Friday, June 11, 2010

Introduction to the Readings - Proper 11 / June 12 - 18

1 Kgs 21:1-10 (11-14), 15-21a – Psa 5:1-8 – Gal 2:15-21 – Lk 7:36-8:3
Intro to the Readings

From I Kings we hear the story of Naboth from Jezreel, that is “God sows,” and how he is falsely accused, stoned to death, and his vineyard appropriated. Elijah, the prophet, confronts King Ahab at Naboth’s vineyard.
Psalm 5 is an individual lament. It reflects what Naboth’s family would have felt following his unjust condemnation and death. The Psalm is a cry to God for justice.
In the reading from Galatians the Apostle Paul expresses the arguments that some may bring about the Law, faith and grace. He emphasizes – grace – faith – and life – in Christ.
In the Gospel listen as the Lord is invited to the house of Simon, a Pharisee. Simon doesn’t give Jesus water to wash his feet but a woman washes them with her tears.
Simon is critical of Jesus and the Lord tells him a parable.

Be observant to the injustice in the world, and in ourselves.
Emphasize the faith in our lives rather than law.
Let us listen for the parable the Lord speaks to us.

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