St. Matthew's Episcopal Church Maple Glen, Pennsylvania

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Readings and Reflections for the Twenty-Sixth Sunday after Pentecost

1 Samuel 2:1-10 Hebrews 10:11-25 Mark 13:1-8 1 Samuel contains the “Song of Hannah”. Hannah receives the gift of a firstborn son, and expresses her gratitude and amazement at the Lord who acknowledges the cry of a humble woman. A little further along in the story she dedicates her son to the Lord, and this…

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Readings and Reflections for the Twenty Fifth Sunday after Pentecost

 1 Kings 17:8-16 Hebrews 9:24-28 Mark 12:38-44 Dear Friends, 1 Kings 17 tells the story of the prophet Elijah, who is sent by the Lord to the home of a poor widow.  Though it is a time of famine and drought and she is at the end of her meager food supplies, she is assured that…

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Readings and Reflections for the Sunday After All Saints Day

Isaiah 25:6-9 Psalm 24 Revelation 21:1-6a John 11:32-44 Dear Friends, The prophet Isaiah looks forward to a time when God fulfills all promises and brings all people into the great banquet that is fullness of life.  Described as a feast of rich food and wine, this festive gathering means the end of all sorrow and death.  In…

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Readings and Reflections for the Twenty Third Sunday After Pentecost

Jeremiah 31:7-9 Hebrews 7:23-28 Mark 10:46-52 Dear Friends, The prophet Jeremiah speaks word of hope to a conquered people, living as captives in a foreign land.  God will bring them all back home again, saving and restoring Israel once more in their own land. Mark’s Gospel tells the story of a blind man begging on the streets of Jericho. …

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Readings and Reflections for the Twenty Second Sunday after Pentecost

Isaiah 53:4-12 Hebrews 5:1-10 Mark 10:35-45 Dear Friends, The prophet Isaiah describes a person who is struck down by God to bear the iniquities of the people of Israel.  Christians later saw in this the foreshadowing of Jesus who, in obeying the will of God, went “like a lamb led to its slaughter.”  For us, Jesus is the…

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Readings and Reflections for the Twenty First Sunday after Pentecost

Amos 5:6-7,10-15 Hebrews 4:12-16 Mark 10:17-31 Dear Friends, The prophet Amos declares God’s judgment against those who exploit the poor for their own gain.  Even so, they may yet turn from their evil in order to “seek the Lord and live,” receiving graciousness from the Lord rather than judgment. In Mark’s Gospel, a man wants to know from Jesus how…

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Readings and Reflections on the Twentieth Sunday After Pentecost

Job 1:1; 2:1-10 Psalm 8 Hebrews 1:1-4; 2:5-12 Mark 10:2-16   Dear Friends, The Book of Job raises the difficult question of the suffering we experience in this life.  Why do we struggle and suffer? These verses suggest that suffering is a test inflicted upon us by Satan, with God’s permission, to see if we have strong…

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Readings and Reflections on the Nineteenth Sunday after Pentecost

  Numbers 11:4-6,10-16,24-29 Psalm 19:7-14 James 5:13-20 Mark 9:38-50 Dear Friends, In the reading from Numbers, Moses is overwhelmed by the demands of the people and cries out to God.  In response, the Lord directs Moses to recruit seventy elders who will receive a share of the spirit that was put upon Moses so that…

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Readings and Reflections on the Eighteenth Sunday after Pentecost

Proverbs 3:1-6 2 Timothy 3:14-17 Matthew 9:9-13 Dear Friends, Matthew 9:9-13 tells the story of Matthew’s call to follow Jesus.  In a culture where rabbis recruited “the best of the best,” it is shocking to see Jesus ask a religiously failed and worldly corrupted man to join him as a disciple. Jesus might well have told the critics of…

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Readings and Reflections on the Seventeenth Sunday after Pentecost

Isaiah 50:4-9a James 3:1-12 Mark 8:27-38 Dear Friends, Isaiah here describes a servant who hears the words of the Lord and offers them to the people who are weary.  However, the speaking of God’s message only brings rejection and hardship to the messenger. Confronted with this reality, the servant trusts God to help and uphold him. In Mark’s…

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