Saturday, March 16, 2019

The Daily Lectionary for SATURDAY, March 16, 2019

The Lament over Jerusalem
Matthew 23:37-39

The Daily Lectionary
SATURDAY, March 16, 2019
(Revised Common Lectionary Year C)

Psalm 27
Triumphant Song of Confidence
Of David.
1  The Lord is my light and my salvation;
     whom shall I fear?
   The Lord is the stronghold of my life;
     of whom shall I be afraid?

2  When evildoers assail me
     to devour my flesh—
   my adversaries and foes—
     they shall stumble and fall.

3  Though an army encamp against me,
     my heart shall not fear;
   though war rise up against me,
     yet I will be confident.

4  One thing I asked of the Lord,
     that will I seek after:
   to live in the house of the Lord
     all the days of my life,
   to behold the beauty of the Lord,
     and to inquire in his temple.

5  For he will hide me in his shelter
     in the day of trouble;
   he will conceal me under the cover of his tent;
     he will set me high on a rock.

6  Now my head is lifted up
     above my enemies all around me,
   and I will offer in his tent
     sacrifices with shouts of joy;
   I will sing and make melody to the Lord.

7  Hear, O Lord, when I cry aloud,
     be gracious to me and answer me!
8  “Come,” my heart says, “seek his face!”
     Your face, Lord, do I seek.
9    Do not hide your face from me.

   Do not turn your servant away in anger,
     you who have been my help.
   Do not cast me off, do not forsake me,
     O God of my salvation!
10 If my father and mother forsake me,
     the Lord will take me up.

11 Teach me your way, O Lord,
     and lead me on a level path
     because of my enemies.
12 Do not give me up to the will of my adversaries,
     for false witnesses have risen against me,
     and they are breathing out violence.

13 I believe that I shall see the goodness of the Lord
     in the land of the living.
14 Wait for the Lord;
     be strong, and let your heart take courage;
     wait for the Lord!

Psalm 118:26-29
26 Blessed is the one who comes in the name of the Lord.
     We bless you from the house of the Lord.
27 The Lord is God,
     and he has given us light.
   Bind the festal procession with branches,
     up to the horns of the altar.

28 You are my God, and I will give thanks to you;
     you are my God, I will extol you.

29 O give thanks to the Lord, for he is good,
     for his steadfast love endures forever.

Matthew 23:37-39
The Lament over Jerusalem
23:37 “Jerusalem, Jerusalem, the city that kills the prophets and stones those who are sent to it! How often have I desired to gather your children together as a hen gathers her brood under her wings, and you were not willing! 38 See, your house is left to you, desolate. 39 For I tell you, you will not see me again until you say, ‘Blessed is the one who comes in the name of the Lord.’”

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.
Jerusalem, Jerusalem, the city that kills the prophets and stones those who are sent to it!

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