“And there God lets the hungry live …”

Proper 26A/Ordinary 31A/Pentecost +20
October 30, 2011

Joshua 3:7-17

Psalm 107: 1-7, 35-43

Matthew 23:1-12

[I’m experimenting with something new in this post – video!  Read the Psalm excerpt below, then watch the video on the Occupy DC camp.  Enjoy!]

Psalm 107

1O give thanks to the Lord, for he is good; for his steadfast love endures forever.

2Let the redeemed of the Lord say so, those he redeemed from trouble

3and gathered in from the lands, from the east and from the west, from the north and from the south.

4Some wandered in desert wastes, finding no way to an inhabited town;

5hungry and thirsty, their soul fainted within them.

6Then they cried to the Lord in their trouble, and he delivered them from their distress;

7he led them by a straight way, until they reached an inhabited town.

35He turns a desert into pools of water, a parched land into springs of water.

36And there he lets the hungry live, and they establish a town to live in;

37they sow fields, and plant vineyards, and get a fruitful yield.

38By his blessing they multiply greatly, and he does not let their cattle decrease.

39When they are diminished and brought low through oppression, trouble, and sorrow,

40he pours contempt on princes and makes them wander in trackless wastes;

41but he raises up the needy out of distress, and makes their families like flocks.

42The upright see it and are glad; and all wickedness stops its mouth.

43Let those who are wise give heed to these things, and consider the steadfast love of the Lord.

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