Readings for Revised Common Lectionary, Cycle B
From Contemporary English Version © 1995, American Bible Society.
November 18, 2012
Twenty-fifth Sunday after Pentecost (Pr. 28, L33)
FIRST READING: Daniel 12:1-3
Michael, the chief of the angels, is the protector of your people, and he will come at a time of terrible suffering, the worst in all of history. And your people who have their names written in The Book will be protected. 2Many of those who lie dead in the ground will rise from death. Some of them will be given eternal life, and others will receive nothing but eternal shame and disgrace. 3Everyone who has been wise will shine as bright as the sky above, and everyone who has led others to please God will shine like the stars.
PSALMODY: Psalm 16
1Protect me, LORD God! I run to you for safety,
2and I have said, “Only you are my LORD!
Every good thing I have is a gift from you.”
3Your people are wonderful, and they make me happy,
4but worshipers of other gods will have much sorrow.
I refuse to offer sacrifices of blood to those gods
or worship in their name.
5You, LORD, are all I want!
You are my choice, and you keep me safe.
6You make my life pleasant, and my future is bright.
7I praise you, LORD, for being my guide.
Even in the darkest night,
your teachings fill my mind.
8I will always look to you,
as you stand beside me and protect me from fear.
9With all my heart, I will celebrate,
and I can safely rest.
10I am your chosen one.
You won’t leave me in the grave
or let my body decay.
11You have shown me the path to life,
and you make me glad by being near to me.
Sitting at your right side, I will always be joyful.
SECOND READING: Hebrews 10:11-14 [15-18] 19-25
11The priests do their work each day, and they keep on offering sacrifices that can never take away sins. 12But Christ offered himself as a sacrifice that is good forever. Now he is sitting at God’s right side,a 13and he will stay there until his enemies are put under his power. 14By his one sacrifice he has forever set free from sin the people he brings to God.
[15The Holy Spirit also speaks of this by telling us that the Lord said,
16“When the time comes,
I will make an agreement with them.
I will write my laws on their minds and hearts.
17Then I will forget about their sins
and no longer remember their evil deeds.”
18When sins are forgiven, there is no more need to offer sacrifices.]
19My friends, the blood of Jesus gives us courage to enter the most holy place 20by a new way that leads to life! And this way takes us through the curtain that is Christ himself.
21We have a great high priest who is in charge of God’s house. 22So let’s come near God with pure hearts and a confidence that comes from having faith. Let’s keep our hearts pure, our consciences free from evil, and our bodies washed with clean water. 23We must hold tightly to the hope that we say is ours. After all, we can trust the one who made the agreement with us. 24We should keep on encouraging each other to be thoughtful and to do helpful things. 25Some people have gotten out of the habit of meeting for worship, but we must not do that. We should keep on encouraging each other, especially since you know that the day of the LORD’S coming is getting closer.
GOSPEL: Mark 13:1-8
As Jesus was leaving the temple, one of his disciples said to him, “Teacher, look at these beautiful stones and wonderful buildings!”
2Jesus replied, “Do you see these huge buildings? They will certainly be torn down! Not one stone will be left in place.”
3Later, as Jesus was sitting on the Mount of Olives across from the temple, Peter, James, John, and Andrew came to him in private. 4They asked, “When will these things happen? What will be the sign that they are about to take place?”
Watch out and don’t let anyone fool you! 6Many will come and claim to be me. They will use my name and fool many people.
7When you hear about wars and threats of wars, don’t be afraid. These things will have to happen first, but that isn’t the end. 8Nations and kingdoms will go to war against each other. There will be earthquakes in many places, and people will starve to death. But this is just the beginning of troubles.