Tenth Sunday after Pentecost | MONTH OF COMPASSION |
NATIONAL WOMENS Day |
PRISONERS AND THOSE WHO MINISTER TO THEM
Theme: The cost of discipleship
“The will of God, to which the law gives expression, is that men should defeat their enemies by loving them.” – Dietrich Bonhoeffer
Lord Jesus Christ, you are the pioneer and perfecter of our faith: set us on fire as your brave witnesses ready to bear the cost of our discipleship; for you live and reign with the Father and the Holy Spirit, one God, for ever and ever. Amen.
GOSPEL according to Luke 12: 49-56
49 “I came to bring fire to the earth, and how I wish it were already kindled!
50 I have a baptism with which to be baptized, and what stress I am under until it is completed!
51 Do you think that I have come to bring peace to the earth? No, I tell you, but rather division!
52 From now on five in one household will be divided, three against two and two against three;
53 they will be divided: father against son and son against father, mother against daughter and daughter against mother, mother-in-law against her daughter-in-law and daughter-in-law against mother-in-law.”
54 He also said to the crowds, “When you see a cloud rising in the west, you immediately say, ‘It is going to rain’; and so it happens.
55 And when you see the south wind blowing, you say, ‘There will be scorching heat’; and it happens.
56 You hypocrites! You know how to interpret the appearance of earth and sky, but why do you not know how to interpret the present time?
Go now with your eyes on Jesus,
the pioneer and perfecter of our faith.
Lay aside the ways of sin,
bring forth a harvest of justice and righteousness,
and run with perseverance
the race that is set before us.
We go in peace to love and serve the Lord,
In the name of Christ. Amen.