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Scripture Readings for Sunday July 23, 2017

Lectionary texts

FOCUS READING: Genesis 28:10-19

Jacob left Beer-sheba and went towards Haran. He came to a certain place and stayed there for the night, because the sun had set. Taking one of the stones of the place, he put it under his head and lay down in that place. And he dreamed that there was a ladder set up on the earth, the top of it reaching to heaven; and the angels of God were ascending and descending on it. And the Lord stood beside him and said, "I am the Lord, the God of Abraham your father and the God of Isaac; the land on which you lie I will give to you and to your offspring; and your offspring shall be like the dust of the earth, and you shall spread abroad to the west and to the east and to the north and to the south; and all the families of the earth shall be blessed in you and in your offspring. Know that I am with you and will keep you wherever you go, and will bring you back to this land; for I will not leave you until I have done what I have promised you." Then Jacob woke from his sleep and said, "Surely the Lord is in this place — and I did not know it!" And he was afraid, and said, "How awesome is this place! This is none other than the house of God, and this is the gate of heaven."

So Jacob rose early in the morning, and he took the stone that he had put under his head and set it up for a pillar and poured oil on the top of it. He called that place Bethel; but the name of the city was Luz at the first.


Psalm 139:1-12, 23-24

O God, you have searched me
   and known me.
You know when I sit down
   and when I rise up;
you discern my thoughts
   from far away.

You search out my path
   and my lying down,
and are acquainted
   with all my ways.

Even before a word
   is on my tongue,
O God, you know it

You hem me in,
   behind and before,
and lay your hand
   upon me.

Such knowledge is too wonderful
   for me;
it is so high
   that I cannot attain it.

Where can I go
   from your spirit?
Or where can I flee
   from your presence?

If I ascend to heaven,
   you are there;
if I make my bed in Sheol,
   you are there.

If I take the wings
   of the morning
and settle at the farthest limits
   of the sea,

even there your hand
   shall lead me,
and your right hand
   shall hold me fast.

If I say, "Surely the shadows
   shall cover me,
and the light around me
   become night,"

even the night is not without light
   to you;
the night is as bright
   as the day,
for night is as light
   to you.

Search me, O God,
   and know my heart;
test me and know
   my thoughts.

See if there is any wicked way
   in me,
and lead me in the way


Wisdom of Solomon 12:13, 16-19

For neither is there any god besides you,
   whose care is for all people,
For your strength is the source of righteousness,
   and your sovereignty over all causes you to spare all.

For you show your strength when people doubt
   the completeness of your power,
and you rebuke any insolence among those who know it.

Although you are sovereign in strength,
   you judge with mildness,
and with great forbearance you govern us;
   for you have power to act whenever you choose.

Through such works you have taught your people
   that the righteous must be kind,
and you have filled your children with good hope,
   because you give repentance for sins.


Isaiah 44:6-8

Thus says the LORD, the King of Israel, and his Redeemer, the LORD of hosts: I am the first and I am the last; besides me there is no god.

Who is like me? Let them proclaim it, let them declare and set it forth before me. Who has announced from of old the things to come? Let them tell us what is yet to be. Do not fear, or be afraid; have I not told you from of old and declared it? You are my witnesses! Is there any god besides me? There is no other rock; I know not one.


Psalm 86:11-17

Teach me your way, O God,
   that I may walk in your truth;
give me an undivided heart
   to revere your name.

I give thanks to you,
   O God my God,
with all my heart,
   and I will glorify your name

For great is your steadfast love
   toward me;
you have delivered my soul
   from the depths of Sheol.

O God, the insolent rise up
   against me;
a band of ruffians
   seeks my life,
and they do not set you
   before them.

But you, O God,
   are merciful and gracious,
slow to anger
   and abounding
in steadfast love
   and faithfulness.

Turn to me and be gracious
   to me;
give your strength
   to your servant;
save the child
   of your servant.

Show me a sign
   of your favor,
so that those who hate me
   may see it
and be put to shame,
   because you, O God,
have helped me
   and comforted me.

Romans 8:12-25

So then, brothers and sisters, we are debtors, not to the flesh, to live according to the flesh--for if you live according to the flesh, you will die; but if by the Spirit you put to death the deeds of the body, you will live. For all who are led by the Spirit of God are children of God. For you did not receive a spirit of slavery to fall back into fear, but you have received a spirit of adoption. When we cry, "Abba! Father!" it is that very Spirit bearing witness with our spirit that we are children of God, and if children, then heirs, heirs of God and joint heirs with Christ--if, in fact, we suffer with him so that we may also be glorified with him.

I consider that the sufferings of this present time are not worth comparing with the glory about to be revealed to us. For the creation waits with eager longing for the revealing of the children of God; for the creation was subjected to futility, not of its own will but by the will of the one who subjected it, in hope that the creation itself will be set free from its bondage to decay and will obtain the freedom of the glory of the children of God.

We know that the whole creation has been groaning in labor pains until now; and not only the creation, but we ourselves, who have the first fruits of the Spirit, groan inwardly while we wait for adoption, the redemption of our bodies. For in hope we were saved. Now hope that is seen is not hope. For who hopes for what is seen? But if we hope for what we do not see, we wait for it with patience.

