Wednesday, April 22, 2020

The Daily Lectionary for WEDNESDAY, April 22, 2020

The Daily Lectionary
WEDNESDAY, April 22, 2020
(Revised Common Lectionary Year A)

God saves through water
1  When Israel came out of Egypt,
     Jacob from a people of foreign tongue,
2  Judah became God’s sanctuary,
     Israel his dominion.

3  The sea looked and fled,
     the Jordan turned back;
4  the mountains leaped like rams,
     the hills like lambs.

5  Why was it, sea, that you fled?
     Why, Jordan, did you turn back?
6  Why, mountains, did you leap like rams,
     you hills, like lambs?

7  Tremble, earth, at the presence of the Lord,
     at the presence of the God of Jacob,
8  who turned the rock into a pool,
     the hard rock into springs of water.

Jonah’s praise for deliverance
2:1 From inside the fish Jonah prayed to the Lord his God. 2 He said:

   “In my distress I called to the Lord,
     and he answered me.
   From deep in the realm of the dead I called for help,
     and you listened to my cry.
3  You hurled me into the depths,
     into the very heart of the seas,
     and the currents swirled about me;
   all your waves and breakers
     swept over me.
4  I said, ‘I have been banished
     from your sight;
   yet I will look again
     toward your holy temple.’
5  The engulfing waters threatened me,
     the deep surrounded me;
     seaweed was wrapped around my head.
6  To the roots of the mountains I sank down;
     the earth beneath barred me in forever.
   But you, Lord my God,
     brought my life up from the pit.

7  “When my life was ebbing away,
     I remembered you, Lord,
   and my prayer rose to you,
     to your holy temple.

8  “Those who cling to worthless idols
     turn away from God’s love for them.
9  But I, with shouts of grateful praise,
     will sacrifice to you.
   What I have vowed I will make good.
     I will say, ‘Salvation comes from the Lord.’”

10 And the Lord commanded the fish, and it vomited Jonah onto dry land.

Jesus speaks of the sign of Jonah
12:38 Then some of the Pharisees and teachers of the law said to him, “Teacher, we want to see a sign from you.”

39 He answered, “A wicked and adulterous generation asks for a sign! But none will be given it except the sign of the prophet Jonah. 40 For as Jonah was three days and three nights in the belly of a huge fish, so the Son of Man will be three days and three nights in the heart of the earth. 41 The men of Nineveh will stand up at the judgment with this generation and condemn it; for they repented at the preaching of Jonah, and now something greater than Jonah is here. 42 The Queen of the South will rise at the judgment with this generation and condemn it; for she came from the ends of the earth to listen to Solomon’s wisdom, and now something greater than Solomon is here.

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, April 22, 2020
Psalm 114; Jonah 2:1-10; Matthew 12:38-42

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