Lectionary Readings Year A    Sunday, August 6th    (New International Version)
Genesis 32:22-31 (Jacob receives God’s blessing)
Psalm 17:1-7 15 (I shall see your face)
Romans 9:1-5 (The glory of God’s people in Israel)
Matthew 14:13-21 (Jesus feeds 5000)

Genesis 32:22-31
Jacob Wrestles With God
22 That night Jacob got up and took his two wives, his two female servants and his eleven sons and crossed the
ford of the Jabbok. 23 After he had sent them across the stream, he sent over all his possessions. 24 So Jacob
was left alone, and a man wrestled with him till daybreak. 25 When the man saw that he could not overpower
him, he touched the socket of Jacob’s hip so that his hip was wrenched as he wrestled with the man. 26 Then the
man said, “Let me go, for it is daybreak.”

But Jacob replied, “I will not let you go unless you bless me.”

27 The man asked him, “What is your name?”

“Jacob,” he answered.

28 Then the man said, “Your name will no longer be Jacob, but Israel,[a] because you have struggled with God
and with humans and have overcome.”

29 Jacob said, “Please tell me your name.”

But he replied, “Why do you ask my name?” Then he blessed him there.

30 So Jacob called the place Peniel,[b] saying, “It is because I saw God face to face, and yet my life was
spared.”

31 The sun rose above him as he passed Peniel,[c] and he was limping because of his hip.

Footnotes:
Genesis 32:28 Israel probably means he struggles with God.
Genesis 32:30 Peniel means face of God.
Genesis 32:31 Hebrew Penuel, a variant of Peniel


Psalm 17:1-7
A prayer of David.

1 Hear me, Lord, my plea is just;
  listen to my cry.
Hear my prayer—
  it does not rise from deceitful lips.
2 Let my vindication come from you;
  may your eyes see what is right.
3 Though you probe my heart,
  though you examine me at night and test me,
you will find that I have planned no evil;
  my mouth has not transgressed.
4 Though people tried to bribe me,
  I have kept myself from the ways of the violent
  through what your lips have commanded.
5 My steps have held to your paths;
  my feet have not stumbled.
6 I call on you, my God, for you will answer me;
  turn your ear to me and hear my prayer.
7 Show me the wonders of your great love,
  you who save by your right hand
  those who take refuge in you from their foes.


Psalm 17:15
15 As for me, I will be vindicated and will see your face;
  when I awake, I will be satisfied with seeing your likeness.


Romans 9:1-5
Paul’s Anguish Over Israel

9 I speak the truth in Christ—I am not lying, my conscience confirms it through the Holy Spirit— 2 I have great
sorrow and unceasing anguish in my heart. 3 For I could wish that I myself were cursed and cut off from Christ
for the sake of my people, those of my own race, 4 the people of Israel. Theirs is the adoption to sonship; theirs
the divine glory, the covenants, the receiving of the law, the temple worship and the promises. 5 Theirs are the
patriarchs, and from them is traced the human ancestry of the Messiah, who is God over all, forever praised![a]
Amen.

Footnotes:
Romans 9:5 Or Messiah, who is over all. God be forever praised! Or Messiah. God who is over all be forever
praised!


Matthew 14:13-21
Jesus Feeds the Five Thousand

13 When Jesus heard what had happened, he withdrew by boat privately to a solitary place. Hearing of this, the
crowds followed him on foot from the towns. 14 When Jesus landed and saw a large crowd, he had compassion on
them and healed their sick.

15 As evening approached, the disciples came to him and said, “This is a remote place, and it’s already getting
late. Send the crowds away, so they can go to the villages and buy themselves some food.”

16 Jesus replied, “They do not need to go away. You give them something to eat.”

17 “We have here only five loaves of bread and two fish,” they answered.

18 “Bring them here to me,” he said. 19 And he directed the people to sit down on the grass. Taking the five
loaves and the two fish and looking up to heaven, he gave thanks and broke the loaves. Then he gave them to the
disciples, and the disciples gave them to the people. 20 They all ate and were satisfied, and the disciples picked
up twelve basketfuls of broken pieces that were left over. 21 The number of those who ate was about five
thousand men, besides women and children.