October 23, 2011 Nineteenth Sunday after Pentecost
FIRST READING: Leviticus 19:1-2, 15-18
The LORD told Moses 2to say to the community ofIsrael:
I am the LORD your God. I am holy, and you must be holy too! 3-4Respect your father and your mother, honor the Sabbath, and don’t make idols or images. I am the LORD your God.
15Be fair, no matter who is on trial don’t favor either the poor or the rich.
16Don’t be a gossip, but never hesitate to speak up in court, especially if your testimony can save someone’s life.
17Don’t hold grudges. On the other hand, it’s wrong not to correct someone who needs correcting. 18Stop being angry and don’t try to take revenge. I am the LORD, and I command you to love others as much as you love yourself.
PSALMODY: Psalm 96:1-9 [10-13]
1God blesses those people who refuse evil advice
and won’t follow sinners
or join in sneering at God.
2Instead, the Law of the LORD makes them happy,
and they think about it day and night.
3They are like trees growing beside a stream,
trees that produce fruit in season
and always have leaves.
Those people succeed in everything they do.
4That isn’t true of those who are evil,
because they are like straw blown by the wind.
5Sinners won’t have an excuse on the day of judgment,
and they won’t have a place with the people of God.
SECOND READING: 1 Thessalonians 2:1-8
My friends, you know that our time with you wasn’t wasted. 2As you remember, we had been mistreated and insulted at Philippi. But God gave us the courage to tell you the good news about him, even though many people caused us trouble. 3We didn’t have any hidden motives when we won you over, and we didn’t try to fool or trick anyone. 4God was pleased to trust us with his message. We didn’t speak to please people, but to please God who knows our motives.
5You also know that we didn’t try to flatter anyone. God himself knows that what we did wasn’t a cover-up for greed. 6We were not trying to get you or anyone else to praise us. 7But as apostles, we could have demanded help from you. After all, Christ is the one who sent us. We chose to be like children or like a mother nursing her baby. 8We cared so much for you, and you became so dear to us, that we were willing to give our lives for you when we gave you God’s message.
GOSPEL: Matthew 22:34-46
34After Jesus had made the Sadducees look foolish, the Pharisees heard about it and got together. 35One of them was an expert in the Jewish Law. So he tried to test Jesus by asking, 36“Teacher, what is the most important commandment in the Law?”
Love the Lord your God with all your heart, soul, and mind. 38This is the first and most important commandment. 39The second most important commandment is like this one. And it is, “Love others as much as you love yourself.” 40All the Law of Moses and the Books of the Prophets are based on these two commandments.
41While the Pharisees were still there, Jesus asked them, 42“What do you think about the Messiah? Whose family will he come from?”
They answered, “He will be a son of King David.”
43Jesus replied, “How then could the Spirit lead David to call the Messiah his Lord? David said,
44‘The Lord said to my Lord:
Sit at my right side
until I make your enemies into a footstool for you.’
45If David called the Messiah his Lord, how can the Messiah be a son of King David?” 46No one was able to give Jesus an answer, and from that day on, no one dared ask him any more questions.