Wednesday, January 22, 2020

The Daily Lectionary for WEDNESDAY, January 22, 2020

Psalm 40:6-17 (Not sacrifice but divine mercy); Isaiah 48:12-21 (God saves the people through water); Matthew 9:14-17 (Christ the bridegroom the new wine)
Psalm 40:6-17; Isaiah 48:12-21; Matthew 9:14-17

The Daily Lectionary
WEDNESDAY, January 22, 2020
(Revised Common Lectionary Year A)

Not sacrifice but divine mercy
6  Sacrifice and offering you did not desire—
     but my ears you have opened—
     burnt offerings and sin offerings you did not require.
7  Then I said, “Here I am, I have come—
     it is written about me in the scroll.
8  I desire to do your will, my God;
     your law is within my heart.”

9  I proclaim your saving acts in the great assembly;
     I do not seal my lips, Lord,
     as you know.
10 I do not hide your righteousness in my heart;
     I speak of your faithfulness and your saving help.
   I do not conceal your love and your faithfulness
    from the great assembly.

11 Do not withhold your mercy from me, Lord;
     may your love and faithfulness always protect me.
12 For troubles without number surround me;
     my sins have overtaken me, and I cannot see.
   They are more than the hairs of my head,
     and my heart fails within me.
13 Be pleased to save me, Lord;
     come quickly, Lord, to help me.

14 May all who want to take my life
     be put to shame and confusion;
   may all who desire my ruin
     be turned back in disgrace.
15 May those who say to me, “Aha! Aha!”
     be appalled at their own shame.
16 But may all who seek you
     rejoice and be glad in you;
   may those who long for your saving help always say,
     “The Lord is great!”

17 But as for me, I am poor and needy;
     may the Lord think of me.
   You are my help and my deliverer;
     you are my God, do not delay.

God saves the people through water
12 “Listen to me, Jacob,
     Israel, whom I have called:
   I am he;
     I am the first and I am the last.
13 My own hand laid the foundations of the earth,
     and my right hand spread out the heavens;
   when I summon them,
     they all stand up together.

14 “Come together, all of you, and listen:
     Which of the idols has foretold these things?
   The Lord’s chosen ally
     will carry out his purpose against Babylon;
     his arm will be against the Babylonians.
15 I, even I, have spoken;
     yes, I have called him.
   I will bring him,
     and he will succeed in his mission.

16 “Come near me and listen to this:

   “From the first announcement I have not spoken
         in secret;
     at the time it happens, I am there.”

   And now the Sovereign Lord has sent me,
     endowed with his Spirit.

17 This is what the Lord says—
     your Redeemer, the Holy One of Israel:
   “I am the Lord your God,
     who teaches you what is best for you,
     who directs you in the way you should go.
18 If only you had paid attention to my commands,
     your peace would have been like a river,
     your well-being like the waves of the sea.
19 Your descendants would have been like the sand,
     your children like its numberless grains;
   their name would never be blotted out
     nor destroyed from before me.”

20 Leave Babylon,
     flee from the Babylonians!
   Announce this with shouts of joy
     and proclaim it.
   Send it out to the ends of the earth;
     say, “The Lord has redeemed his servant Jacob.”
21 They did not thirst when he led them through the deserts;
     he made water flow for them from the rock;
   he split the rock
     and water gushed out.

Christ the bridegroom the new wine
9:14 Then John’s disciples came and asked him, “How is it that we and the Pharisees fast often, but your disciples do not fast?”

15 Jesus answered, “How can the guests of the bridegroom mourn while he is with them? The time will come when the bridegroom will be taken from them; then they will fast.

16 “No one sews a patch of unshrunk cloth on an old garment, for the patch will pull away from the garment, making the tear worse. 17 Neither do people pour new wine into old wineskins. If they do, the skins will burst; the wine will run out and the wineskins will be ruined. No, they pour new wine into new wineskins, and both are preserved.”

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 A. Beginning with the first Sunday of Advent in 2020, we will be in Year B. The year which ended at Advent 2019 was Year C. 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 what they heard in worship. Revised Common Lectionary Daily Readings, copyright © 2005 Consultation on Common Texts.
The Daily Lectionary for WEDNESDAY, January 22, 2020
Psalm 40:6-17; Isaiah 48:12-21; Matthew 9:14-17

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