Wednesday, February 19, 2020

The Daily Lectionary for WEDNESDAY, February 19, 2020
Psalm 119:9-16; Proverbs 2:1-15; Matthew 19:1-12

The Daily Lectionary
WEDNESDAY, February 19, 2020
(Revised Common Lectionary Year A)

I delight in the law
9  How can a young person stay on the path of purity?
     By living according to your word.
10 I seek you with all my heart;
     do not let me stray from your commands.
11 I have hidden your word in my heart
     that I might not sin against you.
12 Praise be to you, Lord;
     teach me your decrees.
13 With my lips I recount
     all the laws that come from your mouth.
14 I rejoice in following your statutes
     as one rejoices in great riches.
15 I meditate on your precepts
     and consider your ways.
16 I delight in your decrees;
     I will not neglect your word.

The way of wisdom
1  My son, if you accept my words
     and store up my commands within you,
2  turning your ear to wisdom
     and applying your heart to understanding—
3  indeed, if you call out for insight
     and cry aloud for understanding,
4  and if you look for it as for silver
     and search for it as for hidden treasure,
5  then you will understand the fear of the Lord
     and find the knowledge of God.
6  For the Lord gives wisdom;
     from his mouth come knowledge and understanding.
7  He holds success in store for the upright,
     he is a shield to those whose walk is blameless,
8  for he guards the course of the just
     and protects the way of his faithful ones.

9  Then you will understand what is right and just
     and fair—every good path.
10 For wisdom will enter your heart,
     and knowledge will be pleasant to your soul.
11 Discretion will protect you,
     and understanding will guard you.

12 Wisdom will save you from the ways of wicked men,
     from men whose words are perverse,
13 who have left the straight paths
     to walk in dark ways,
14 who delight in doing wrong
     and rejoice in the perverseness of evil,
15 whose paths are crooked
     and who are devious in their ways.

Jesus teaches about divorce
19:1 When Jesus had finished saying these things, he left Galilee and went into the region of Judea to the other side of the Jordan. 2 Large crowds followed him, and he healed them there.

3 Some Pharisees came to him to test him. They asked, “Is it lawful for a man to divorce his wife for any and every reason?”

4 “Haven’t you read,” he replied, “that at the beginning the Creator ‘made them male and female,’ 5 and said, ‘For this reason a man will leave his father and mother and be united to his wife, and the two will become one flesh’? 6 So they are no longer two, but one flesh. Therefore what God has joined together, let no one separate.”

7 “Why then,” they asked, “did Moses command that a man give his wife a certificate of divorce and send her away?”

8 Jesus replied, “Moses permitted you to divorce your wives because your hearts were hard. But it was not this way from the beginning. 9 I tell you that anyone who divorces his wife, except for sexual immorality, and marries another woman commits adultery.”

10 The disciples said to him, “If this is the situation between a husband and wife, it is better not to marry.”

11 Jesus replied, “Not everyone can accept this word, but only those to whom it has been given. 12 For there are eunuchs who were born that way, and there are eunuchs who have been made eunuchs by others—and there are those who choose to live like eunuchs for the sake of the kingdom of heaven. The one who can accept this should accept it.”

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, February 19, 2020
Psalm 119:9-16; Proverbs 2:1-15; Matthew 19:1-12

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