Readings: October 30, 2016, 31st Sunday in Ordinary Time

  • Wisdom 11:22  12:2

    In your sight, Lord, the whole world is a grain of sand, barely heavy enough to tip a pair of scales, a drop of dew on the ground in the morning.  You are powerful enough to do anything, but you are merciful to everyone; you overlook our sins and give us time to repent.

   You love everything that exists; you do not despise anything that you have made. If you had not liked it, you would not have made it in the first place.  How could anything last, if you did not want it to? How could it endure, if you had not created it?   You have allowed it all to exist, O Lord, because it is yours, and you love every living thing.

    Your immortal spirit is in every one of them,  and so you gently correct those who sin against you. You remind them of what they are doing, and warn them about it, so that they may abandon their evil ways and put their trust in you, Lord.

Good News © 1992 by Amer. Bible Society

  • 2 Thessalonians 1:11-2: 2   The Message

    Brothers and sisters: Because we know that this extraordinary day is just ahead, we pray for you all the time—pray that our God will make you fit for what he’s called you to be, pray that he’ll fill your good ideas and acts of faith with his own energy so that it all amounts to something. If your life honors the name of Jesus, he will honor you. Grace is behind and through all of this, our God giving himself freely, the Master, Jesus Christ, giving himself freely.

          The Anarchist

    Now, friends, read these next words carefully. Slow down and don’t go jumping to conclusions regarding the day when our Master, Jesus Christ, will come back and we assemble to welcome him. Don’t let anyone shake you up or get you excited over some breathless report or rumored letter from me that the day of the Master’s arrival has come and gone. Don’t fall for any line like that.

The Message Bible © 2002 by Eugene H. Peterson

  • Luke 19:1-10 

          Zacchaeus

    Then Jesus entered and walked through Jericho. There was a man there, his name Zacchaeus, the head tax man and quite rich. He wanted desperately to see Jesus, but the crowd was in his way—he was a short man and couldn’t see over the crowd. So he ran on ahead and climbed up in a sycamore tree so he could see Jesus when he came by.

    When Jesus got to the tree, he looked up and said, “Zacchaeus, hurry down. Today is my day to be a guest in your home.” Zacchaeus scrambled out of the tree, hardly believing his good luck, delighted to take Jesus home with him. Everyone who saw the incident was indignant and grumped, “What business does he have getting cozy with this crook?”

    Zacchaeus just stood there, a little stunned. He stammered apologetically, “Master, I give away half my income to the poor—and if I’m caught cheating, I pay four times the damages.”

    Jesus said, “Today is salvation day in this home! Here he is: Zacchaeus, son of Abraham! For the Son of Man came to find and restore the lost.”

The Message Bible © 2002 by Eugene H. Peterson

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