Note: This is also World Communion Sunday
Job 1:1, 2:1-10: The Adversary (CEB) challenges God, saying that Job only stays faithful because God has not allowed Job to be harmed – even though the Adversary has already taken so much from Job. Then God allows the Adversary to afflict Job, as long as he spares Job’s life. But, even though Job gets very sick with a skin disease, and though his wife tells him to curse God, he refuses to give up on his faith.
OR Genesis 2:18-24: God seeks to provide a companion for the man, so he brings all the animals for the man to name, but no companion is found. Then God creates woman, and the man celebrates her, as one like himself.
Psalm 26: The Psalmist pleads with God to save and protect him, because he has stayed away from foolish and evil people, preferring to spend time in God’s house and to bless God in the congregation.
OR Psalm 8: God is majestic, yet notices human beings, making them just a little lower than the angels and putting them over all of creation as God’s stewards.
Hebrews 1:1-4, 2:5-12: God has spoken, as never before, through Jesus Christ, who was made a little lower than angels for a time in order to lead human beings – whom he calls sisters and brothers – to salvation.
Mark 10:2-16: The religious leaders challenge Jesus on whether it is acceptable to divorce one’s wife. Jesus says that the law allowed it only because of our hard hearts, but that if someone divorces and remarries, they commit adultery. Then, when the disciples scold those who bring children to Jesus to be blessed, Jesus stops them and tells them that God’s kingdom belongs to those who are like children, and that if we don’t welcome children, we cannot be part of God’s Reign.
(Bible reading summaries by John van de Laar, Sacredise)