Bible Readings

Daily Readings for Wednesday, November 24, 2021

First Reading Obadiah 15-21

15  For the day of the LORD is near against all the nations.
     As you have done, it shall be done to you;
          your deeds shall return on your own head.
16  For as you have drunk on my holy mountain,
          all the nations around you shall drink;
     they shall drink and gulp down,
          and shall be as though they had never been.
17  But on Mount Zion there shall be those that escape,
          and it shall be holy;
      and the house of Jacob shall take possession of those who dispossessed them.
18  The house of Jacob shall be a fire,
          the house of Joseph a flame,
          and the house of Esau stubble;
     they shall burn them and consume them,
          and there shall be no survivor of the house of Esau;
     for the LORD has spoken.
19  Those of the Negeb shall possess Mount Esau,
          and those of the Shephelah the land of the Philistines;
          they shall possess the land of Ephraim and the land of Samaria,
          and Benjamin shall possess Gilead.
20  The exiles of the Israelites who are in Halah
          shall possess Phoenicia as far as Zarephath;
     and the exiles of Jerusalem who are in Sepharad
          shall possess the towns of the Negeb.
21  Those who have been saved shall go up to Mount Zion
          to rule Mount Esau;
          and the kingdom shall be the Lord’s.

Second Reading 1 Peter 2:1-10

1Rid yourselves, therefore, of all malice, and all guile, insincerity, envy, and all slander. 2Like newborn infants, long for the pure, spiritual milk, so that by it you may grow into salvation — 3if indeed you have tasted that the Lord is good.

4Come to him, a living stone, though rejected by mortals yet chosen and precious in God’s sight, and 5like living stones, let yourselves be built into a spiritual house, to be a holy priesthood, to offer spiritual sacrifices acceptable to God through Jesus Christ. 6For it stands in scripture:
     “See, I am laying in Zion a stone,
          a cornerstone chosen and precious;
     and whoever believes in him will not be put to shame.”
7To you then who believe, he is precious; but for those who do not believe,
     “The stone that the builders rejected
          has become the very head of the corner,”
8and
     “A stone that makes them stumble,
          and a rock that makes them fall.”
They stumble because they disobey the word, as they were destined to do.

9But you are a chosen race, a royal priesthood, a holy nation, God’s own people, in order that you may proclaim the mighty acts of him who called you out of darkness into his marvelous light. 10Once you were not a people, but now you are God’s people; once you had not received mercy, but now you have received mercy.

Gospel Reading Matthew 19:23-30

23Then Jesus said to his disciples, “Truly I tell you, it will be hard for a rich person to enter the kingdom of heaven. 24Again I tell you, it is easier for a camel to go through the eye of a needle than for someone who is rich to enter the kingdom of God.” 25When the disciples heard this, they were greatly astounded and said, “Then who can be saved?” 26But Jesus looked at them and said, “For mortals it is impossible, but for God all things are possible.”