Scripture Readings for September 1, 2019    (New Revised Standard Version)
Year C - 12th SUNDAY AFTER PENTECOST

Jeremiah 2:4-13 •  Psalm 81:1, 10-16 •  Hebrews 13:1-8, 15-16  
•  Luke 14:1, 7-14

Jeremiah 2:4-13
2:4 Hear the word of the LORD, O house of Jacob, and all the families of the
house of Israel.

2:5 Thus says the LORD: What wrong did your ancestors find in me that they
went far from me, and went after worthless things, and became worthless
themselves?

2:6 They did not say, "Where is the LORD who brought us up from the land of
Egypt, who led us in the wilderness, in a land of deserts and pits, in a land of
drought and deep darkness, in a land that no one passes through,
where no one lives?"

2:7 I brought you into a plentiful land to eat its fruits and its good things.
But when you entered you defiled my land, and made my heritage an abomination.

2:8 The priests did not say, "Where is the LORD?" Those who handle the law
did not know me; the rulers transgressed against me; the prophets prophesied
by Baal, and went after things that do not profit.

2:9 Therefore once more I accuse you, says the LORD, and I accuse your
children's children.

2:10 Cross to the coasts of Cyprus and look, send to Kedar and examine with
care; see if there has ever been such a thing.

2:11 Has a nation changed its gods, even though they are no gods? But my
people have changed their glory for something that does not profit.

2:12 Be appalled, O heavens, at this, be shocked, be utterly desolate,
says the LORD,

2:13 for my people have committed two evils: they have forsaken me, the
fountain of living water, and dug out cisterns for themselves, cracked
cisterns that can hold no water.

Psalm 81:1, 10-16
81:1 Sing aloud to God our strength; shout for joy to the God of Jacob.

81:10 I am the LORD your God, who brought you up out of the land of Egypt.
Open your mouth wide and I will fill it.

81:11 "But my people did not listen to my voice; Israel would not submit to me.

81:12 So I gave them over to their stubborn hearts, to follow their own counsels.

81:13 O that my people would listen to me, that Israel would walk in my ways!

81:14 Then I would quickly subdue their enemies, and turn my hand against their
foes.

81:15 Those who hate the LORD would cringe before him, and their doom would
last forever.

81:16 I would feed you with the finest of the wheat, and with honey from the
rock I would satisfy you."

Hebrews 13:1-8, 15-16
13:1 Let mutual love continue.

13:2 Do not neglect to show hospitality to strangers, for by doing that some have
entertained angels without knowing it.

13:3 Remember those who are in prison, as though you were in prison with them;
those who are being tortured, as though you yourselves were being tortured.

13:4 Let marriage be held in honor by all, and let the marriage bed be kept
undefiled; for God will judge fornicators and adulterers.

13:5 Keep your lives free from the love of money, and be content with what
you have; for he has said, "I will never leave you or forsake you."

13:6 So we can say with confidence, "The Lord is my helper; I will not be afraid.
What can anyone do to me?"

13:7 Remember your leaders, those who spoke the word of God to you; consider
the outcome of their way of life, and imitate their faith.

13:8 Jesus Christ is the same yesterday and today and forever.

13:15 Through him, then, let us continually offer a sacrifice of praise to God,
that is, the fruit of lips that confess his name.

13:16 Do not neglect to do good and to share what you have, for such sacrifices
are pleasing to God.

Luke 14:1, 7-14
14:1 On one occasion when Jesus was going to the house of a leader of the
Pharisees to eat a meal on the sabbath, they were watching him closely.

14:7 When he noticed how the guests chose the places of honor, he told them
a parable.

14:8 "When you are invited by someone to a wedding banquet, do not sit down
at the place of honor, in case someone more distinguished than you has been
invited by your host;

14:9 and the host who invited both of you may come and say to you, 'Give this
person your place,' and then in disgrace you would start to take the lowest place.

14:10 But when you are invited, go and sit down at the lowest place, so that when
your host comes, he may say to you, 'Friend, move up higher'; then you will be
honored in the presence of all who sit at the table with you.

14:11 For all who exalt themselves will be humbled, and those who humble
themselves will be exalted."

14:12 He said also to the one who had invited him, "When you give a luncheon or
a dinner, do not invite your friends or your brothers or your relatives or rich
neighbors, in case they may invite you in return, and you would be repaid.

14:13 But when you give a banquet, invite the poor, the crippled, the lame,
and the blind.

14:14 And you will be blessed, because they cannot repay you, for you will be
repaid at the resurrection of the righteous."