9 Not Here for High and Holy Things
307 Lord Enthroned in Heavenly Splendor
594 God of Grace, and God of Glory
Birthday: Alex Andreae (14), Hugh Allen (16)
For the sick and those needing healing and support:
For the departed:
For people suffering from religious persecution
For people experiencing violence throughout the world
For safety and protection for all travelers
For people suffering loss from fires or floods
About the Readings . . .
Ruth, the foreigner — a Moabite woman — is an unlikely character to find in the historical books of the Hebrew Scriptures. Our (first) reading gives a clue about her inclusion in the last words of the reading: she is grandmother of David, which for Christians makes her an ancestor of the “Son of David” and thus woven into our own sacred story.
The writer of the epistle (second reading) continues his exposition of the unique role of Jesus. As eternal priest and sacrificial victim, Jesus opens the way for inclusion in God’s saving mission those who, in trust, are “waiting for him.”
Mark’s Gospel moves towards its climax after a series of confrontations of Jesus with adversaries. Today, In two contrasting scenes, his message is clear: it is not status or sanctity but simple trust which qualify one for the Kingdom.
Next Week’s Readings (26 Pentecost):
1 Samuel 1:4-20; 1 Samuel 2:1-10
Hebrews 10:11-25; 13:1-8