Wednesday, March 27, 2019

The Daily Lectionary for WEDNESDAY, March 27, 2019

The Parable of the Mustard Seed
Luke 13:18-19

The Daily Lectionary
WEDNESDAY, March 27, 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.”

Numbers 13:17-27
13:17 Moses sent them to spy out the land of Canaan, and said to them, “Go up there into the Negeb, and go up into the hill country, 18 and see what the land is like, and whether the people who live in it are strong or weak, whether they are few or many, 19 and whether the land they live in is good or bad, and whether the towns that they live in are unwalled or fortified, 20 and whether the land is rich or poor, and whether there are trees in it or not. Be bold, and bring some of the fruit of the land.” Now it was the season of the first ripe grapes.

21 So they went up and spied out the land from the wilderness of Zin to Rehob, near Lebo-hamath. 22 They went up into the Negeb, and came to Hebron; and Ahiman, Sheshai, and Talmai, the Anakites, were there. (Hebron was built seven years before Zoan in Egypt.) 23 And they came to the Wadi Eshcol, and cut down from there a branch with a single cluster of grapes, and they carried it on a pole between two of them. They also brought some pomegranates and figs. 24 That place was called the Wadi Eshcol, because of the cluster that the Israelites cut down from there.

The Report of the Spies
25 At the end of forty days they returned from spying out the land. 26 And they came to Moses and Aaron and to all the congregation of the Israelites in the wilderness of Paran, at Kadesh; they brought back word to them and to all the congregation, and showed them the fruit of the land. 27 And they told him, “We came to the land to which you sent us; it flows with milk and honey, and this is its fruit.

Luke 13:18-21
The Parable of the Mustard Seed
13:18 He said therefore, “What is the kingdom of God like? And to what should I compare it? 19 It is like a mustard seed that someone took and sowed in the garden; it grew and became a tree, and the birds of the air made nests in its branches.”

The Parable of the Yeast
20 And again he said, “To what should I compare the kingdom of God? 21 It is like yeast that a woman took and mixed in with three measures of flour until all of it was leavened.”

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.
What is the kingdom of God like? And to what should I compare it?

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