Readings for Revised Common Lectionary, Cycle A
August 28, 2011
Eleventh Sunday after Pentecost
(Proper 17–Lectionary 22)
FIRST READING: Jeremiah 15:15-21
15You can see how I suffer insult after insult,
all because of you, LORD.
Don’t be so patient with my enemies;
take revenge on them before they kill me.
16When you spoke to me, I was glad to obey,
because I belong to you, the LORD All-Powerful.
17I don’t go to parties and have a good time.
Instead, I keep to myself,
because you have filled me with your anger.
18I am badly injured and in constant pain.
Are you going to disappoint me,
like a stream that goes dry in the heat of summer?
19Then the LORD told me: Stop talking like a fool!
If you turn back to me and speak my message,
I will let you be my prophet once again.
I hope the people of Judah will accept what you say.
But you can ignore their threats,
20because I am making you strong, like a bronze wall.
They are evil and violent, but when they attack,
21I will be there to rescue you.
I, the LORD, have spoken.
PSALMODY: Psalm 26:1-8
1Show that I am right, LORD!
I stay true to myself,
and I have trusted you without doubting.
2Test my thoughts and find out what I am like.
3I never forget your kindness,
and I am always faithful to you.
4I don’t spend my time with worthless liars
5or go with evil crowds.
6I wash my hands, LORD, to show my innocence,
and I worship at your altar,
7while gratefully singing about your wonders.
8I love the temple where you live,
and where your glory shines.
SECOND READING: Romans 12:9-21
9Be sincere in your love for others. Hate everything that is evil and hold tight to everything that is good. 10Love each other as brothers and sisters and honor others more than you do yourself. 11Never give up. Eagerly follow the Holy Spirit and serve the Lord. 12Let your hope make you glad. Be patient in time of trouble and never stop praying. 13Take care of God’s needy people and welcome strangers into your home.
14Ask God to bless everyone who mistreats you. Ask him to bless them and not to curse them. 15When others are happy, be happy with them, and when they are sad, be sad. 16Be friendly with everyone. Don’t be proud and feel that you are smarter than others. Make friends with ordinary people. 17Don’t mistreat someone who has mistreated you. But try to earn the respect of others, 18and do your best to live at peace with everyone.
19Dear friends, don’t try to get even. Let God take revenge. In the Scriptures the Lord says,
“I am the one to take revenge
and pay them back.”
20The Scriptures also say,
“If your enemies are hungry, give them something to eat.
And if they are thirsty, give them something to drink.
This will be the same as piling burning coals on their heads.”
21Don’t let evil defeat you, but defeat evil with good.
GOSPEL: Matthew 16:21-28
21From then on [after Peter’s confession], Jesus began telling his disciples what would happen to him. He said, “I must go to Jerusalem. There the nation’s leaders, the chief priests, and the teachers of the Law of Moses will make me suffer terribly. I will be killed, but three days later I will rise to life.”
22Peter took Jesus aside and told him to stop talking like that. He said, “God would never let this happen to you, Lord!”
23Jesus turned to Peter and said, “Satan, get away from me! You’re in my way because you think like everyone else and not like God.”
24Then Jesus said to his disciples:
If any of you want to be my followers, you must forget about yourself. You must take up your cross and follow me. 25If you want to save your life, you will destroy it. But if you give up your life for me, you will find it. 26What will you gain, if you own the whole world but destroy yourself? What would you give to get back your soul?
27The Son of Man will soon come in the glory of his Father and with his angels to reward all people for what they have done. 28I promise you that some of those standing here will not die before they see the Son of Man coming with his kingdom.