Scripture Readings for September 22, 2019   (New Revised Standard Version)
Year C - 15th SUNDAY AFTER PENTECOST

Jeremiah 8:18-9:1 • Psalm 79:1-9 •  
1 Timothy 2:1-7  •  Luke 16:1-13

Jeremiah 8:18-9:1
8:18 My joy is gone, grief is upon me, my heart is sick.

8:19 Hark, the cry of my poor people from far and wide in the land: "Is the
LORD not in Zion? Is her King not in her?" ("Why have they provoked me
to anger with their images, with their foreign idols?")

8:20 "The harvest is past, the summer is ended, and we are not saved."

8:21 For the hurt of my poor people I am hurt, I mourn, and dismay has
taken hold of me.

8:22 Is there no balm in Gilead? Is there no physician there? Why then
has the health of my poor people not been restored?

9:1 O that my head were a spring of water, and my eyes a fountain of tears,
so that I might weep day and night for the slain of my poor people!

Psalm 79:1-9
79:1 O God, the nations have come into your inheritance; they have defiled
your holy temple; they have laid Jerusalem in ruins.

79:2 They have given the bodies of your servants to the birds of the air
for food, the flesh of your faithful to the wild animals of the earth.

79:3 They have poured out their blood like water all around Jerusalem,
and there was no one to bury them.

79:4 We have become a taunt to our neighbors, mocked and derided by
those around us.

79:5 How long, O LORD? Will you be angry forever? Will your jealous
wrath burn like fire?

79:6 Pour out your anger on the nations that do not know you, and on the
kingdoms that do not call on your name.

79:7 For they have devoured Jacob and laid waste his habitation.

79:8 Do not remember against us the iniquities of our ancestors;
let your compassion come speedily to meet us, for we are brought very low.

79:9 Help us, O God of our salvation, for the glory of your name; deliver us,
and forgive our sins, for your name's sake.

1 Timothy 2:1-7
2:1 First of all, then, I urge that supplications, prayers, intercessions, and
thanksgivings be made for everyone,

2:2 for kings and all who are in high positions, so that we may lead a quiet
and peaceable life in all godliness and dignity.

2:3 This is right and is acceptable in the sight of God our Savior,

2:4 who desires everyone to be saved and to come to the knowledge of
the truth.

2:5 For there is one God; there is also one mediator between God and
humankind, Christ Jesus, himself human,

2:6 who gave himself a ransom for all--this was attested at the right time.

2:7 For this I was appointed a herald and an apostle (I am telling the truth,
I am not lying), a teacher of the Gentiles in faith and truth.

Luke 16:1-13
16:1 Then Jesus said to the disciples, "There was a rich man who had
a manager, and charges were brought to him that this man was squandering
his property.

16:2 So he summoned him and said to him, 'What is this that I hear about
you? Give me an accounting of your management, because you cannot be
my manager any longer.'

16:3 Then the manager said to himself, 'What will I do, now that my master
is taking the position away from me? I am not strong enough to dig, and I am
ashamed to beg.

16:4 I have decided what to do so that, when I am dismissed as manager,
people may welcome me into their homes.'

16:5 So, summoning his master's debtors one by one, he asked the first,
'How much do you owe my master?'

16:6 He answered, 'A hundred jugs of olive oil.' He said to him,
'Take your bill, sit down quickly, and make it fifty.'

16:7 Then he asked another, 'And how much do you owe?' He replied,
'A hundred containers of wheat.' He said to him, 'Take your bill and
make it eighty.'

16:8 And his master commended the dishonest manager because he
had acted shrewdly; for the children of this age are more shrewd in
dealing with their own generation than are the children of light.

16:9 And I tell you, make friends for yourselves by means of dishonest
wealth so that when it is gone, they may welcome you into the eternal homes.

16:10 "Whoever is faithful in a very little is faithful also in much; and whoever
is dishonest in a very little is dishonest also in much.

16:11 If then you have not been faithful with the dishonest wealth, who
will entrust to you the true riches?

16:12 And if you have not been faithful with what belongs to another,
who will give you what is your own?

16:13 No slave can serve two masters; for a slave will either hate the one
and love the other, or be devoted to the one and despise the other.
You cannot serve God and wealth."