The Eighth Sunday After Pentecost, July 15, 2018

Old Testament: Amos 7:7–15

Epistle: Ephesians 1:3–14

Gospel: Mark 6:14–29

One of the predominant themes for the day is that God is the agent in the preservation and salvation of his people.  The Introit (selected verses from Psalm 143) focuses on God and his work in saving those who are troubled.  The Gradual magnifies the wisdom of God, placing his thoughts and ways above our own.  The Old Testament Reading finds Amaziah forbidding Amos to speak, and the prophet responding that it was God who chose him from nothing to be his spokesman. Finally, in the Gospel we find King Herod believing that John the Baptist has been raised from the dead, and that in the person of Jesus he is performing miracles.

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