Readings for Proper 29 – Christ the King Sunday
A Reading from the Book of the Prophet Jeremiah (23:1-6).
“Woe to the shepherds who destroy and scatter the sheep of my pasture!” says the LORD. Therefore thus says the Lord, the God of Israel, concerning the shepherds who care for my people: “You have scattered my flock, and have driven them away, and you have not attended to them. Behold, I will attend to you for your evil doings,” says the LORD. “Then I will gather the remnant of my flock out of all the countries where I have driven them, and I will bring them back to their fold, and they shall be fruitful and multiply. I will set shepherds over them who will care for them, and they shall fear no more, nor be dismayed, neither shall any be missing,” says the Lord. “Behold, the days are coming,” says the LORD, “when I will raise up for David a righteous Branch, and he shall reign as king and deal wisely, and shall execute justice and righteousness in the land. In his days Judah will be saved, and Israel will dwell securely. And this is the name by which he will be called: ‘The LORD is our righteousness.’”
Psalm 46. Deus noster refugium
GOD is our hope and strength, *
a very present help in trouble.
2 Therefore will we not fear, though the earth be moved, *
and though the hills be carried into the midst of the sea;
3 Though the waters thereof rage and swell, *
and though the mountains shake at the tempest of the same.
4 There is a river, the streams whereof make glad the city of God; *
the holy place of the tabernacle of the Most Highest.
5 God is in the midst of her, therefore shall she not be re moved; *
God shall help her, and that right early.
6 The nations make much ado, and the kingdoms are moved; *
but God hath showed his voice, and the earth shall melt away.
7 The LORD of hosts is with us; *
the God of Jacob is our refuge.
8 O come hither, and behold the works of the Lord, *
what destruction he hath brought upon the earth.
9 He maketh wars to cease in all the world; *
he breaketh the bow, and knappeth the spear in sunder,
and burneth the chariots in the fire.
10 Be still then, and know that I am God: *
I will be exalted among the nations, and I will be exalted in the earth.
11 The LORD of hosts is with us; *
the God of Jacob is our refuge.
A Reading from the Second Epistle of St. Paul to the Colossians (1:11-20).
May you be strengthened with all power, according to his glorious might, for all endurance and patience with joy, giving thanks to the Father, who has qualified us to share in the inheritance of the saints in light. He has delivered us from the dominion of darkness and transferred us to the kingdom of his beloved Son, in whom we have redemption, the forgiveness of sins. He is the image of the invisible God, the first-born of all creation; for in him all things were created, in heaven and on earth, visible and invisible, whether thrones or dominions or principalities or authorities -- all things were created through him and for him. He is before all things, and in him all things hold together. He is the head of the body, the church; he is the beginning, the first-born from the dead, that in everything he might be pre-eminent. For in him all the fullness of God was pleased to dwell, and through him to reconcile to himself all things, whether on earth or in heaven, making peace by the blood of his cross.
The Holy Gospel of our Lord Jesus Christ According to St. Luke (23:35-43).
The people stood by, watching Jesus on the cross; but the rulers scoffed at him, saying, “He saved others; let him save himself, if he is the Christ of God, his Chosen One!” The soldiers also mocked him, coming up and offering him vinegar, and saying, “If you are the King of the Jews, save yourself!” There was also an inscription over him, “This is the King of the Jews.” One of the criminals who were hanged railed at him, saying, “Are you not the Christ? Save yourself and us!” But the other rebuked him, saying, “Do you not fear God, since you are under the same sentence of condemnation? And we indeed justly; for we are receiving the due reward of our deeds; but this man has done nothing wrong.” And he said, “Jesus, remember me when you come into your kingdom.” And he said to him, “Truly, I say to you, today you will be with me in Paradise.