Readings for August 25, 2019





First Reading

Isaiah 58:9b-14


9bIf you remove the yoke from among you,
  the pointing of the finger, the speaking of evil,
10if you offer your food to the hungry
  and satisfy the needs of the afflicted,
 then your light shall rise in the darkness
  and your gloom is like the noonday.
11The Lord will guide you continually,
  and satisfy your needs in parched places,
  and make your bones strong;
 and you shall be like a watered garden,
  like a spring of water,
  whose waters never fail.
12Your ancient ruins shall be rebuilt;
  you shall raise up the foundations of many generations;
 you shall be called the repairer of the breach,
  the restorer of streets to live in.

13If you refrain from trampling the sabbath,
  from pursuing your own interests on my holy day;
 if you call the sabbath a delight
  and the holy day of the Lord honorable;
 if you honor it, not going your own ways,
  serving your own interests, or pursuing your own affairs;
14then you shall take delight in the Lord,
  and I will make you ride upon the heights of the earth;
 I will feed you with the heritage of your ancestor Jacob,
  for the mouth of the Lord has spoken.


Psalm 103:1-8


1Bless the Lord, | O my soul,
  and all that is within me, bless God’s | holy name.
2Bless the Lord, | O my soul,
  and forget not | all God’s benefits—
3who forgives | all your sins
  and heals all | your diseases;
4who redeems your life | from the grave
  and crowns you with steadfast | love and mercy; R
5who satisfies your desires | with good things
  so that your youth is renewed | like an eagle’s.
6O Lord, you provide | vindication
  and justice for all who | are oppressed.
7You made known your | ways to Moses
  and your works to the children of Israel.
8Lord, you are full of compassion and mercy,
  slow to anger and abounding in | steadfast love. 



Gospel

Luke 12:49-56


[Jesus said:] 49“I came to bring fire to the earth, and how I wish it were already kindled! 50I have a baptism with which to be baptized, and what stress I am under until it is completed! 51Do you think that I have come to bring peace to the earth? No, I tell you, but rather division! 52From now on five in one household will be divided, three against two and two against three; 53they will be divided: 
 father against son
  and son against father,
 mother against daughter
  and daughter against mother,
 mother-in-law against her daughter-in-law
  and daughter-in-law against mother-in-law.”
  54He also said to the crowds, “When you see a cloud rising in the west, you immediately say, ‘It is going to rain’; and so it happens. 55And when you see the south wind blowing, you say, ‘There will be scorching heat’, and it happens. 56You hypocrites! You know how to interpret the appearance of earth and sky, but why do you not know how to interpret the present time?”