THE LORD GOD called to the man, and said to him, "Where are you?" … Then the Lord God said to the woman, "What is this that you have done?"
THEN THE LORD SAID to Cain, "Where is your brother Abel?" He said, "I do not know; am I my brother's keeper?"
THE ISRAELITES QUARRELED and tested the Lord, saying, "Is the Lord among us or not?"
MY GOD, MY GOD, why have you forsaken me? Why are you so far from helping me, from the words of my groaning?
IS THERE NO BALM in Gilead? Is there no physician there? Why then has the health of my poor people not been restored?
WHERE CAN I GO from your Spirit? Or where can I flee from your presence?
WHEN I LOOK at your heavens, the work of your fingers, the moon and the stars that you have established; what are human beings that you are mindful of them, mortals that you care for them?
TO WHOM then will you compare me, or who is my equal? says the Holy One. Lift up your eyes on high and see: Who created these?
WITH WHAT shall I come before the Lord, and bow myself before God on high? … He has told you, O mortal, what is good; and what does the Lord require of you but to do justice, and to love kindness, and to walk humbly with your God?
JESUS … asked his disciples, "Who do people say that I am?" … He asked them, "But who do you say that I am?"
THEN SOMEONE CAME to him and said, "Teacher, what good deed must I do to have eternal life?"
FOR WHAT will it profit them to gain the whole world and forfeit their life? Indeed, what can they give in return for their life?
WHAT then are we to say? Should we continue in sin in order that grace may abound? … How can we who died to sin go on living in it? Do you not know that all of us who have been baptized into Christ Jesus were baptized into his death?
WHO WILL SEPARATE US from the love of Christ? Will hardship, or distress, or persecution, or famine, or nakedness, or peril, or sword?
All selections from the NRSV.
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