FOCUS READING: Matthew 13:24-30, 36-43

He put before them another parable: "The kingdom of heaven may be compared to someone who sowed good seed in his field; but while everybody was asleep, an enemy came and sowed weeds among the wheat, and then went away. So when the plants came up and bore grain, then the weeds appeared as well. And the slaves of the householder came and said to him, 'Master, did you not sow good seed in your field? Where, then, did these weeds come from?' He answered, 'An enemy has done this.' The slaves said to him, 'Then do you want us to go and gather them?' But he replied, 'No; for in gathering the weeds you would uproot the wheat along with them. Let both of them grow together until the harvest; and at harvest time I will tell the reapers, Collect the weeds first and bind them in bundles to be burned, but gather the wheat into my barn.'"

Then he left the crowds and went into the house. And his disciples approached him, saying, "Explain to us the parable of the weeds of the field." He answered, "The one who sows the good seed is the Son of Man; the field is the world, and the good seed are the children of the kingdom; the weeds are the children of the evil one, and the enemy who sowed them is the devil; the harvest is the end of the age, and the reapers are angels. Just as the weeds are collected and burned up with fire, so will it be at the end of the age. The Son of Man will send his angels, and they will collect out of his kingdom all causes of sin and all evildoers, and they will throw them into the furnace of fire, where there will be weeping and gnashing of teeth. Then the righteous will shine like the sun in the kingdom of their Father. Let anyone with ears listen!"


Lecturas de enfoque en español  (LBLA)

Génesis 28: 10 – 19 en español  (LBLA)

Y salió Jacob de Beerseba, y fue para Harán. Y llegó a cierto lugar y pasó la noche allí, porque el sol se había puesto; tomó una de las piedras del lugar, la puso de cabecera y se acostó en aquel lugar. Y tuvo un sueño, y he aquí, había una escalera apoyada en la tierra cuyo extremo superior alcanzaba hasta el cielo; y he aquí, los ángeles de Dios subían y bajaban por ella. Y he aquí, el SEÑOR estaba sobre ella, y dijo: Yo soy el SEÑOR, el Dios de tu padre Abraham y el Dios de Isaac. La tierra en la que estás acostado te la daré a ti y a tu descendencia. También tu descendencia será como el polvo de la tierra, y te extenderás hacia el occidente y hacia el oriente, hacia el norte y hacia el sur; y en ti y en tu simiente serán bendecidas todas las familias de la tierra. He aquí, yo estoy contigo, y te guardaré por dondequiera que vayas y te haré volver a esta tierra; porque no te dejaré hasta que haya hecho lo que te he prometido. Despertó Jacob de su sueño y dijo: Ciertamente el SEÑOR está en este lugar y yo no lo sabía. Y tuvo miedo y dijo: ¡Cuán imponente es este lugar! Esto no es más que la casa de Dios, y esta es la puerta del cielo.

Y se levantó Jacob muy de mañana, y tomó la piedra que había puesto de cabecera, la erigió por señal y derramó aceite por encima. Y a aquel lugar le puso el nombre de Betel , aunque anteriormente el nombre de la ciudad había sido Luz.


Mateo 13: 24 – 30, 36-43 en español  (LBLA)

24 Jesús les refirió otra parábola, diciendo: El reino de los cielos puede compararse a un hombre que sembró buena semilla en su campo. Pero mientras los hombres dormían, vino su enemigo y sembró cizaña entre el trigo, y se fue. Cuando el trigo brotó y produjo grano, entonces apareció también la cizaña. Y los siervos del dueño fueron y le dijeron: "Señor, ¿no sembraste buena semilla en tu campo? ¿Cómo, pues, tiene cizaña?" El les dijo: "Un enemigo ha hecho esto". Y los siervos le dijeron*: "¿Quieres, pues, que vayamos y la recojamos?" Pero él dijo*: "No, no sea que al recoger la cizaña, arranquéis el trigo junto con ella."Dejad que ambos crezcan juntos hasta la siega; y al tiempo de la siega diré a los segadores: 'Recoged primero la cizaña y atadla en manojos para quemarla, pero el trigo recogedlo en mi granero.'"

36 Entonces dejó a la multitud y entró en la casa. Y se le acercaron sus discípulos, diciendo: Explícanos la parábola de la cizaña del campo. Y respondiendo El, dijo: El que siembra la buena semilla es el Hijo del Hombre, y el campo es el mundo; y la buena semilla son los hijos del reino, y la cizaña son los hijos del maligno; y el enemigo que la sembró es el diablo, y la siega es el fin del mundo, y los segadores son los ángeles. Por tanto, así como la cizaña se recoge y se quema en el fuego, de la misma manera será en el fin del mundo. El Hijo del Hombre enviará a sus ángeles, y recogerán de su reino a todos los que son piedra de tropiezo y a los que hacen iniquidad; y los echarán en el horno de fuego; allí será el llanto y el crujir de dientes. Entonces LOS JUSTOS RESPLANDECERAN COMO EL SOL en el reino de su Padre. El que tiene oídos, que oiga.