Lectionary Readings Year A    Sunday, August 20th    (New International Version)
Genesis 45:1-15 (Joseph reconciles with his brothers)
Psalm 133 (How good it is to live in unity)
Romans 11:1-2a 29-32 (God’s mercy to all Jew and Gentile)
Matthew 15:[10-20] 21-28 (The Canaanite woman’s daughter is healed)

Genesis 45:1-15
Joseph Makes Himself Known

45 Then Joseph could no longer control himself before all his attendants, and he cried out, “Have everyone
leave my presence!” So there was no one with Joseph when he made himself known to his brothers. 2 And he
wept so loudly that the Egyptians heard him, and Pharaoh’s household heard about it.

3 Joseph said to his brothers, “I am Joseph! Is my father still living?” But his brothers were not able to answer
him, because they were terrified at his presence.

4 Then Joseph said to his brothers, “Come close to me.” When they had done so, he said, “I am your brother
Joseph, the one you sold into Egypt! 5 And now, do not be distressed and do not be angry with yourselves for
selling me here, because it was to save lives that God sent me ahead of you. 6 For two years now there has been
famine in the land, and for the next five years there will be no plowing and reaping. 7 But God sent me ahead of
you to preserve for you a remnant on earth and to save your lives by a great deliverance.[a]

8 “So then, it was not you who sent me here, but God. He made me father to Pharaoh, lord of his entire
household and ruler of all Egypt. 9 Now hurry back to my father and say to him, ‘This is what your son Joseph
says: God has made me lord of all Egypt. Come down to me; don’t delay. 10 You shall live in the region of Goshen
and be near me—you, your children and grandchildren, your flocks and herds, and all you have. 11 I will provide for
you there, because five years of famine are still to come. Otherwise you and your household and all who belong
to you will become destitute.’

12 “You can see for yourselves, and so can my brother Benjamin, that it is really I who am speaking to you. 13
Tell my father about all the honor accorded me in Egypt and about everything you have seen. And bring my father
down here quickly.”

14 Then he threw his arms around his brother Benjamin and wept, and Benjamin embraced him, weeping. 15 And
he kissed all his brothers and wept over them. Afterward his brothers talked with him.

Footnotes:
Genesis 45:7 Or save you as a great band of survivors


Psalm 133
A song of ascents. Of David
.
1 How good and pleasant it is
  when God’s people live together in unity!
2 It is like precious oil poured on the head,
  running down on the beard,
running down on Aaron’s beard,
  down on the collar of his robe.
3 It is as if the dew of Hermon
  were falling on Mount Zion.
For there the Lord bestows his blessing,
  even life forevermore.


Romans 11:1-2
The Remnant of Israel

11 I ask then: Did God reject his people? By no means! I am an Israelite myself, a descendant of Abraham, from
the tribe of Benjamin. 2 God did not reject his people, whom he foreknew. Don’t you know what Scripture says in
the passage about Elijah—how he appealed to God against Israel:

Romans 11:29-32
29 for God’s gifts and his call are irrevocable. 30 Just as you who were at one time disobedient to God have now
received mercy as a result of their disobedience, 31 so they too have now become disobedient in order that
they too may now[a] receive mercy as a result of God’s mercy to you. 32 For God has bound everyone over to
disobedience so that he may have mercy on them all.

Footnotes:
Romans 11:31 Some manuscripts do not have now.


Matthew 15:10-20
10 Jesus called the crowd to him and said, “Listen and understand. 11 What goes into someone’s mouth does not
defile them, but what comes out of their mouth, that is what defiles them.”

12 Then the disciples came to him and asked, “Do you know that the Pharisees were offended when they heard
this?”

13 He replied, “Every plant that my heavenly Father has not planted will be pulled up by the roots. 14 Leave
them; they are blind guides.[a] If the blind lead the blind, both will fall into a pit.”

15 Peter said, “Explain the parable to us.”

16 “Are you still so dull?” Jesus asked them. 17 “Don’t you see that whatever enters the mouth goes into the
stomach and then out of the body? 18 But the things that come out of a person’s mouth come from the heart, and
these defile them. 19 For out of the heart come evil thoughts—murder, adultery, sexual immorality, theft, false
testimony, slander. 20 These are what defile a person; but eating with unwashed hands does not defile them.”

Footnotes:
Matthew 15:14 Some manuscripts blind guides of the blind


Matthew 15:21-28
The Faith of a Canaanite Woman

21 Leaving that place, Jesus withdrew to the region of Tyre and Sidon. 22 A Canaanite woman from that vicinity
came to him, crying out, “Lord, Son of David, have mercy on me! My daughter is demon-possessed and suffering
terribly.”

23 Jesus did not answer a word. So his disciples came to him and urged him, “Send her away, for she keeps
crying out after us.”

24 He answered, “I was sent only to the lost sheep of Israel.”

25 The woman came and knelt before him. “Lord, help me!” she said.

26 He replied, “It is not right to take the children’s bread and toss it to the dogs.”

27 “Yes it is, Lord,” she said. “Even the dogs eat the crumbs that fall from their master’s table.”

28 Then Jesus said to her, “Woman, you have great faith! Your request is granted.” And her daughter was healed
at that moment.