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Living the Lectionary 17th Sunday After Pentecost

Living the Lectionary 17th Sunday After Pentecost

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Published by Jay Winters
A weekly guide to living out the lessons of the lectionary
A weekly guide to living out the lessons of the lectionary

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Published by: Jay Winters on Oct 06, 2011
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Living
the Lectionary17
th
Sunday AfterPentecost
Season: Pentecost Week of October 9
th
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About the Season:
The season of Pentecost is aseason of being given the gifts of God for thepurpose of living out His mission on earth as HisBody. It’s color, green, implies the growth of theChurch both personally and as a Body through thework of the Holy Spirit.
About this Sunday:
When the Kingdom of Heavencalls a believer, it is not always to work – often, thecall of the Kingdom is to celebrate the love, grace,
 
and extravagance of God. Today our readings call usto consider the celebration that God has put beforeus. He calls us to put away our work clothes anddress in the wedding garments He provides us. Hecalls us to party!
Reflecting on the Readings:
Isaiah 25:1-9
– Death Isn’t Invited – Isaiahgives us a prophetic vision of the party Godhosts to celebrate His victory – noticeablyabsent guests are death and suffering. Whatnastiness and sins would you be sure to notinvite to your victory party?
Psalm 23
– Party In Front of Your Foes – Davidshows God’s bravado as He not only prepares afeast, but does so in front of David’s enemies.Who (or what) will be the enemies that will bepresent at God’s feast for you?
Philippians 4:1-9
Party No Matter What -Paul urges the Philippians, “Rejoice in the Lord,ALWAYS!”, even in the midst of suffering.When do you find it difficult to rejoice in theLord and party because of His grace for you?
Matthew 22:1-14
– Party Parable – Jesus tellsanother parable, this one about a party that aking is throwing: the invited, the declined, andthe thrown out. Are you accepting Jesus’invitation to party at His wedding banquet?
Law and Gospel:
Law
: Living as sinners, we have to admit thatour frivolity is just as damnable as ourseriousness. We can make ourselves soserious that we exclude the work of a God whowants to see joy in us.
Gospel
: Left to ourselves, all of life would bepainfully somber and serious – the wages of sinwould force us to wear a constant frown. Butthe love of God assures us that there is reason

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