17th Sunday after Trinity

Redeeming Naomi

A Homily for the Seventeenth Sunday after Trinity (Proper 23, Year C)

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Homily Text: Ruth 1:8-19a

But Naomi said to her two daughters-in-law, "Go, return each of you to her mother's house. May the Lord deal kindly with you, as you have dealt with the dead and with me. The Lord grant that you may find a home, each of you in the house of her husband!" Then she kissed them, and they lifted up their voices and wept. And they said to her, "No, we will return with you to your people." But Naomi said, "Turn back, my daughters, why will you go with me? Have I yet sons in my womb that they may become your husbands? Turn back, my daughters, go your way, for I am too old to have a husband. If I should say I have hope, even if I should have a husband this night and should bear sons, would you therefore wait till they were grown? Would you therefore refrain from marrying? No, my daughters, for it is exceedingly bitter to me for your sake that the hand of the Lord has gone forth against me." Then they lifted up their voices and wept again; and Orpah (OR’-pah) kissed her mother-in-law, but Ruth clung to her. And she said, "See, your sister-in-law has gone back to her people and to her gods; return after your sister-in-law." But Ruth said, "Entreat me not to leave you or to return from following you; for where you go I will go, and where you lodge I will lodge, your people shall be my people, and your God my God; where you die I will die, and there will I be buried. May the Lord do so to me and more also if even death parts me from you." And when Naomi saw that she was determined to go with her, she said no more. So the two of them went on until they came to Bethlehem.

Announcements

Generations: Generations is intended to be our primary engine for spiritual development and is designed for everyone—ages 1-100. This week at Generations we will be learn how to pray the Prayer of Practicing the Presence of God. All are welcome! Dinner starts at 5:30.

Bazaar Prep: If you’re the leader of a soup team, make sure you schedule a day in the Parish Hall. Please pick up some tickets from Sandy in the back after church to sell to family, friends, neighbors, and co-workers.

This Week’s Masses and Saints

Feria Mass:  Wednesday, 10/16 at 4:30 pm in the chapel (2019 BCP, Sarum Use), commemorating Ss. Latimer and Ridley, Martyrs, d. 1555; also St. Ignatius of Antioch, Bishop and Martyr, d. 115 (transf. 10/17); and Our Lady of Walsingham (transf. 10/15).

Vigil Mass for the Feast of St. Luke:  Thursday, 10/17 at 4:30 pm in the chapel (2019 BCP, Sarum Use).