Saturday, February 29, 2020

The Daily Lectionary for SATURDAY, February 29, 2020
Psalm 51; Isaiah 58:1-12; Matthew 18:1-7

The Daily Lectionary
SATURDAY, February 29, 2020
(Revised Common Lectionary Year A)

Create in me a clean heart
1  Have mercy on me, O God,
     according to your unfailing love;
   according to your great compassion
     blot out my transgressions.
2  Wash away all my iniquity
     and cleanse me from my sin.

3  For I know my transgressions,
     and my sin is always before me.
4  Against you, you only, have I sinned
     and done what is evil in your sight;
   so you are right in your verdict
     and justified when you judge.
5  Surely I was sinful at birth,
     sinful from the time my mother conceived me.
6  Yet you desired faithfulness even in the womb;
     you taught me wisdom in that secret place.

7  Cleanse me with hyssop, and I will be clean;
     wash me, and I will be whiter than snow.
8  Let me hear joy and gladness;
     let the bones you have crushed rejoice.
9  Hide your face from my sins
     and blot out all my iniquity.

10 Create in me a pure heart, O God,
     and renew a steadfast spirit within me.
11 Do not cast me from your presence
     or take your Holy Spirit from me.
12 Restore to me the joy of your salvation
     and grant me a willing spirit, to sustain me.

13 Then I will teach transgressors your ways,
     so that sinners will turn back to you.
14 Deliver me from the guilt of bloodshed, O God,
     you who are God my Savior,
     and my tongue will sing of your righteousness.
15 Open my lips, Lord,
     and my mouth will declare your praise.
16 You do not delight in sacrifice, or I would bring it;
     you do not take pleasure in burnt offerings.
17 My sacrifice, O God, is a broken spirit;
     a broken and contrite heart
     you, God, will not despise.

The fast that God chooses
1  “Shout it aloud, do not hold back.
     Raise your voice like a trumpet.
   Declare to my people their rebellion
     and to the descendants of Jacob their sins.
2  For day after day they seek me out;
     they seem eager to know my ways,
   as if they were a nation that does what is right
     and has not forsaken the commands of its God.
   They ask me for just decisions
     and seem eager for God to come near them.
3  ‘Why have we fasted,’ they say,
     ‘and you have not seen it?
   Why have we humbled ourselves,
     and you have not noticed?’

   “Yet on the day of your fasting, you do as you please
     and exploit all your workers.
4  Your fasting ends in quarreling and strife,
     and in striking each other with wicked fists.
   You cannot fast as you do today
     and expect your voice to be heard on high.
5  Is this the kind of fast I have chosen,
     only a day for people to humble themselves?
   Is it only for bowing one’s head like a reed
     and for lying in sackcloth and ashes?
   Is that what you call a fast,
     a day acceptable to the Lord?

6  “Is not this the kind of fasting I have chosen:
   to loose the chains of injustice
     and untie the cords of the yoke,
   to set the oppressed free
     and break every yoke?
7  Is it not to share your food with the hungry
     and to provide the poor wanderer with shelter—
   when you see the naked, to clothe them,
     and not to turn away from your own flesh and blood?
8  Then your light will break forth like the dawn,
     and your healing will quickly appear;
   then your righteousness will go before you,
     and the glory of the Lord will be your rear guard.
9  Then you will call, and the Lord will answer;
     you will cry for help, and he will say: Here am I.

   “If you do away with the yoke of oppression,
     with the pointing finger and malicious talk,
10 and if you spend yourselves in behalf of the hungry
     and satisfy the needs of the oppressed,
   then your light will rise in the darkness,
     and your night will become like the noonday.
11 The Lord will guide you always;
     he will satisfy your needs in a sun-scorched land
     and will strengthen your frame.
   You will be like a well-watered garden,
     like a spring whose waters never fail.
12 Your people will rebuild the ancient ruins
     and will raise up the age-old foundations;
   you will be called Repairer of Broken Walls,
     Restorer of Streets with Dwellings.

The humble one is the greatest
18:1 At that time the disciples came to Jesus and asked, “Who, then, is the greatest in the kingdom of heaven?”

2 He called a little child to him, and placed the child among them. 3 And he said: “Truly I tell you, unless you change and become like little children, you will never enter the kingdom of heaven. 4 Therefore, whoever takes the lowly position of this child is the greatest in the kingdom of heaven. 5 And whoever welcomes one such child in my name welcomes me.

6 “If anyone causes one of these little ones—those who believe in me—to stumble, it would be better for them to have a large millstone hung around their neck and to be drowned in the depths of the sea. 7 Woe to the world because of the things that cause people to stumble! Such things must come, but woe to the person through whom they come!

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 SATURDAY, February 29, 2020
Psalm 51; Isaiah 58:1-12; Matthew 18:1-7

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