Proper 24 (Year B)

(Sunday between October 16 and October 22 inclusive)

Summary

In the readings for this Sunday, we see the suffering servant of God was wounded for our iniquities (Isaiah 53:4-12). Speaking for the Lord the psalmist says: I will deliver and protect those who love me (Psalm 91:9-16). The author of Hebrews tells us that the Son of God suffered willingly; now he is our great high priest (Hebrews 5:1-10). In Mark, we read that Jesus came to be a servant and to give his life for others (Mark 10:35-45).

Lectionary Readings

Isaiah 53:4-12

4 Surely he has borne our infirmities
and carried our diseases;
yet we accounted him stricken,
struck down by God, and afflicted.
5 But he was wounded for our transgressions,
crushed for our iniquities;
upon him was the punishment that made us whole,
and by his bruises we are healed.
6 All we like sheep have gone astray;
we have all turned to our own way,
and the Lord has laid on him
the iniquity of us all.

7 He was oppressed, and he was afflicted,
yet he did not open his mouth;
like a lamb that is led to the slaughter,
and like a sheep that before its shearers is silent,
so he did not open his mouth.
8 By a perversion of justice he was taken away.
Who could have imagined his future?
For he was cut off from the land of the living,
stricken for the transgression of my people.
9 They made his grave with the wicked
and his tomb with the rich,
although he had done no violence,
and there was no deceit in his mouth.

10 Yet it was the will of the Lord to crush him with pain.
When you make his life an offering for sin,
he shall see his offspring, and shall prolong his days;
through him the will of the Lord shall prosper.
11 Out of his anguish he shall see light;
he shall find satisfaction through his knowledge.
The righteous one, my servant, shall make many righteous,
and he shall bear their iniquities.
12 Therefore I will allot him a portion with the great,
and he shall divide the spoil with the strong;
because he poured out himself to death,
and was numbered with the transgressors;
yet he bore the sin of many,
and made intercession for the transgressors.

Psalm 91:9-16

9 Because you have made the Lord your refuge,
the Most High your dwelling place,
10 no evil shall befall you,
no scourge come near your tent.

11 For he will command his angels concerning you
to guard you in all your ways.
12 On their hands they will bear you up,
so that you will not dash your foot against a stone.
13 You will tread on the lion and the adder,
the young lion and the serpent you will trample under foot.

14 Those who love me, I will deliver;
I will protect those who know my name.
15 When they call to me, I will answer them;
I will be with them in trouble,
I will rescue them and honor them.
16 With long life I will satisfy them,
and show them my salvation.

Hebrews 5:1-10

1 Every high priest chosen from among mortals is put in charge of things pertaining to God on their behalf, to offer gifts and sacrifices for sins. 2 He is able to deal gently with the ignorant and wayward, since he himself is subject to weakness; 3 and because of this he must offer sacrifice for his own sins as well as for those of the people. 4 And one does not presume to take this honor, but takes it only when called by God, just as Aaron was.

5 So also Christ did not glorify himself in becoming a high priest, but was appointed by the one who said to him,

“You are my Son,
today I have begotten you”;

6 as he says also in another place,

“You are a priest forever,
according to the order of Melchizedek.”

7 In the days of his flesh, Jesus offered up prayers and supplications, with loud cries and tears, to the one who was able to save him from death, and he was heard because of his reverent submission. 8 Although he was a Son, he learned obedience through what he suffered; 9 and having been made perfect, he became the source of eternal salvation for all who obey him, 10 having been designated by God a high priest according to the order of Melchizedek.

Mark 10:35-45

35 James and John, the sons of Zebedee, came forward to him and said to him, “Teacher, we want you to do for us whatever we ask of you.” 36 And he said to them, “What is it you want me to do for you?” 37 And they said to him, “Grant us to sit, one at your right hand and one at your left, in your glory.” 38 But Jesus said to them, “You do not know what you are asking. Are you able to drink the cup that I drink, or be baptized with the baptism that I am baptized with?” 39 They replied, “We are able.” Then Jesus said to them, “The cup that I drink you will drink; and with the baptism with which I am baptized, you will be baptized; 40 but to sit at my right hand or at my left is not mine to grant, but it is for those for whom it has been prepared.”

41 When the ten heard this, they began to be angry with James and John. 42 So Jesus called them and said to them, “You know that among the Gentiles those whom they recognize as their rulers lord it over them, and their great ones are tyrants over them. 43 But it is not so among you; but whoever wishes to become great among you must be your servant, 44 and whoever wishes to be first among you must be slave of all. 45 For the Son of Man came not to be served but to serve, and to give his life a ransom for many.”

Liturgical Elements

Call to Worship

Psalm 91:14-15

Those who love me, I will deliver;
I will protect those who know my name.
When they call to me, I will answer them;

I will be with them in trouble,
I will rescue them and honor them.
With long life I will satisfy them,
and show them my salvation.

Call to Confession

Based Isaiah 53:6a

Brothers and sisters,
all we like sheep have gone astray;
we have all turned to our own way.
Therefore, let us confess our sins to the Lord.

Prayer of Confession

Based on Mark 10:35-45

Gracious Lord,
we confess that we desire positions
of power and authority
and to make a name for ourselves.
Change our hearts, O God;
give us the humility of Christ,
who came not to be served but to serve.
May we remember that whoever
wishes to become great must become a servant,
and whoever wishes to be first must be slave of all.

Assurance of Forgiveness

Based on Isaiah 53:5

Christ was wounded for our transgressions,
and crushed for our iniquities;
upon him was the punishment that made us whole,
and by his bruises we are healed.

Affirmation of Faith

Based on Hebrews 5:7-10

We believe that in the days that Jesus walked the earth,
he offered up prayers and supplications, with loud cries and tears,
to the one who was able to save him from death,
and he was heard because of his reverent submission.

We believe that although he was a Son,
he learned obedience through what he suffered;
and having been made perfect,
he became the source of eternal salvation for all who obey him,
having been designated by God a high priest.

Reflection Questions

1. Reflect on all that Jesus endured for us in the vivid descriptions of Isaiah 53. How does that shape your perspective of the cross?

2. What uniquely qualifies Jesus to be our High Priest? In the Old Testament there were priests and sacrifices. How does Jesus fulfill both of these roles?

3. How do we often act like James and John in Mark 10? What selfish motives influence how you pray to Jesus?

4. In what ways can we be naive in what we ask of God? How does God often show us mercy?

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