Readings for the Twenty-Second Sunday after Pentecost
The First Reading Job 19:23-27a
"O that my words were written down!
O that they were inscribed in a book!
O that with an iron pen and with lead
they were engraved on a rock forever!
For I know that my Redeemer lives,
and that at the last he will stand upon the earth;
and after my skin has been thus destroyed,
then in my flesh I shall see God,
whom I shall see on my side,
and my eyes shall behold, and not another."
Hear my cry of innocence, O LORD; give | heed • to my | cry; *
listen to my prayer, which does not | come from | lying | lips.
Let my vindication come forth | from your | presence; *
let your | eyes be | fixed on | justice.
Weight my heart, | summon • me by | night, *
melt me down; you will find | no im-| puri-•ty |in me.
I give no offense with my mouth as | others | do; *
I have heeded the | words • of your | lips.
My footsteps hold fast to the | ways • of your | law; *
in your paths my | feet | shall not | stumble.
I call upon you, O God, for | you will | answer me; *
incline your ear to | me and | hear my | words.
Show me your marvelous | loving-| kindness, *
O Savior of those who take refuge at your right hand from | those who • rise | up a- | gainst them.
Keep me as the | apple • of your | eye; *
hide me | under • the | shadow • of your | wings,
From the wicked | who as- | sault me, *
from my deadly | ene- • mies | who sur- | round me.
The Second Reading 2 Thessalonians 2:1-5, 13-17
As to the coming of our Lord Jesus Christ and our being gathered together to him, we beg you, brothers and sisters, not to be quickly shaken in mind or alarmed, either by spirit or by word or by letter, as though from us, to the effect that the day of the Lord is already here. Let no one deceive you in any way; for that day will not come unless the rebellion comes first and the lawless one is revealed, the one destined for destruction. He opposes and exalts himself above every so-called god or object of worship, so that he takes his seat in the temple of God, declaring himself to be God. Do you not remember that I told you these things when I was still with you?
But we must always give thanks to God for you, brothers and sisters beloved by the Lord, because God chose you as the first fruits for salvation through sanctification by the Spirit and through belief in the truth. For this purpose he called you through our proclamation of the good news, so that you may obtain the glory of our Lord Jesus Christ. So then, brothers and sisters, stand firm and hold fast to the traditions that you were taught by us, either by word of mouth or by our letter.
Now may our Lord Jesus Christ himself and God our Father, who loved us and through grace gave us eternal comfort and good hope, comfort your hearts and strengthen them in every good work and word.
The Gospel Luke 20:27-38
Some Sadducees, those who say there is no resurrection, came to Jesus and asked him a question, "Teacher, Moses wrote for us that if a man's brother dies, leaving a wife but no children, the man shall marry the widow and raise up children for his brother. Now there were seven brothers; the first married, and died childless; then the second and the third married her, and so in the same way all seven died childless. Finally the woman also died. In the resurrection, therefore, whose wife will the woman be? For the seven had married her."
Jesus said to them, "Those who belong to this age marry and are given in marriage; but those who are considered worthy of a place in that age and in the resurrection from the dead neither marry nor are given in marriage. Indeed they cannot die anymore, because they are like angels and are children of God, being children of the resurrection. And the fact that the dead are raised Moses himself showed, in the story about the bush, where he speaks of the Lord as the God of Abraham, the God of Isaac, and the God of Jacob. Now he is God not of the dead, but of the living; for to him all of them are alive."