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Ruth 1:1-18 - Sunday Scripture Reflection

Updated: Nov 3, 2021

On this Twenty-third Sunday after Pentecost we will be reading from the Book of Ruth. We will hear the opening verses of this short, yet very important Book of the Bible. The story details the tragic heartbreak of Naomi over the death of her husband, Elimelech, and her two sons, Mahlon and Chilion. Naomi deals with her grief by deciding to return to her homeland, and finds great comfort, strength, and faithfulness in her two daughters-in-law, Orpah and Ruth. We will explore the many aspects of mercy, hope, faithfulness, and love.

Our Scripture passage is found in the Book of Ruth. You may find the Scripture lesson by selecting the following link: (Ruth 1:1-18).

For continuing study, reflect on these questions (found in the study guide below):

  • Read the Scripture passage assigned for this week, paying special attention to the vulnerability and insecurity of all three women in the story, recognizing that each woman's insecurity and challenges are slightly different. Reflect on how these parts of the story might connect with your life or people that you know in your life.

  • After reading the "WHAT..." paragraph in the guide below, reflect on the following questions: how is Naomi's situation of widowhood different than that of Orpah and Ruth? How is God's "hesed" (steadfast love) shown through both Ruth's and Orpah's actions toward Naomi?

  • Read the "WHERE..." paragraph below and reflect on the following: how did Ruth's courageous act to go "where ever Naomi went" require a great act of hope and faith in Ruth's life? Try to imagine what Ruth felt like as they walked down the road, away from Moab and ever closer to the land of Judah.

  • After reading the "SO WHAT..." paragraph below, reflect on the following: What must Naomi let go of in order to accept Ruth's commitment to her?

  • After reading the "NOW WHAT..." paragraph below, reflect on the author's final words in the paragraph: "...faithful human relationships reflect divine care and therefore the covenantal care of community." Try to come up with examples in your own life where you have witnessed "faithful human relationships reflect divine care."

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