Tuesday, March 26, 2019

The Daily Lectionary for TUESDAY, March 26, 2019

The Righteous Judgment of God (Cont.)
Romans 2:12-16

The Daily Lectionary
TUESDAY, March 26, 2019
(Revised Common Lectionary Year C)

Psalm 39
Prayer for Wisdom and Forgiveness
To the leader: to Jeduthun. A Psalm of David.
1  I said, “I will guard my ways
     that I may not sin with my tongue;
   I will keep a muzzle on my mouth
     as long as the wicked are in my presence.”
2  I was silent and still;
     I held my peace to no avail;
   my distress grew worse,
3    my heart became hot within me.
   While I mused, the fire burned;
     then I spoke with my tongue:

4  “Lord, let me know my end,
     and what is the measure of my days;
     let me know how fleeting my life is.
5  You have made my days a few handbreadths,
     and my lifetime is as nothing in your sight.
   Surely everyone stands as a mere breath.    Selah
6    Surely everyone goes about like a shadow.
   Surely for nothing they are in turmoil;
     they heap up, and do not know who will gather.

7  “And now, O Lord, what do I wait for?
     My hope is in you.
8  Deliver me from all my transgressions.
     Do not make me the scorn of the fool.
9  I am silent; I do not open my mouth,
    for it is you who have done it.
10 Remove your stroke from me;
     I am worn down by the blows of your hand.

11 “You chastise mortals
     in punishment for sin,
   consuming like a moth what is dear to them;
     surely everyone is a mere breath.    Selah

12 “Hear my prayer, O Lord,
     and give ear to my cry;
     do not hold your peace at my tears.
   For I am your passing guest,
     an alien, like all my forebears.
13 Turn your gaze away from me, that I may smile again,
     before I depart and am no more.”

Ezekiel 17:1-10
The Two Eagles and the Vine
17:1 The word of the Lord came to me: 2 O mortal, propound a riddle, and speak an allegory to the house of Israel. 3 Say: Thus says the Lord God:

   A great eagle, with great wings and long pinions,
     rich in plumage of many colors,
     came to the Lebanon.
   He took the top of the cedar,
4    broke off its topmost shoot;
   he carried it to a land of trade,
     set it in a city of merchants.
5  Then he took a seed from the land,
     placed it in fertile soil;
   a plant by abundant waters,
     he set it like a willow twig.
6  It sprouted and became a vine
     spreading out, but low;
   its branches turned toward him,
     its roots remained where it stood.
   So it became a vine;
     it brought forth branches,
     put forth foliage.

7  There was another great eagle,
     with great wings and much plumage.
   And see! This vine stretched out
     its roots toward him;
   it shot out its branches toward him,
     so that he might water it.
   From the bed where it was planted
8    it was transplanted
   to good soil by abundant waters,
     so that it might produce branches
     and bear fruit
     and become a noble vine.

9 Say: Thus says the Lord God:

   Will it prosper?
   Will he not pull up its roots,
     cause its fruit to rot and wither,
     its fresh sprouting leaves to fade?
   No strong arm or mighty army will be needed
     to pull it from its roots.
10 When it is transplanted, will it thrive?
   When the east wind strikes it,
     will it not utterly wither,
     wither on the bed where it grew?

Romans 2:12-16
The Righteous Judgment of God (Cont.)
2:12 All who have sinned apart from the law will also perish apart from the law, and all who have sinned under the law will be judged by the law. 13 For it is not the hearers of the law who are righteous in God’s sight, but the doers of the law who will be justified. 14 When Gentiles, who do not possess the law, do instinctively what the law requires, these, though not having the law, are a law to themselves. 15 They show that what the law requires is written on their hearts, to which their own conscience also bears witness; and their conflicting thoughts will accuse or perhaps excuse them 16 on the day when, according to my gospel, God, through Jesus Christ, will judge the secret thoughts of all.

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

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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. www.commontexts.org
All who have sinned apart from the law will also perish apart from the law, and all who have sinned under the law will be judged by the law.

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