Scripture Readings for August 16, 2020    (New Revised Standard Version)
Year A - 11th Sunday After Pentecost

Genesis 45:1-15 and Psalm 133  •  Isaiah 56:1, 6-8 and Psalm 67  •  
Romans 11:1-2a, 29-32  •  Matthew 15: (10-20), 21-28

Genesis 45:1-15
45:1 Then Joseph could no longer control himself before all those who stood by
him, and he cried out, "Send everyone away from me." So no one stayed with
him when Joseph made himself known to his brothers.

45:2 And he wept so loudly that the Egyptians heard it, and the household of
Pharaoh heard it.

45:3 Joseph said to his brothers, "I am Joseph. Is my father still alive?"
But his brothers could not answer him, so dismayed were they at his presence.

45:4 Then Joseph said to his brothers, "Come closer to me." And they came
closer. He said, "I am your brother, Joseph, whom you sold into Egypt.

45:5 And now do not be distressed, or angry with yourselves, because you
sold me here; for God sent me before you to preserve life.

45:6 For the famine has been in the land these two years; and there are
five more years in which there will be neither plowing nor harvest.

45:7 God sent me before you to preserve for you a remnant on earth, and
to keep alive for you many survivors.

45:8 So it was not you who sent me here, but God; he has made me a father
to Pharaoh, and lord of all his house and ruler over all the land of Egypt.

45:9 Hurry and go up to my father and say to him, 'Thus says your son Joseph,
God has made me lord of all Egypt; come down to me, do not delay.

45:10 You shall settle in the land of Goshen, and you shall be near me, you and
your children and your children's children, as well as your flocks, your herds,
and all that you have.

45:11 I will provide for you there--since there are five more years of famine
to come--so that you and your household, and all that you have, will not come
to poverty.

45:12 And now your eyes and the eyes of my brother Benjamin see that it
is my own mouth that speaks to you.

45:13 You must tell my father how greatly I am honored in Egypt, and all
that you have seen. Hurry and bring my father down here."

45:14 Then he fell upon his brother Benjamin's neck and wept, while Benjamin
wept upon his neck.

45:15 And he kissed all his brothers and wept upon them; and after that his
brothers talked with him.

Psalm 133
133:1 How very good and pleasant it is when kindred live together in unity!

133:2 It is like the precious oil on the head, running down upon the beard,
on the beard of Aaron, running down over the collar of his robes.

133:3 It is like the dew of Hermon, which falls on the mountains of Zion.
For there the LORD ordained his blessing, life forevermore.

Isaiah 56:1, 6-8
56:1 Thus says the LORD: Maintain justice, and do what is right, for soon
my salvation will come, and my deliverance be revealed.

56:6 And the foreigners who join themselves to the LORD, to minister to him,
to love the name of the LORD, and to be his servants, all who keep the sabbath,
and do not profane it, and hold fast my covenant--

56:7 these I will bring to my holy mountain, and make them joyful in my house
of prayer; their burnt offerings and their sacrifices will be accepted on my
altar; for my house shall be called a house of prayer for all peoples.

56:8 Thus says the Lord GOD, who gathers the outcasts of Israel,
I will gather others to them besides those already gathered.

Psalm 67
67:1 May God be gracious to us and bless us and make his face to shine
upon us, Selah

67:2 that your way may be known upon earth, your saving power among all
nations.

67:3 Let the peoples praise you, O God; let all the peoples praise you.

67:4 Let the nations be glad and sing for joy, for you judge the peoples
with equity and guide the nations upon earth. Selah

67:5 Let the peoples praise you, O God; let all the peoples praise you.

67:6 The earth has yielded its increase; God, our God, has blessed us.

67:7 May God continue to bless us; let all the ends of the earth revere him.

Romans 11:1-2a, 29-32
11:1 I ask, then, has God rejected his people? By no means! I myself am an
Israelite, a descendant of Abraham, a member of the tribe of Benjamin.

11:2a God has not rejected his people whom he foreknew.

11:29 For the gifts and the calling of God are irrevocable.

11:30 Just as you were once disobedient to God but have now received mercy
because of their disobedience,

11:31 so they have now been disobedient in order that, by the mercy shown
to you, they too may now receive mercy.

11:32 For God has imprisoned all in disobedience so that he may be merciful
to all.

Matthew 15: (10-20), 21-28
15:10 Then he called the crowd to him and said to them, "Listen and understand:

15:11 it is not what goes into the mouth that defiles a person, but it is what
comes out of the mouth that defiles."

15:12 Then the disciples approached and said to him, "Do you know that the
Pharisees took offense when they heard what you said?"

15:13 He answered, "Every plant that my heavenly Father has not planted will
be uprooted.

15:14 Let them alone; they are blind guides of the blind. And if one blind person
guides another, both will fall into a pit."

15:15 But Peter said to him, "Explain this parable to us."

15:16 Then he said, "Are you also still without understanding?

15:17 Do you not see that whatever goes into the mouth enters the stomach,
and goes out into the sewer?

15:18 But what comes out of the mouth proceeds from the heart, and this is
what defiles.

15:19 For out of the heart come evil intentions, murder, adultery, fornication,
theft, false witness, slander.

15:20 These are what defile a person, but to eat with unwashed hands does not
defile."

15:21 Jesus left that place and went away to the district of Tyre and Sidon.

15:22 Just then a Canaanite woman from that region came out and started
shouting, "Have mercy on me, Lord, Son of David; my daughter is tormented
by a demon."

15:23 But he did not answer her at all. And his disciples came and urged him,
saying, "Send her away, for she keeps shouting after us."

15:24 He answered, "I was sent only to the lost sheep of the house of Israel."

15:25 But she came and knelt before him, saying, "Lord, help me."

15:26 He answered, "It is not fair to take the children's food and throw it to
the dogs."

15:27 She said, "Yes, Lord, yet even the dogs eat the crumbs that fall from
their masters' table."

15:28 Then Jesus answered her, "Woman, great is your faith! Let it be done for
you as you wish." And her daughter was healed instantly.