Tuesday, March 24, 2020

The Daily Lectionary for TUESDAY, March 24, 2020

Psalm 146; Isaiah 42:14-21; Colossians 1:9-14

The Daily Lectionary
TUESDAY, March 24, 2020
(Revised Common Lectionary Year A)

God opens the eyes of the blind
1  Praise the Lord.

   Praise the Lord, my soul.

2  I will praise the Lord all my life;
     I will sing praise to my God as long as I live.
3  Do not put your trust in princes,
     in human beings, who cannot save.
4  When their spirit departs, they return to the ground;
     on that very day their plans come to nothing.
5  Blessed are those whose help is the God of Jacob,
     whose hope is in the Lord their God.

6  He is the Maker of heaven and earth,
     the sea, and everything in them—
     he remains faithful forever.
7  He upholds the cause of the oppressed
     and gives food to the hungry.
   The Lord sets prisoners free,
8    the Lord gives sight to the blind,
   the Lord lifts up those who are bowed down,
     the Lord loves the righteous.
9  The Lord watches over the foreigner
     and sustains the fatherless and the widow,
     but he frustrates the ways of the wicked.

10 The Lord reigns forever,
     your God, O Zion, for all generations.

   Praise the Lord.

God will heal the blind
14 “For a long time I have kept silent,
     I have been quiet and held myself back.
   But now, like a woman in childbirth,
     I cry out, I gasp and pant.
15 I will lay waste the mountains and hills
     and dry up all their vegetation;
   I will turn rivers into islands
     and dry up the pools.
16 I will lead the blind by ways they have not known,
     along unfamiliar paths I will guide them;
   I will turn the darkness into light before them
     and make the rough places smooth.
   These are the things I will do;
     I will not forsake them.
17 But those who trust in idols,
     who say to images, ‘You are our gods,’
     will be turned back in utter shame.

18 “Hear, you deaf;
     look, you blind, and see!
19 Who is blind but my servant,
     and deaf like the messenger I send?
   Who is blind like the one in covenant with me,
     blind like the servant of the Lord?
20 You have seen many things, but you pay no attention;
     your ears are open, but you do not listen.”
21 It pleased the Lord
     for the sake of his righteousness
     to make his law great and glorious.

The inheritance of the saints in light
1:9 For this reason, since the day we heard about you, we have not stopped praying for you. We continually ask God to fill you with the knowledge of his will through all the wisdom and understanding that the Spirit gives, 10 so that you may live a life worthy of the Lord and please him in every way: bearing fruit in every good work, growing in the knowledge of God, 11 being strengthened with all power according to his glorious might so that you may have great endurance and patience, 12 and giving joyful thanks to the Father, who has qualified you to share in the inheritance of his holy people in the kingdom of light. 13 For he has rescued us from the dominion of darkness and brought us into the kingdom of the Son he loves, 14 in whom we have redemption, the forgiveness of sins.

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. www.commontexts.org
The Daily Lectionary for TUESDAY, March 24, 2020
Psalm 146; Isaiah 42:14-21; Colossians 1:9-14

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