Reading The Bible For Sunday 7/3/11

July 3, 2011   Third Sunday after Pentecost   (Lectionary 14,Proper 9)

 FIRST READING: Zechariah 9:9-12

9Everyone in Jerusalem, celebrate and shout!
Your king has won a victory, and he is coming to you.
He is humble and rides on a donkey;
he comes on the colt of a donkey.
10I, the LORD, will take away war chariots and horses
from Israel and Jerusalem.
Bows that were made for battle will be broken.
I will bring peace to nations,
and your king will rule from sea to sea.
His kingdom will reach from the Euphrates River
across the earth.
 11When I made a sacred agreement with you, my people,
we sealed it with blood.
Now some of you are captives in waterless pits,
but I will come to your rescue 12and offer you hope.
Return to your fortress,
because today I will reward you
with twice what you had.

PSALMODY: Psalm 145:8-14

8You are merciful, LORD!
You are kind and patient and always loving.
9You are good to everyone,
and you take care of all your creation.
10All creation will thank you,
and your loyal people will praise you.
11They will tell about
your marvelous kingdom and your power.
12Then everyone will know about
the mighty things you do and your glorious kingdom.
13Your kingdom will never end, and you will rule forever.
Our LORD, you keep your word
and do everything you say.
14When someone stumbles or falls,
you give a helping hand.

SECOND READING: Romans 7:15-25a

15In fact, I don’t understand why I act the way I do. I don’t do what I know is right. I do the things I hate. 16Although I don’t do what I know is right, I agree that the Law is good. 17So I am not the one doing these evil things. The sin that lives in me is what does them.
18I know that my selfish desires won’t let me do anything that is good. Even when I want to do right, I cannot. 19Instead of doing what I know is right, I do wrong. 20And so, if I don’t do what I know is right, I am no longer the one doing these evil things. The sin that lives in me is what does them.
21The Law has shown me that something in me keeps me from doing what I know is right. 22With my whole heart I agree with the Law of God. 23But in every part of me I discover something fighting against my mind, and it makes me a prisoner of sin that controls everything I do. 24What a miserable person I am. Who will rescue me from this body that is doomed to die? 25Thank God! Jesus Christ will rescue me.

GOSPEL: Matthew 11:16-19, 25-30

16You people are like children sitting in the market and shouting to each other,

17“We played the flute, but you would not dance!
We sang a funeral song, but you would not mourn!”

18John the Baptist did not go around eating and drinking, and you said, “That man has a demon in him!” 19But the Son of Man goes around eating and drinking, and you say, “That man eats and drinks too much! He is even a friend of tax collectors and sinners.” Yet Wisdom is shown to be right by what it does.
25At that moment Jesus said:

My Father, Lord of heaven and earth, I am grateful that you hid all this from wise and educated people and showed it to ordinary people. 26Yes, Father, that is what pleased you.
27My Father has given me everything, and he is the only one who knows the Son. The only one who truly knows the Father is the Son. But the Son wants to tell others about the Father, so that they can know him too.

28If you are tired from carrying heavy burdens, come to me and I will give you rest. 29Take the yoke I give you. Put it on your shoulders and learn from me. I am gentle and humble, and you will find rest. 30This yoke is easy to bear, and this burden is light.

From Contemporary English Version © 1995, American Bible Society.

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