The Ninth Sunday after Pentecost
Sunday, July 21st
Readings for Sunday, July 21st:
  • Jeremiah 23:1-6 -- Jeremiah prophesied before the exile in 587 BCE. In this passage, he uses the metaphor of a shepherd to describe the bad kings who have scattered the "flock" of Israel. God promises to gather the flock and to raise up a new king from David's line to save Israel and Judah.
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  • Ephesians 2:11-22 -- The author of this letter reminds his audience that originally they were not part of God's chosen people. Through Jesus' death, however, they are included in God's household of faith, whose cornerstone is Jesus Christ.
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  • Mark 6:30-34, 53-56 --  When Jesus sends his disciples out to teach and heal, they minister among large numbers of people. Their work is motivated by Christ's desire to be among those in need.