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  Scriptures & Reflection

 

The Third Sunday after The Epiphany

January 21, 2018 – Year B

How to use this page:

Read a different passage each day and think about it.  Some questions are offered to help stimulate your reflection.  You’ll find your experience of worship on Sunday will be intensified.

For a method to read and pray with the scriptures you might try to use the ancient practice of Lectio Divina (Divine Reading).  We’ve written some instructions on how to use Lectio with the Sunday Scriptures at the following link: Using Lectio Divina to pray the lections

We use the Episcopal Revised Common Lectionary.
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Jonah 3:1-5, 10
1 Corinthians 7:29-31
Mark 1:14-20
Psalm 62:6-14
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A reading from Jonah (3:1-5, 10) 
The word of the Lord came to Jonah a second time, saying, “Get up, go to Nineveh, that great city, and proclaim to it the message that I tell you.” So Jonah set out and went to Nineveh, according to the word of the Lord. Now Nineveh was an exceedingly large city, a three days’ walk across. Jonah began to go into the city, going a day’s walk. And he cried out, “Forty days more, and Nineveh shall be overthrown!” And the people of Nineveh believed God; they proclaimed a fast, and everyone, great and small, put on sackcloth.
When God saw what they did, how they turned from their evil ways, God changed his mind about the calamity that he had said he would bring upon them; and he did not do it.
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What would you tell our world to cease or face catastrophe? 
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Psalm 62:6-14  Nonne Deo?                      St. Helena Psalter
For God alone my soul in silence waits; *
     truly, there is my hope.
God alone is my rock and my salvation, *
     my stronghold, so that I shall not be shaken.
In God is my safety and my honor; *
     God is my strong rock and my refuge.
Put your trust in God always, O people, *
     pour out your hearts before the One who is our refuge.
Those of high degree are but a fleeting breath, *
     even those of low estate cannot be trusted.
On the scales they are lighter than a breath; *
     all of them together.
Put no trust in extortion; in robbery take no empty pride; *
     though wealth increase, set not your heart upon it.
God has spoken once, twice have I heard it, *
     that power belongs to God.
Steadfast love is yours, O God, *
     for you repay everyone according to their deeds.
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How do you express your hope in God? 

Do you find yourself hoping in God or in something else?

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A reading from Paul’s first letter to the Corinthians (7:29-31)

I mean, brothers and sisters, the appointed time has grown short; from now on, let even those who have wives be as though they had none, and those who mourn as though they were not mourning, and those who rejoice as though they were not rejoicing, and those who buy as though they had no possessions, and those who deal with the world as though they had no dealings with it. For the present form of this world is passing away.
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If you knew you were going to die next week, what would you do this week?
Does that shed any light on what you plan to do this week nevertheless?

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A reading from the Gospel according to Mark(1:14-20)

After John was arrested, Jesus came to Galilee, proclaiming the good news of God, and saying, “The time is fulfilled, and the kingdom of God has come near; repent, and believe in the good news.”
As Jesus passed along the Sea of Galilee, he saw Simon and his brother Andrew casting a net into the sea-for they were fishermen. And Jesus said to them, “Follow me and I will make you fish for people.” And immediately they left their nets and followed him. As he went a little farther, he saw James son of Zebedee and his brother John, who were in their boat mending the nets. Immediately he called them; and they left their father Zebedee in the boat with the hired men, and followed him.
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What do you think was so compelling about Jesus and his message that it motivated these disciples to leave their family businesses and followed him? 
Have you experienced something compelling like this is your life? What was it that drew you? How might the Spirit have been at work with you?  
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