Friday, March 6, 2020

The Daily Lectionary for FRIDAY, March 6, 2020
Psalm 121; Micah 7:18-20; Romans 3:21-31

The Daily Lectionary
FRIDAY, March 6, 2020
(Revised Common Lectionary Year A)

The Lord watches over you
1  I lift up my eyes to the mountains—
     where does my help come from?
2  My help comes from the Lord,
     the Maker of heaven and earth.

3  He will not let your foot slip—
     he who watches over you will not slumber;
4  indeed, he who watches over Israel
     will neither slumber nor sleep.

5  The Lord watches over you—
     the Lord is your shade at your right hand;
6  the sun will not harm you by day,
     nor the moon by night.

7  The Lord will keep you from all harm—
     he will watch over your life;
8  the Lord will watch over your coming and going
     both now and forevermore.

God’s faithfulness
18 Who is a God like you,
     who pardons sin and forgives the transgression
     of the remnant of his inheritance?
   You do not stay angry forever
     but delight to show mercy.
19 You will again have compassion on us;
     you will tread our sins underfoot
     and hurl all our iniquities into the depths of the sea.
20 You will be faithful to Jacob,
     and show love to Abraham,
   as you pledged on oath to our ancestors
     in days long ago.

Paul relates law and faith
3:21 But now apart from the law the righteousness of God has been made known, to which the Law and the Prophets testify. 22 This righteousness is given through faith in Jesus Christ to all who believe. There is no difference between Jew and Gentile, 23 for all have sinned and fall short of the glory of God, 24 and all are justified freely by his grace through the redemption that came by Christ Jesus. 25 God presented Christ as a sacrifice of atonement, through the shedding of his blood—to be received by faith. He did this to demonstrate his righteousness, because in his forbearance he had left the sins committed beforehand unpunished— 26 he did it to demonstrate his righteousness at the present time, so as to be just and the one who justifies those who have faith in Jesus.

27 Where, then, is boasting? It is excluded. Because of what law? The law that requires works? No, because of the law that requires faith. 28 For we maintain that a person is justified by faith apart from the works of the law. 29 Or is God the God of Jews only? Is he not the God of Gentiles too? Yes, of Gentiles too, 30 since there is only one God, who will justify the circumcised by faith and the uncircumcised through that same faith. 31 Do we, then, nullify the law by this faith? Not at all! Rather, we uphold the law.

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 FRIDAY, March 6, 2020
Psalm 121; Micah 7:18-20; Romans 3:21-31

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