Scripture Readings for August 4, 2019    (New Revised Standard Version)
Year C- 8th SUNDAY AFTER PENTECOST

Hosea 11:1-11 and Psalm 107:1-9, 43  •  
Colossians 3:1-11  •  Luke 12:13-21

Hosea 11:1-11
11:1 When Israel was a child, I loved him, and out of Egypt I called my son.

11:2 The more I called them, the more they went from me; they kept sacrificing to
the Baals, and offering incense to idols.

11:3 Yet it was I who taught Ephraim to walk, I took them up in my arms; but they
did not know that I healed them.

11:4 I led them with cords of human kindness, with bands of love. I was to them like
those who lift infants to their cheeks. I bent down to them and fed them.

11:5 They shall return to the land of Egypt, and Assyria shall be their king, because
they have refused to return to me.

11:6 The sword rages in their cities, it consumes their oracle-priests, and devours
because of their schemes.

11:7 My people are bent on turning away from me. To the Most High they call, but he
does not raise them up at all.

11:8 How can I give you up, Ephraim? How can I hand you over, O Israel? How can I
make you like Admah? How can I treat you like Zeboiim? My heart recoils within me;
my compassion grows warm and tender.

11:9 I will not execute my fierce anger; I will not again destroy Ephraim; for
I am God and no mortal, the Holy One in your midst, and I will not come in wrath.

11:10 They shall go after the LORD, who roars like a lion; when he roars, his children
shall come trembling from the west.

11:11 They shall come trembling like birds from Egypt, and like doves from the
land of Assyria; and I will return them to their homes, says the LORD.

Psalm 107:1-9, 43
107:1 O give thanks to the LORD, for he is good; for his steadfast love endures
forever.

107:2 Let the redeemed of the LORD say so, those he redeemed from trouble

107:3 and gathered in from the lands, from the east and from the west, from the
north and from the south.

107:4 Some wandered in desert wastes, finding no way to an inhabited town;

107:5 hungry and thirsty, their soul fainted within them.

107:6 Then they cried to the LORD in their trouble, and he delivered them
from their distress;

107:7 he led them by a straight way, until they reached an inhabited town.

107:8 Let them thank the LORD for his steadfast love, for his wonderful works to
humankind.

107:9 For he satisfies the thirsty, and the hungry he fills with good things.

107:43 Let those who are wise give heed to these things, and consider the steadfast
love of the LORD.

Colossians 3:1-11
3:1 So if you have been raised with Christ, seek the things that are above, where
Christ is, seated at the right hand of God.

3:2 Set your minds on things that are above, not on things that are on earth,

3:3 for you have died, and your life is hidden with Christ in God.

3:4 When Christ who is your life is revealed, then you also will be revealed
with him in glory.

3:5 Put to death, therefore, whatever in you is earthly: fornication, impurity,
passion, evil desire, and greed (which is idolatry).

3:6 On account of these the wrath of God is coming on those who are disobedient.

3:7 These are the ways you also once followed, when you were living that life.

3:8 But now you must get rid of all such things--anger, wrath, malice, slander, and
abusive language from your mouth.

3:9 Do not lie to one another, seeing that you have stripped off the old self with its
practices

3:10 and have clothed yourselves with the new self, which is being renewed in
knowledge according to the image of its creator.

3:11 In that renewal there is no longer Greek and Jew, circumcised and
uncircumcised, barbarian, Scythian, slave and free; but Christ is all and in all!

Luke 12:13-21
12:13 Someone in the crowd said to him, "Teacher, tell my brother to divide
the family inheritance with me."

12:14 But he said to him, "Friend, who set me to be a judge or arbitrator over you?"

12:15 And he said to them, "Take care! Be on your guard against all kinds of greed;
for one's life does not consist in the abundance of possessions."

12:16 Then he told them a parable: "The land of a rich man produced abundantly.

12:17 And he thought to himself, 'What should I do, for I have no place to store my
crops?'

12:18 Then he said, 'I will do this: I will pull down my barns and build larger ones, and
there I will store all my grain and my goods.

12:19 And I will say to my soul, 'Soul, you have ample goods laid up for many years;
relax, eat, drink, be merry.'

12:20 But God said to him, 'You fool! This very night your life is being demanded of
you. And the things you have prepared, whose will they be?'

12:21 So it is with those who store up treasures for themselves but are not rich
toward God."