These are the lessons of the Seventh Sunday after Pentecost. Our Old Testament lessons continue to follow the story of the patriarchs with Jacob's dream and God's vow to never leave him until He has fulfilled his promises. In the Psalm, we find personal reassurance that we too have that same promised presence of God through his Holy Spirit.
The timely message of the epistle brings us much encouragement and declares that the Spirit that Christ has sent to us is one of adoption and not of fear, by which God's promise of innumerable heirs laid down in Genesis is being brought to pass even today. The epistle reading ends with a word about patience, which is explained by the wheat and tares parable given by our Lord in the Gospel reading.
May the Lord bless us through the renewing of our minds by the reading of His word.
A Reading from the Old TEstament
A Reading from the Psalms
A Reading from the Epistles
A Reading from the Gospel
God of Abraham, Isaac, and Jacob, we glorify you and give praise that in You there is no shadow of changing. That your covenant promises are still upheld and fulfilled by your steadfast love. Grant us the patience needed to avoid comparing the sufferings of the day to the glory yet to be revealed. Grant us hope as children of promise living among the tares to do so without fear, determined to share your light in the darkness of this world. Amen.
A Spiritual Song