Reading 4: 
Luke 10:25-37
By Mary Ricketts

Amos 7:7-17

This is the first of two readings from the prophet Amos. In the opening chapters of this book God has denounced the people of Israel, and said they have ruined all the “prophets-in-training.” So, Amos is given the proclamation from God, even though he raises cattle and sycamore trees.

Proper 9

July 7, 2013
See Also: 
Reading 1: 
2 Kings 5:1-14
Reading 2: 
Psalm 30
Reading 3: 
Galatians 6: (1-6) 7-16
Reading 4: 
Luke 10:1-11, 16-20
By Mary Ricketts

During Common Time the lectionary gives continuous reading through a number of books. In the month of July in the Hebrew Scriptures we are finishing up with 2 Kings, moving though Amos and will finish up in the first chapter of Hosea. Each of the Hebrew Scriptures selections can be easily paired with the Psalm of the day. The month begins by finishing up the readings from the letter to the Galatians and then the rest of the month is spent in the letter to the Colossians.

Proper 16

August 26, 2012
See Also: 
Reading 1: 
I Kings 8:(1, 6, 10-11), 22-30, 41-43
By Mary Ricketts

The main section of this reading (22-30) is Solomon's dedication prayer for the temple in Jerusalem. The verse that comes before this section sets the scene for the temple dedication that occurred in the seventh month, which means this dedication service was held off for nearly a year after the completion of the temple and coincided with the Feast of Tabernacles. This Feast was a ceremonial renewal of God's covenant with the chosen people. At this year's celebration, the Ark of the Covenant was brought from the city of David to Jerusalem.

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