Readings for Revised Common Lectionary, Cycle B
From Contemporary English Version © 1995, American Bible Society.
October 7, 2012
Nineteenth Sunday after Pentecost (Pr. 22, L27)
FIRST READING: Genesis 2:18-24
18The LORD God said, “It isn’t good for the man to live alone. I need to make a suitable partner for him.” 19-20So the LORD took some soil and made animals and birds. He brought them to the man to see what names he would give each of them. Then the man named the tame animals and the birds and the wild animals. That’s how they got their names.
None of these was the right kind of partner for the man. 21So the LORD God made him fall into a deep sleep, and he took out one of the man’s ribs. Then after closing the man’s side, 22the LORD made a woman out of the rib.
The LORD God brought her to the man, 23and the man exclaimed,
“Here is someone like me! She is part of my body,
my own flesh and bones. She came from me, a man.
So I will name her Woman!”
24That’s why a man will leave his own father and mother. He marries a woman, and the two of them become like one person.
PSALMODY: Psalm 8
1Our LORD and Ruler,
your name is wonderful everywhere on earth!
You let your glory be seen in the heavens above.
2With praises from children and from tiny infants,
you have built a fortress.
It makes your enemies silent,
and all who turn against you are left speechless.
3I often think of the heavens your hands have made,
and of the moon and stars you put in place.
4Then I ask, “Why do you care about us humans?
Why are you concerned for us weaklings?”
5You made us a little lower than you yourself,
and you have crowned us with glory and honor.
6You let us rule everything your hands have made.
And you put all of it under our power
7 the sheep and the cattle, and every wild animal,
8 the birds in the sky, the fish in the sea,
and all ocean creatures.
9Our LORD and Ruler,
your name is wonderful everywhere on earth!
SECOND READING: Hebrews 1:1-4; 2:5-12
Long ago in many ways and at many times God’s prophets spoke his message to our ancestors. 2But now at last, God sent his Son to bring his message to us. God created the universe by his Son, and everything will someday belong to the Son. 3God’s Son has all the brightness of God’s own glory and is like him in every way. By his own mighty word, he holds the universe together.
After the Son had washed away our sins, he sat down at the right side of the glorious God in heaven. 4He had become much greater than the angels, and the name he was given is far greater than any of theirs.
5We know that God did not put the future world under the power of angels. 6Somewhere in the Scriptures someone says to God,
“What makes you care about us humans?
Why are you concerned for weaklings such as we?
7You made us lower than the angels for a while.
Yet you have crowned us with glory and honor.
8 And you have put everything under our power!”
God has put everything under our power and has not left anything out of our power. But we still don’t see it all under our power. 9What we do see is Jesus, who for a little while was made lower than the angels. Because of God’s wonderful kindness, Jesus died for everyone. And now that Jesus has suffered and died, he is crowned with glory and honor!
10Everything belongs to God, and all things were created by his power. So God did the right thing when he made Jesus perfect by suffering, as Jesus led many of God’s children to be saved and to share in his glory. 11Jesus and the people he makes holy all belong to the same family. That is why he isn’t ashamed to call them his brothers and sisters. 12He even said to God,
“I will tell them your name and sing your praises
when they come together to worship.”
GOSPEL: Mark 10:2-16
2Some Pharisees wanted to test Jesus. So they came up to him and asked if it was right for a man to divorce his wife. 3Jesus asked them, “What does the Law of Moses say about that?”
4They answered, “Moses allows a man to write out divorce papers and send his wife away.”
5Jesus replied, “Moses gave you this law because you are so heartless. 6But in the beginning God made a man and a woman. 7That’s why a man leaves his father and mother and gets married. 8He becomes like one person with his wife. Then they are no longer two people, but one. 9And no one should separate a couple that God has joined together.”
10When Jesus and his disciples were back in the house, they asked him about what he had said. 11He told them, “A man who divorces his wife and marries someone else is unfaithful to his wife. 12A woman who divorces her husband and marries again is also unfaithful.”
13Some people brought their children to Jesus so that he could bless them by placing his hands on them. But his disciples told the people to stop bothering him.
14When Jesus saw this, he became angry and said, “Let the children come to me! Don’t try to stop them. People who are like these little children belong to the kingdom of God. 15I promise you that you cannot get into God’s kingdom, unless you accept it the way a child does.” 16Then Jesus took the children in his arms and blessed them by placing his hands on them.