Musings on Scripture

Steven Secker

    Trinity 24A (22-Nov-20)

    Ezekiel 34:11-16,20-24 God the true shepherd 11Thus says the Lord God: ‘I myself will search for my sheep, and will seek them out. 12As shepherds seek out their flocks when they are among their scattered sheep, so I will seek out my sheep. I will rescue them from all the places to which they have …

    St Luke 20A

    Luke 10:1-9 The Mission of the Seventy 1The Lord appointed seventy and sent them on ahead of Him in pairs to every town and place where He Himself intended to go. 2He said to them, ‘The harvest is plentiful, but the labourers are few; therefore ask the Lord of the harvest to send out labourers …

    St Luke – Sirach

    Ecclesiasticus 38:1-4, 6-10, 12-14 Concerning Physicians and Health 1Honour physicians for their services, for the Lord created them; 2for their gift of healing comes from the Most High, and they are rewarded by the king. 3The skill of physicians makes them distinguished, and in the presence of the great they are admired. 4The Lord created …

    Trinity 19A

    Philippians 4:1-9 1My brothers and sisters, whom I love and long for, my joy and crown, stand firm in the Lord, my beloved. 2I urge Euodia and I urge Syntyche to be of the same mind in the Lord. 3Yes, and I ask you also, my loyal companion, help these women, for they have struggled …

    Trinity 18A

    Exodus 20:1-5a, 7-10, 12-20 The Ten Commandments 1God spoke all these words: 2I am the Lord your God, who brought you out of the land of Egypt, out of the house of slavery; 3you shall have no other gods before me. 4You shall not make for yourself an idol, whether in the form of anything …

    Trinity 17A

    Matthew 21: 23-32 – The Authority of Jesus Questioned 23When Jesus entered the temple, the chief priests and the elders of the people came to Him as He was teaching, and said, ‘By what authority are you doing these things, and who gave you this authority?’ 24Jesus said to them, ‘I will also ask you …

    Trinity 16A

    Exodus 16:2-15 2The whole congregation of the Israelites complained against Moses and Aaron in the wilderness. 3The Israelites said to them, ‘If only we had died by the hand of the Lord in the land of Egypt, when we sat by the fleshpots and ate our fill of bread; for you have brought us out …

    Trinity 15A

    Matthew 18:21-35 Forgiveness 21Peter came and said to Jesus, ‘Lord, if another member of the church sins against me, how often should I forgive? As many as seven times?’ 22Jesus said to him, ‘Not seven times, but, I tell you, seventy-seven times. 23‘For this reason the kingdom of heaven may be compared to a king …

    Trinity 14 A

    Exodus 12:1-14 Institution of the Passover 1The Lord said to Moses and Aaron in the land of Egypt: 2This month shall mark for you the beginning of months; it shall be the first month of the year for you. 3Tell the whole congregation of Israel that on the tenth of this month they are to …

    Trinity 13A

    Matthew 16:21-28 Jesus Foretells His Death and Resurrection 21Jesus began to show his disciples that He must go to Jerusalem and undergo great suffering at the hands of the elders and chief priests and scribes, and be killed, and on the third day be raised. 22Peter took Him aside and began to rebuke Him, saying, …

    Trinity 12A

    Romans 12:1-8 New Life in Christ 1I appeal to you all, by the mercies of God, to present your bodies as a living sacrifice, holy and acceptable to God, which is your spiritual worship. 2Do not be conformed to this world, but be transformed by the renewing of your minds, so that you may discern …

    Trinity 11A

    Matthew 15:10-28 10Jesus called the crowd to him and said to them, ‘Listen and understand: 11it is not what goes into the mouth that defiles a person, but it is what comes out of the mouth that defiles.’ 12Then the disciples approached and said to him, ‘Do you know that the Pharisees took offence when …

    Trinity 10A

    Matthew 14:22-36: Jesus Walks on the Water 22Jesus made the disciples get into a boat and go on ahead to the other side of the Sea of Galilee while He dismissed the crowds. 23After He had dismissed the crowds, He went up the mountain by himself to pray. When evening came, He was there alone, …

    Trinity 9A

    Psalm 17 1Hear my just cause, O Lord; give heed to my cry; Listen to my prayer, that comes from no lying lips. 2Let judgement for me come forth from your presence; and let your eyes discern the right. 3Though you search my heart, and visit me in the night-time, though you try me by …

    Trinity 8A

    Genesis 29:15-28 Jacob Marries Laban’s Daughters 15Laban said to Jacob, ‘Because you are my kinsman, should you therefore serve me for nothing? Tell me, what shall your wages be?’ 16Now Laban had two daughters; the name of the elder was Leah, and the name of the younger was Rachel. 17Leah’s eyes were lovely, and Rachel …

    Trinity 7A

    Romans 8:12-25 12Brothers and sisters, we are debtors, not to the flesh, to live according to the flesh — 13for if you live according to the flesh, you will die; but if by the Spirit you put to death the deeds of the body and you will live. 14All who are led by the Spirit …

    Trinity 6A

    Matthew 13:1-23: The Parable of the Sower 1Jesus went out of the house and sat beside the lake. 2Such great crowds gathered around him that he got into a boat and sat there, while the whole crowd stood on the beach. 3He told them many things in parables, saying: ‘Listen! A sower went out to …

    Trinity 5A

    Genesis 24:34-67 (excerpts): A wife for Isaac 34Abraham’s servant said to Laban: 35“The Lord has greatly blessed my master, and he has become wealthy; he has given him flocks and herds, silver and gold, male and female slaves, camels and donkeys; 36and Sarah, my master’s wife, bore a son to my master when she was …

    Trinity 4A

    Psalm 13: A prayer for Deliverance from Enemies 1How long, O Lord? Will you forget me for ever?How long will you hide your face from me?2How long must I bear pain in my soul,and have sorrow in my heart all day long?How long shall my enemy triumph over me? 3Consider me and answer me, O …

    Trinity 3A

    Matthew 10:24-39 24‘A disciple is not above the teacher, nor a slave above the master. 25It is enough for the disciple to be like the teacher, and the slave like the master. If they have called the master of the house Beelzebul, how much more will they malign those of his household! 26‘Have no fear …