Wednesday, February 13, 2019

The Daily Lectionary for WEDNESDAY, February 13, 2019

Jesus Calls Levi
Luke 5:27-32

The Daily Lectionary
WEDNESDAY, February 13, 2019
(Revised Common Lectionary Year C)

Psalm 115
The Impotence of Idols and the Greatness of God
1  Not to us, O Lord, not to us, but to your name give glory,
     for the sake of your steadfast love and your faithfulness.
2  Why should the nations say,
     “Where is their God?”

3  Our God is in the heavens;
     he does whatever he pleases.
4  Their idols are silver and gold,
     the work of human hands.
5  They have mouths, but do not speak;
     eyes, but do not see.
6  They have ears, but do not hear;
     noses, but do not smell.
7  They have hands, but do not feel;
     feet, but do not walk;
     they make no sound in their throats.
8  Those who make them are like them;
     so are all who trust in them.

9  O Israel, trust in the Lord!
     He is their help and their shield.
10 O house of Aaron, trust in the Lord!
     He is their help and their shield.
11 You who fear the Lord, trust in the Lord!
     He is their help and their shield.

12 The Lord has been mindful of us; he will bless us;
     he will bless the house of Israel;
     he will bless the house of Aaron;
13 he will bless those who fear the Lord,
     both small and great.

14 May the Lord give you increase,
     both you and your children.
15 May you be blessed by the Lord,
     who made heaven and earth.

16 The heavens are the Lord’s heavens,
     but the earth he has given to human beings.
17 The dead do not praise the Lord,
     nor do any that go down into silence.
18 But we will bless the Lord
     from this time on and forevermore.
   Praise the Lord!

Isaiah 8:1-15
Isaiah’s Son a Sign of the Assyrian Invasion
8:1 Then the Lord said to me, Take a large tablet and write on it in common characters, “Belonging to Maher-shalal-hash-baz,” 2 and have it attested for me by reliable witnesses, the priest Uriah and Zechariah son of Jeberechiah. 3 And I went to the prophetess, and she conceived and bore a son. Then the Lord said to me, Name him Maher-shalal-hash-baz; 4 for before the child knows how to call “My father” or “My mother,” the wealth of Damascus and the spoil of Samaria will be carried away by the king of Assyria.

5 The Lord spoke to me again: 6 Because this people has refused the waters of Shiloah that flow gently, and melt in fear before Rezin and the son of Remaliah; 7 therefore, the Lord is bringing up against it the mighty flood waters of the River, the king of Assyria and all his glory; it will rise above all its channels and overflow all its banks; 8 it will sweep on into Judah as a flood, and, pouring over, it will reach up to the neck; and its outspread wings will fill the breadth of your land, O Immanuel.

9  Band together, you peoples, and be dismayed;
     listen, all you far countries;
   gird yourselves and be dismayed;
     gird yourselves and be dismayed!
10 Take counsel together, but it shall be brought to naught;
     speak a word, but it will not stand,
     for God is with us.

11 For the Lord spoke thus to me while his hand was strong upon me, and warned me not to walk in the way of this people, saying: 12 Do not call conspiracy all that this people calls conspiracy, and do not fear what it fears, or be in dread. 13 But the Lord of hosts, him you shall regard as holy; let him be your fear, and let him be your dread. 14 He will become a sanctuary, a stone one strikes against; for both houses of Israel he will become a rock one stumbles over—a trap and a snare for the inhabitants of Jerusalem. 15 And many among them shall stumble; they shall fall and be broken; they shall be snared and taken.

Luke 5:27-32
Jesus Calls Levi
5:27 After this he went out and saw a tax collector named Levi, sitting at the tax booth; and he said to him, “Follow me.” 28 And he got up, left everything, and followed him.

29 Then Levi gave a great banquet for him in his house; and there was a large crowd of tax collectors and others sitting at the table with them. 30 The Pharisees and their scribes were complaining to his disciples, saying, “Why do you eat and drink with tax collectors and sinners?” 31 Jesus answered, “Those who are well have no need of a physician, but those who are sick; 32 I have come to call not the righteous but sinners to repentance.”

Optional parts of the readings are set off in square brackets.

The Bible texts of the Old Testament, Epistle and Gospel lessons are from the New Revised Standard Version Bible, copyright 1989 by the Division of Christian Education of the National Council of the Church of Christ in the USA, and used by permission.

The Daily Lectionary is a three year cyclical lectionary. We are currently in Year C. Beginning with the first Sunday of Advent in 2019, we will be in Year A. The year which ended at Advent 2018 was Year B. These readings complement the Sunday and festival readings: Thursday through Saturday readings help prepare the reader for the Sunday ahead; Monday through Wednesday readings help the reader reflect and digest on what they heard in worship. Revised Common Lectionary Daily Readings, copyright © 2005 Consultation on Common Texts.
Jesus answered, “Those who are well have no need of a physician, but those who are sick; I have come to call not the righteous but sinners to repentance.”

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