Wednesday, August 13, 2008

Proper 15 (20) - Lection Notes

Proper 15 (20)

Genesis 45:1-15 or Isaiah 56:1, 6-8
Psalm 133 or Psalm 67
Romans 11:1-2a, 29-32
Fr Paul C Thoms
Lections may be viewed at Vanderbilt Divinity College.

For additional comments by Chris Haslam, of the Diocese of Montreal.

Genesis 45:1-15
2 - Joseph the "dreamer" weeps.
3 - Joseph reveals himself.
4 - don't be angry with yourselves.
7 - a remnant on earth
8 - God sent Joseph to Egypt.
15 - Joseph kissed his brothers and wept upon them - then they talked with him. Joseph, who was wronged by his brothers takes the first step of reconciliation with his brothers.

Isaiah 56:1, 6-8

Psalm 133
This Psalm is classified as a Wisdom Psalm. It instills a feeling of unity, peace and tranquillity, not what Joseph felt for so many years.


Psalm 67

Romans 11:1-2a
1 - Paul a descendant of Benjamin, upon whose neck Joseph cried.
2 - God foreknew the people
30 - we receive mercy because of the disobedience of those who go before us.
31 - having received mercy yourselves, others may now receive mercy.
32 - all disobedience is imprisoned so that God may be merciful to all.

Matthew 15: (10-20), 21-2
10 - over and over again Jesus says "listen" and we pick up a book.
11 - while we ought to guard our minds, it is our mouths and the words we speak that reveal our hearts.
13 - what the Father sows will last

15 - Peter, the not so silent, speaks up yet again.
He ask Jesus to "Explain this parable to us."
16 - This reveals that Peter still does not understand.
17-20 - Jesus explains the parable
22 - Canaanite woman approaches Jesus
23-27 - her faith and tanasity
28 - her faith!

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