Aug 11, 2014

Scripture Litany: Matthew 18 and Romans 13

Here’s a scripture litany inspired by two of the suggested scripture readings for Proper 18 A (Matthew 18 and Romans 13). It was compiled by Katherine Hawker, and posted on Liturgy Outside the Box.

Scripture Litany
(based on Matthew 18 and Romans 13)

Again, I saw vanity under the sun:
the case of solitary individuals, without sons or brothers;
yet there is no end to all their toil,
and their eyes are never satisfied with riches.
 "For whom am I toiling," they ask, "and depriving myself of pleasure?"
This also is vanity and an unhappy business. (Ecclesiastes 4:7-8)

Owe no one anything, except to love one another;
for the one who loves another has fulfilled the law. (Romans 13:8)

Truly I tell you,
whatever you bind on earth will be bound in heaven,
and whatever you loose on earth
will be loosed in heaven. (Matthew 18:18)

Two are better than one,
because they have a good reward for their toil.
For if they fall, one will lift up the other;
but woe to one who is alone and falls
and does not have another to help.
Again, if two lie together, they keep warm;
but how can one keep warm alone? (Ecclesiastes 4:9-11)

The commandments say,
"You shall not commit adultery;
You shall not murder;
You shall not steal;
You shall not covet"; and any other commandment,
are summed up in this word,
"Love your neighbor as yourself." (Romans 13:9)

Again, truly I tell you,
if two of you agree on earth about anything you ask,
it will be done for you by my Father in heaven. (Matthew 18:19)

Love does no wrong to a neighbor;
therefore, love is the fulfilling of the law. (Romans 13:10)

For where two or three are gathered in my name,
I am there among them." (Matthew 18:20)

And though one might prevail against another,
two will withstand one.
A threefold cord is not quickly broken. (Ecclesiastes 4:12)

~ Katherine Hawker, from Liturgy Outside the Box