Monday, April 1, 2019

The Daily Lectionary for MONDAY, April 1, 2019

The Rejoicing in Heaven

The Daily Lectionary
MONDAY, April 1, 2019
(Revised Common Lectionary Year C)

Psalm 53
Denunciation of Godlessness
To the leader: according to Mahalath. A Maskil of David.
1  Fools say in their hearts, “There is no God.”
     They are corrupt, they commit abominable acts;
     there is no one who does good.

2  God looks down from heaven on humankind
     to see if there are any who are wise,
     who seek after God.

3  They have all fallen away, they are all alike perverse;
     there is no one who does good,
     no, not one.

4  Have they no knowledge, those evildoers,
     who eat up my people as they eat bread,
     and do not call upon God?

5  There they shall be in great terror,
     in terror such as has not been.
   For God will scatter the bones of the ungodly;
     they will be put to shame, for God has rejected them.

6  O that deliverance for Israel would come from Zion!
     When God restores the fortunes of his people,
     Jacob will rejoice; Israel will be glad.

Leviticus 23:26-41
The Day of Atonement
23:26 The Lord spoke to Moses, saying: 27 Now, the tenth day of this seventh month is the day of atonement; it shall be a holy convocation for you: you shall deny yourselves and present the Lord’s offering by fire; 28 and you shall do no work during that entire day; for it is a day of atonement, to make atonement on your behalf before the Lord your God. 29 For anyone who does not practice self-denial during that entire day shall be cut off from the people. 30 And anyone who does any work during that entire day, such a one I will destroy from the midst of the people. 31 You shall do no work: it is a statute forever throughout your generations in all your settlements. 32 It shall be to you a sabbath of complete rest, and you shall deny yourselves; on the ninth day of the month at evening, from evening to evening you shall keep your sabbath.

The Festival of Booths
33 The Lord spoke to Moses, saying: 34 Speak to the people of Israel, saying: On the fifteenth day of this seventh month, and lasting seven days, there shall be the festival of booths to the Lord. 35 The first day shall be a holy convocation; you shall not work at your occupations. 36 Seven days you shall present the Lord’s offerings by fire; on the eighth day you shall observe a holy convocation and present the Lord’s offerings by fire; it is a solemn assembly; you shall not work at your occupations.

37 These are the appointed festivals of the Lord, which you shall celebrate as times of holy convocation, for presenting to the Lord offerings by fire—burnt offerings and grain offerings, sacrifices and drink offerings, each on its proper day— 38 apart from the sabbaths of the Lord, and apart from your gifts, and apart from all your votive offerings, and apart from all your freewill offerings, which you give to the Lord.

39 Now, the fifteenth day of the seventh month, when you have gathered in the produce of the land, you shall keep the festival of the Lord, lasting seven days; a complete rest on the first day, and a complete rest on the eighth day. 40 On the first day you shall take the fruit of majestic trees, branches of palm trees, boughs of leafy trees, and willows of the brook; and you shall rejoice before the Lord your God for seven days. 41 You shall keep it as a festival to the Lord seven days in the year; you shall keep it in the seventh month as a statute forever throughout your generations.

Revelation 19:1-8
The Rejoicing in Heaven
19:1 After this I heard what seemed to be the loud voice of a great multitude in heaven, saying,

   Salvation and glory and power to our God,
2    for his judgments are true and just;
   he has judged the great whore
     who corrupted the earth with her fornication,
   and he has avenged on her the blood of his servants.”

3 Once more they said,

   The smoke goes up from her forever and ever.”

4 And the twenty-four elders and the four living creatures fell down and worshiped God who is seated on the throne, saying,

   “Amen. Hallelujah!”

5 And from the throne came a voice saying,

   “Praise our God,
     all you his servants,
   and all who fear him,
     small and great.”

6 Then I heard what seemed to be the voice of a great multitude, like the sound of many waters and like the sound of mighty thunderpeals, crying out,

   For the Lord our God
     the Almighty reigns.
7  Let us rejoice and exult
     and give him the glory,
   for the marriage of the Lamb has come,
     and his bride has made herself ready;
8  to her it has been granted to be clothed
     with fine linen, bright and pure”—

for the fine linen is the righteous deeds of the saints.

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.
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