Sunday, Nov 27, 2011: “Today’s Scripture Readings”

FIRST READING:  Isaiah (64:1-9)


O that you would tear open the heavens and come down, so that the mountains would quake at your presence — as when fire kindles brushwood and the fire causes water to boil — to make your name known to your adversaries, so that the nations might tremble at your presence! When you did awesome deeds that we did not expect, you came down, the mountains quaked at your presence. From ages past no one has heard, no ear has perceived, no eye has seen any God besides you, who works for those who wait for him. You meet those who gladly do right, those who remember you in your ways. But you were angry, and we sinned; because you hid yourself we transgressed. We have all become like one who is unclean, and all our righteous deeds are like a filthy cloth. We all fade like a leaf, and our iniquities, like the wind, take us away. There is no one who calls on your name, or attempts to take hold of you; for you have hidden your face from us, and have delivered us into the hand of our iniquity. Yet, O Lord, you are our Father; we are the clay, and you are our potter; we are all the work of your hand. Do not be exceedingly angry, O Lord, and do not remember iniquity forever. Now consider, we are all your people.


> Looking towards the second coming (Advent)

> Sometimes call the third Isaiah

> Things were not working out well for the Israelites.

> Call on God – appeared in past – but they have now sinned again and abandoned God

> Call on God again to rescue them as they try to go back and rebuild the land



PSALM 80: 1-7, 16-18


1   Hear, O Shepherd of Israel, leading Joseph like a flock; *

     shine forth, you that are enthroned upon the cherubim.

2   In the presence of Ephraim, Benjamin, and Manasseh, *

     stir up your strength and come to help us.

3   Restore us, O God of hosts; *

     show the light of your countenance, and we shall be saved.

4   O Lord God of hosts, *

     how long will you be angered despite the prayers of your people?

5   You have fed them with the bread of tears; *

     you have given them bowls of tears to drink.

6   You have made us the derision of our neighbors, *

     and our enemies laugh us to scorn.

7   Restore us, O God of hosts; *

     show the light of your countenance, and we shall be saved.

16  Let your hand be upon the man of your right hand, *

      the son of man you have made so strong for yourself.

17  And so will we never turn away from you; *

      give us life, that we may call upon your Name.

18  Restore us, O God of hosts; *

      show the light of your countenance, and we shall be saved.


> Goes back to times earlier in Isaiah

> Joseph and Benjamin tribes are mentioned.

> Plea to God to restore them to good favor even though they have displeased him.



SECOND READING: Corinthians (1:3-9)


Grace to you and peace from God our Father and the Lord Jesus Christ. I give thanks to my God always for you because of the grace of God that has been given you in Christ Jesus, for in every way you have been enriched in him, in speech and knowledge of every kind just as the testimony of Christ has been strengthened among you— so that you are not lacking in any spiritual gift as you wait for the revealing of our Lord Jesus Christ. He will also strengthen you to the end, so that you may be blameless on the day of our Lord Jesus Christ. God is faithful; by him you were called into the fellowship of his Son, Jesus Christ our Lord.


> Coming to the end of time

> Mentions the second coming of Christ



The Holy Gospel of Our Lord Jesus Christ according to Mark (13:24-37)


Jesus said, “In those days, after that suffering, the sun will be darkened, and the moon will not give its light, and the stars will be falling from heaven, and the powers in the heavens will be shaken. Then they will see ‘the Son of Man coming in clouds’ with great power and glory. Then he will send out the angels, and gather his elect from the four winds, from the ends of the earth to the ends of heaven. From the fig tree learn its lesson: as soon as its branch becomes tender and puts forth its leaves, you know that summer is near. So also, when you see these things taking place, you know that he is near, at the very gates. Truly I tell you, this generation will not pass away until all these things have taken place. Heaven and earth will pass away, but my words will not pass away. But about that day or hour no one knows, neither the angels in heaven, nor the Son, but only the Father. Beware, keep alert; for you do not know when the time will come. It is like a man going on a journey, when he leaves home and puts his slaves in charge, each with his work, and commands the doorkeeper to be on the watch. Therefore, keep awake—for you do not know when the master of the house will come, in the evening, or at midnight, or at cockcrow, or at dawn, or else he may find you asleep when he comes suddenly. And what I say to you I say to all: Keep awake.”


> Markian apocolypse

> One like the son of man – comes from Daniel – 200 years earlier

> Sense that the second coming is going to happen very soon

> However, even Jesus himself does not know when

> Key message: be ready!