Wednesday, January 29, 2020

The Daily Lectionary for WEDNESDAY, January 29, 2020
Psalm 27:7-14; Genesis 49:1-2, 8-13, 21-26; Luke 1:67-79

The Daily Lectionary
WEDNESDAY, January 29, 2020
(Revised Common Lectionary Year A)

Take courage in God
7  Hear my voice when I call, Lord;
     be merciful to me and answer me.
8  My heart says of you, “Seek his face!”
     Your face, Lord, I will seek.
9  Do not hide your face from me,
     do not turn your servant away in anger;
     you have been my helper.
   Do not reject me or forsake me,
     God my Savior.
10 Though my father and mother forsake me,
     the Lord will receive me.
11 Teach me your way, Lord;
     lead me in a straight path
     because of my oppressors.
12 Do not turn me over to the desire of my foes,
     for false witnesses rise up against me,
     spouting malicious accusations.

13 I remain confident of this:
     I will see the goodness of the Lord
     in the land of the living.
14 Wait for the Lord;
     be strong and take heart
     and wait for the Lord.

Judah Zebulun Naphtali and Joseph blessed
49:1 Then Jacob called for his sons and said: “Gather around so I can tell you what will happen to you in days to come.

2  “Assemble and listen, sons of Jacob;
     listen to your father Israel.

8  “Judah, your brothers will praise you;
     your hand will be on the neck of your enemies;
     your father’s sons will bow down to you.
9  You are a lion’s cub, Judah;
     you return from the prey, my son.
   Like a lion he crouches and lies down,
     like a lioness—who dares to rouse him?
10 The scepter will not depart from Judah,
     nor the ruler’s staff from between his feet,
   until he to whom it belongs shall come
     and the obedience of the nations shall be his.
11 He will tether his donkey to a vine,
     his colt to the choicest branch;
   he will wash his garments in wine,
     his robes in the blood of grapes.
12 His eyes will be darker than wine,
     his teeth whiter than milk.

13 “Zebulun will live by the seashore
     and become a haven for ships;
     his border will extend toward Sidon.

21 “Naphtali is a doe set free
     that bears beautiful fawns.

22 “Joseph is a fruitful vine,
     a fruitful vine near a spring,
     whose branches climb over a wall.
23 With bitterness archers attacked him;
     they shot at him with hostility.
24 But his bow remained steady,
     his strong arms stayed limber,
   because of the hand of the Mighty One of Jacob,
     because of the Shepherd, the Rock of Israel,
25 because of your father’s God, who helps you,
     because of the Almighty, who blesses you
   with blessings of the skies above,
     blessings of the deep springs below,
     blessings of the breast and womb.
26 Your father’s blessings are greater
     than the blessings of the ancient mountains,
     than the bounty of the age-old hills.
   Let all these rest on the head of Joseph,
     on the brow of the prince among his brothers.

Christ the light dawning
1:67 His father Zechariah was filled with the Holy Spirit and prophesied:

68 “Praise be to the Lord, the God of Israel,
     because he has come to his people and redeemed them.
69 He has raised up a horn of salvation for us
     in the house of his servant David
70 (as he said through his holy prophets of long ago),
71 salvation from our enemies
     and from the hand of all who hate us—
72 to show mercy to our ancestors
     and to remember his holy covenant,
73   the oath he swore to our father Abraham:
74 to rescue us from the hand of our enemies,
     and to enable us to serve him without fear
75   in holiness and righteousness before him all our days.

76 And you, my child, will be called a prophet of the
         Most High;
     for you will go on before the Lord to prepare the way
         for him,
77 to give his people the knowledge of salvation
     through the forgiveness of their sins,
78 because of the tender mercy of our God,
     by which the rising sun will come to us from heaven
79 to shine on those living in darkness
     and in the shadow of death,
   to guide our feet into the path of peace.”

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 29, 2020
Psalm 27:7-14; Genesis 49:1-2, 8-13, 21-26; Luke 1:67-79

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