Musings on Scripture

Steven Secker

    Trinity 2 A

    Psalm 116: Thanksgiving for Recovery from Illness 1I love the Lord, because He has heard my voice and my supplications. 2Because He inclined His ear to me, I will call on Him as long as I live. 12What shall I return to the Lord for all His bounty to me? 13I will lift up the …

    Lent 6 A (Palm/Passion Sunday)

    Matthew 26:14-27:66 14One of the twelve, who was called Judas Iscariot, went to the chief priests 15nd said, ‘What will you give me if I betray Jesus to you?’ They paid him thirty pieces of silver. 16From that moment he began to look for an opportunity to betray him. 17On the first day of Unleavened …

    Lent 5 A

    John 11:1-45 1A certain man was ill, Lazarus of Bethany, the village of Mary and her sister Martha. 2Mary was the one who anointed the Lord with perfume and wiped his feet with her hair; her brother Lazarus was ill. 3So the sisters sent a message to Jesus, ‘Lord, he whom you love is ill.’ …

    Lent 4 A

    Ephesians 5:8-14 8Once you were darkness, but now in the Lord you are light. Live as children of light — 9for the fruit of the light is found in all that is good and right and true. 10Try to find out what is pleasing to the Lord. 11Take no part in the unfruitful works of …

    Lent 3 A

    Psalm 95 1O come, let us sing to the Lord; let us make a joyful noise to the rock of our salvation! 2Let us come into his presence with thanksgiving; let us make a joyful noise to him with songs of praise! 3For the Lord is a great God, and a great King above all …

    Lent 2 A

    Genesis 12:1-4a 1The Lord said to Abram, ‘Go from your country and your kindred and your father’s house to the land that I will show you. 2I will make of you a great nation, and I will bless you, and make your name great, so that you will be a blessing. 3I will bless those …

    Lent 1 A

    Matthew 4:1-11 1Jesus was led up by the Spirit into the wilderness to be tempted by the devil. 2He fasted for forty days and forty nights, and afterwards He was famished. 3The tempter came and said to Him, ‘If you are the Son of God, command these stones to become loaves of bread;’ 4but He …

    Epiphany 7 A

    Matthew 5:38-48 38‘You have heard that it was said, “An eye for an eye and a tooth for a tooth.” 39But I say to you, Do not resist an evildoer. But if anyone strikes you on the right cheek, turn the other also; 40and if anyone wants to sue you and take your coat, give …

    Epiphany 6 A

    Matthew 5:21-37 21‘You have heard that it was said to those of ancient times, “You shall not murder”; and “whoever murders shall be liable to judgement,” 22but I say to you that if you are angry with a brother or sister, you will be liable to judgement; and if you insult a brother or sister, …

    Epiphany 5 A

    Isaiah 58:1-12 1Shout out, do not hold back!Lift up your voice like a trumpet!Announce to my people their rebellion,and to the house of Jacob their sins. 2Day after day they seek meand delight to know my ways,as if they were a nation that practised righteousnessand did not forsake the ordinance of their God;they ask of …

    Epiphany 4 A

    Micah 6:1-81Hear what the Lord says:Rise, plead your case before the mountains,and let the hills hear your voice.2Hear, you mountains, the controversy of the Lord,and you enduring foundations of the earth;for the Lord has a controversy with His people,and He will contend with Israel.3‘O my people, what have I done to you?In what have I …

    Epiphany 3 A

    Psalm 27 1The Lord is my light and my salvation; whom shall I fear? The Lord is the stronghold of my life; of whom shall I be afraid? 2When evildoers assail me to devour my flesh— my adversaries and foes— they shall stumble and fall. 3Though an army encamp against me, my heart shall not …

    Epiphany 2 A

    John 1:29-42 29One day John saw Jesus coming towards him and declared, ‘Here is the Lamb of God who takes away the sin of the world! 30This is he of whom I said, “After me comes a man who ranks ahead of me because he was before me.” 31I, myself, did not know him; but …

    Baptism of Christ (Year A)

    Matthew 3:13-17 13Jesus came from Galilee to John, at the Jordan, to be baptised by him. 14John would have prevented him, saying, ‘You come to me even though it is I who need to be baptised by you?’ 15but Jesus answered him, ‘Let it be so now; for it is proper for us in this …

    Epiphany (Year A)

    Ephesians 3:1-12 1I, Paul, who, for the sake of you Gentiles am now a prisoner of Christ Jesus, pray for you, 2for surely you have heard how God’s gift of grace to me was for your benefit, 3and how the mystery was made known to me by revelation. I have already written you a brief …

    Christmas 1 (Year A)

    Psalm 148 1Praise the Lord! Praise the Lord from the heavens; praise him in the heights! 2Praise him, all his angels; praise him, all his host! 3Praise him, sun and moon; praise him, all you shining stars! 4Praise him, you highest heavens, and you waters above the heavens! 5Let them praise the name of the …

    Advent 4 (Year A)

    Psalm 80 1Give ear, O Shepherd of Israel, you who lead Joseph like a flock! You who are enthroned upon the cherubim, shine forth 2before Ephraim and Benjamin and Manasseh. Stir up your might, and come to save us! 3Restore us, O God; let your face shine, that we may be saved. 4O Lord God …

    Advent 3 (Year A)

    Isaiah 35:1-10 1The wilderness and the dry land shall be glad, the desert shall rejoice and blossom; like the crocus 2it shall blossom abundantly, and rejoice with joy and singing. The glory of Lebanon shall be given to it, the majesty of Carmel and Sharon. They shall see the glory of the Lord, the majesty …

    Advent 2 (Year A)

    Romans 15:4-13 4Whatever was written in former days was written for our instruction, so that by steadfastness and by the encouragement of the scriptures we might have hope. 5May the God of steadfastness and encouragement grant you to live in harmony with one another, in accordance with Christ Jesus, 6so that together you may with …

    Advent 1 (Year A)

    Isaiah 2:1‑5 1The word that Isaiah, son of Amoz, saw concerning Judah and Jerusalem. 2In days to come, the mountain of the Lord’s house shall be established as the highest of the mountains, and shall be raised above the hills; all the nations shall stream to it. 3Many peoples shall come and say, “Come, let …