Collect: Proper 11
Almighty God, the fountain of all wisdom, you know our necessities before we ask and our ignorance in asking: Have compassion on our weakness, and mercifully give us those things which for our unworthiness we dare not, and for our blindness we cannot ask; through the worthiness of your Son Jesus Christ our Lord, who lives and reigns with you and the Holy spirit, one God, now and forever. Amen
,Amos 8:1-12 . . . a judgment on social injustice and hypocrisy
Psalm 52 . . . God’s judgment upon a rich and abusive evildoer
Colossians 1:15-28 . . . the primacy of Christ, who is the image of the invisible God in whom all things find meaning and coherence.
Luke 10:38-42 . . . the story of Martha and Mary and their different attitudes toward life and the Lord’s presence.
What would you do if Jesus Christ came to your house for dinner? Judy Kincaid, winner of our 2020 Pentecost Preaching Contest, preaches on the beloved story of Mary and Martha. Kincaid asks, “Is it a badge of honor to have something to do all the time? Does it make us feel important?” Then she quotes Henry David Thoreau. “It’s not enough to be busy. So are the ants. The question is, ‘What are we busy about?’” Listen as Kincaid explains how to overcome our anxious busyness by choosing, as Mary did, “the better part.”