Daily Readings for Sunday August 04,2019

Reading 2, Is 4:2-6 : Promise of salvation to Jerusalem

2 In that day the branch of the LORD shall be beautiful and glorious, and the fruit of the land shall be the pride and glory of the survivors of Israel.3 And he who is left in Zion and remains in Jerusalem will be called holy, every one who has been recorded for life in Jerusalem,4 when the Lord shall have washed away the filth of the daughters of Zion and cleansed the bloodstains of Jerusalem from its midst by a spirit of judgment and by a spirit of burning.5 Then the LORD will create over the whole site of Mount Zion and over her assemblies a cloud by day, and smoke and the shining of a flaming fire by night; for over all the glory there will be a canopy and a pavilion.6 It will be for a shade by day from the heat, and for a refuge and a shelter from the storm and rain.


Reading 3, 2 cor 3:4-12 : The new covenant of love in spirit

4 Such is the confidence that we have through Christ toward God.5 Not that we are competent of ourselves to claim anything as coming from us; our competence is from God,6 who has made us competent to be ministers of a new covenant, not in a written code but in the Spirit; for the written code kills, but the Spirit gives life.7 Now if the dispensation of death, carved in letters on stone, came with such splendor that the Israelites could not look at Moses' face because of its brightness, fading as this was,8 will not the dispensation of the Spirit be attended with greater splendor?9 For if there was splendor in the dispensation of condemnation, the dispensation of righteousness must far exceed it in splendor.10 Indeed, in this case, what once had splendor has come to have no splendor at all, because of the splendor that surpasses it.11 For if what faded away came with splendor, what is permanent must have much more splendor.12 Since we have such a hope, we are very bold,


Gospel, Lk 15: 11-32 : There is joy in heaven over one sinner who repents

11 And he said, "There was a man who had two sons;12 and the younger of them said to his father, 'Father, give me the share of property that falls to me.' And he divided his living between them.13 Not many days later, the younger son gathered all he had and took his journey into a far country, and there he squandered his property in loose living.14 And when he had spent everything, a great famine arose in that country, and he began to be in want.15 So he went and joined himself to one of the citizens of that country, who sent him into his fields to feed swine.16 And he would gladly have fed on the pods that the swine ate; and no one gave him anything.17 But when he came to himself he said, 'How many of my father's hired servants have bread enough and to spare, but I perish here with hunger!18 I will arise and go to my father, and I will say to him, "Father, I have sinned against heaven and before you;19 I am no longer worthy to be called your son; treat me as one of your hired servants."'20 And he arose and came to his father. But while he was yet at a distance, his father saw him and had compassion, and ran and embraced him and kissed him.21 And the son said to him, 'Father, I have sinned against heaven and before you; I am no longer worthy to be called your son.'22 But the father said to his servants, 'Bring quickly the best robe, and put it on him; and put a ring on his hand, and shoes on his feet;23 and bring the fatted calf and kill it, and let us eat and make merry;24 for this my son was dead, and is alive again; he was lost, and is found.' And they began to make merry.25 "Now his elder son was in the field; and as he came and drew near to the house, he heard music and dancing.26 And he called one of the servants and asked what this meant.27 And he said to him, 'Your brother has come, and your father has killed the fatted calf, because he has received him safe and sound.'28 But he was angry and refused to go in. His father came out and entreated him,29 but he answered his father, 'Lo, these many years I have served you, and I never disobeyed your command; yet you never gave me a kid, that I might make merry with my friends.30 But when this son of yours came, who has devoured your living with harlots, you killed for him the fatted calf!'31 And he said to him, 'Son, you are always with me, and all that is mine is yours.32 It was fitting to make merry and be glad, for this your brother was dead, and is alive; he was lost, and is found.'"


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