Sunday Pause for Thought: Eleventh Sunday After Trinity

These lectionary resources were originally written for RSCM Sunday by Sunday magazine and are reprinted here with their kind permission.


Saying yes to Jesus leads straight into a practical role.

Peter, the rock, signifies the church in its day-to-day life – its ultimate victory on behalf of God is sure. We are reminded in the Old Testament readings that the greatness of God dwarfs us all and that we are constantly being challenged to choose death or life. Paul tells us that we should be a distinctive presence – in the world but not of it. Perhaps we should reassess our sense of importance before God. We pray that confession of Christ leads us to an active part in his purpose.


Readings:

Exodus 1.8 – 2.10 The Israelites in Egypt are oppressed; Moses is born
Psalm 124 Our help is in the Lord, who made heaven and earth
Romans 12.1–8 Present your bodies as holy, for we are members together
Matthew 16.13–20 Peter declares Jesus to be the Messiah

Sunday Pause for Thought: Tenth Sunday After Trinity

These lectionary resources were originally written for RSCM Sunday by Sunday magazine and are reprinted here with their kind permission.


The Tenth Sunday after Trinity/The Eleventh Sunday after Pentecost/The Twentieth Sunday in Ordinary Time

Common Worship Lectionary

Proper 15

Genesis 45.1–15 Joseph is reconciled to his brothers
Psalm 133 How good it is when kindred live together in unity!
Romans 11.1–2a, 29–32 God has given the Law so he can be merciful to all
Matthew 15.[10–20] 21–28 The Canaanite woman’s son is healed

Human beings seem always to be putting limits of some kind on our sense of God’s love for creation. Paul reminds us that in the light of Christ we can hold on to a conviction of the role of Christ for everyone. This is a lord and master who serves all, and who seeks to rescue us from our brokenness. The Canaanite woman serves as a test case for Jesus’ ministry of rescue to all. She perseveres and her need is met. Do we need to persevere more doggedly in our faith in God and not be discouraged?