Bible Readings for Sunday 7/09/2017

The First Reading, recorded in Zechariah 9:9-12, is a passage we hear quoted in the Gospels as Jesus is riding the donkey into Jerusalem to begin Holy Week, we call it the Triumphant Entry into Jerusalem. Notice the theme of peace in this passage as the Messiah comes into Jerusalem. Jesus is the Prince of Peace, Who brings peace through His kingdom, and Who will bring final peace at the End of Time. Let us trust in Him and rejoice in the peace He brings into our lives and into the troubled world around us.
Our Lord Jesus, You are the Prince of Peace. Let Your reign of peace fill us and the world around us so that there is true peace in You alone. Let us rest in the peace you bring as You reconcile us to the heavenly Father and to each other. In Your Name we pray. Amen.

The psalm is found in Psalm 145:1-14. Notice that this psalm begins with praise of the Lord, and then with a call to tell the works of the Lord to the next generation, including a promise to meditate on the works of the Lord. Notice in this psalm the continuing theme from the First Reading of peace and security in the Lord’s gentle hands. Let us be a peace in the Lord, meditate on all His blessings, and share the message of the Lord with all people.
Holy Lord: Father, Son, and Holy Spirit, we join the psalmist in giving You thanks and praise for Your steadfast love and blessings. Enable us to be at peace in You, and fill us with Your love to share the message of You with others so that they can join in the on-going hymn of praise to You. Amen.

Today’s Second Reading, Romans 7:14-25a, continues reading through parts of the book of Romans. Listen closely to Paul’s words in this passage: the great apostle also struggles with sin, just as we do, knowing and wanting to do the will of the Lord, but seeing in his life the reality of sin. Notice as he struggles with sin in his life that he turns his eyes to the Lord, Who alone can set him free from this bondage to sin. He ends the passage giving thanks and praise to God through Jesus Christ that in Him Paul is free from sin. Let us also keep our eyes on Jesus because He alone can truly set us free from sin.
Redeeming Lord, we join the apostle Paul in seeing our wretched nature of sin, but, when we do, turn our eyes to Jesus, trusting in the redemption we have in Him, and joining the apostle Paul in giving thanks to You through Jesus Christ our Lord, in Whose Name we pray. Amen.

The Gospel is recorded in Matthew 11:25-30. This passage is such a comforting passage, especially in light of the last two Sunday Gospels where Jesus warns us of hardship and persecution. As we face difficulties in life, we have Jesus to draw our strength from. Let us keep our focus on Him as the Holy Spirit reveals Him to us, and let us find in Him true rest for our souls.
Comforting Lord Jesus, thank You for being our redeemer, comforter, and strength. Enable us to be at peace in You in the midst of the turmoil and chaos of the world around us. Keep us safe in Your loving hands. In Your Name we pray. Amen.

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