September 24, 2017
Sixteenth Sunday after Pentecost
Jonah 3:10 - 4:11
THE GOSPEL READING:
Questions for Reflection:
In the stories in Jonah and Matthew, we find others resentful of God's generosity toward the "undeserving." Both stories end with a question worth pondering. God asks Jonah: "Should I not be concerned about Ninevah, that great city?" and the landowner asks the grumbling all-day workers: "Are you envious because I am generous? How do these stories of God's generosity invite us to think about our own lives?
New every morning are your mercies, Lord. Your steadfast love stayed with me through the night and greets me as I rise this day. This morning, I remember and give thanks for parents and grandparents, for teachers and friends in generations past who showed your love and told your stories to me. I pray that I will also share this faith with a new generation so that our praise of you continues forever. I will not be idle today, but will find a way to do whatever work you set before me with a glad and generous heart. In Jesus' name, I pray. Amen.
Here at the close of the day, O God, I come to you with open hands to receive the gift of your grace with a thankful spirit. If there is in me any trace of anger or resentment left over from the day, from some slight, big or small, real or imagined, blow it away with the breath of your peace. In the lengthening shadows of evening, comforted by a solfter light in stars and moon, quiet within me the duties and cares of the day now past, enabling me to rest in you. In your holy name I pray. Amen.