Saturday, February 8, 2020

The Daily Lectionary for SATURDAY, February 8, 2020
Psalm 112:1-9 [10]; Isaiah 29:13-16; Mark 7:1-8

The Daily Lectionary
SATURDAY, February 8, 2020
(Revised Common Lectionary Year A)

Light shines in the darkness
1  Praise the Lord.

   Blessed are those who fear the Lord,
     who find great delight in his commands.

2  Their children will be mighty in the land;
     the generation of the upright will be blessed.
3  Wealth and riches are in their houses,
     and their righteousness endures forever.
4  Even in darkness light dawns for the upright,
     for those who are gracious and compassionate and
5  Good will come to those who are generous and lend
     who conduct their affairs with justice.

6  Surely the righteous will never be shaken;
     they will be remembered forever.
7  They will have no fear of bad news;
     their hearts are steadfast, trusting in the Lord.
8  Their hearts are secure, they will have no fear;
     in the end they will look in triumph on their foes.
9  They have freely scattered their gifts to the poor,
     their righteousness endures forever;
     their horn will be lifted high in honor.

[10 The wicked will see and be vexed,
     they will gnash their teeth and waste away;
     the longings of the wicked will come to nothing.]

Hearts far from God
13 The Lord says:

   “These people come near to me with their mouth
     and honor me with their lips,
     but their hearts are far from me.
   Their worship of me
     is based on merely human rules they have been taught.
14 Therefore once more I will astound these people
     with wonder upon wonder;
   the wisdom of the wise will perish,
     the intelligence of the intelligent will vanish.”
15 Woe to those who go to great depths
     to hide their plans from the Lord,
   who do their work in darkness and think,
     “Who sees us? Who will know?”
16 You turn things upside down,
     as if the potter were thought to be like the clay!
   Shall what is formed say to the one who formed it,
     “You did not make me”?
   Can the pot say to the potter,
     “You know nothing”?

The hypocrisy of lip service
7:1 The Pharisees and some of the teachers of the law who had come from Jerusalem gathered around Jesus 2 and saw some of his disciples eating food with hands that were defiled, that is, unwashed. 3 (The Pharisees and all the Jews do not eat unless they give their hands a ceremonial washing, holding to the tradition of the elders. 4 When they come from the marketplace they do not eat unless they wash. And they observe many other traditions, such as the washing of cups, pitchers and kettles.)

5 So the Pharisees and teachers of the law asked Jesus, “Why don’t your disciples live according to the tradition of the elders instead of eating their food with defiled hands?”

6 He replied, “Isaiah was right when he prophesied about you hypocrites; as it is written:

   “‘These people honor me with their lips,
     but their hearts are far from me.
7  They worship me in vain;
     their teachings are merely human rules.’

8 You have let go of the commands of God and are holding on to human traditions.”

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 8, 2020
Psalm 112:1-9 [10]; Isaiah 29:13-16; Mark 7:1-8

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