Saturday, October 19, 2019

The Daily Lectionary for SATURDAY, October 19, 2019

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The Daily Lectionary
SATURDAY, October 19, 2019
(Revised Common Lectionary Year C)
(Semi-continuous Reading Plan)

(Your words sweeter than honey)
97  Oh, how I love your law!
      It is my meditation all day long.
98  Your commandment makes me wiser than my enemies,
      for it is always with me.
99  I have more understanding than all my teachers,
      for your decrees are my meditation.
100 I understand more than the aged,
      for I keep your precepts.
101 I hold back my feet from every evil way,
      in order to keep your word.
102 I do not turn away from your ordinances,
      for you have taught me.
103 How sweet are your words to my taste,
      sweeter than honey to my mouth!
104 Through your precepts I get understanding;
      therefore I hate every false way.


(Hope for Israel’s future)
15 Thus says the Lord:
   A voice is heard in Ramah,
     lamentation and bitter weeping.
   Rachel is weeping for her children;
     she refuses to be comforted for her children,
     because they are no more.
16 Thus says the Lord:
   Keep your voice from weeping,
     and your eyes from tears;
   for there is a reward for your work,
        says the Lord:
     they shall come back from the land of the enemy;
17 there is hope for your future,
        says the Lord:
     your children shall come back to their own country.

18 Indeed I heard Ephraim pleading:
   “You disciplined me, and I took the discipline;
     I was like a calf untrained.
   Bring me back, let me come back,
     for you are the Lord my God.
19 For after I had turned away I repented;
     and after I was discovered, I struck my thigh;
   I was ashamed, and I was dismayed
     because I bore the disgrace of my youth.”
20 Is Ephraim my dear son?
     Is he the child I delight in?
   As often as I speak against him,
     I still remember him.
   Therefore I am deeply moved for him;
     I will surely have mercy on him,
        says the Lord.

21 Set up road markers for yourself,
     make yourself signposts;
   consider well the highway,
     the road by which you went.
   Return, O virgin Israel,
     return to these your cities.
22 How long will you waver,
     O faithless daughter?
   For the Lord has created a new thing on the earth:
     a woman encompasses a man.

23 Thus says the Lord of hosts, the God of Israel: Once more they shall use these words in the land of Judah and in its towns when I restore their fortunes:

   “The Lord bless you, O abode of righteousness,
     O holy hill!”

24 And Judah and all its towns shall live there together, and the farmers and those who wander with their flocks.

25 I will satisfy the weary,
     and all who are faint I will replenish.

26 Thereupon I awoke and looked, and my sleep was pleasant to me.


(A man who would not be silenced)
The Healing of Blind Bartimaeus
10:46 They came to Jericho. As he and his disciples and a large crowd were leaving Jericho, Bartimaeus son of Timaeus, a blind beggar, was sitting by the roadside. 47 When he heard that it was Jesus of Nazareth, he began to shout out and say, “Jesus, Son of David, have mercy on me!” 48 Many sternly ordered him to be quiet, but he cried out even more loudly, “Son of David, have mercy on me!” 49 Jesus stood still and said, “Call him here.” And they called the blind man, saying to him, “Take heart; get up, he is calling you.” 50 So throwing off his cloak, he sprang up and came to Jesus. 51 Then Jesus said to him, “What do you want me to do for you?” The blind man said to him, “My teacher, let me see again.” 52 Jesus said to him, “Go; your faith has made you well.” Immediately he regained his sight and followed him on the way.

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. www.commontexts.org
The Daily Lectionary
Psalm 119:97-104; Jeremiah 31:15-26; Mark 10:46-52

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