Wednesday, May 13, 2020

The Daily Lectionary for WEDNESDAY, May 13, 2020

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The Daily Lectionary
WEDNESDAY, May 13, 2020
Psalm 102:1-17; Proverbs 3:13-18; John 8:31-38
(Revised Common Lectionary Year A)

Prayer for deliverance
1  Hear my prayer, Lord;
     let my cry for help come to you.
2  Do not hide your face from me
     when I am in distress.
   Turn your ear to me;
     when I call, answer me quickly.

3  For my days vanish like smoke;
     my bones burn like glowing embers.
4  My heart is blighted and withered like grass;
     I forget to eat my food.
5  In my distress I groan aloud
     and am reduced to skin and bones.
6  I am like a desert owl,
     like an owl among the ruins.
7  I lie awake; I have become
     like a bird alone on a roof.
8  All day long my enemies taunt me;
     those who rail against me use my name as a curse.
9  For I eat ashes as my food
     and mingle my drink with tears
10 because of your great wrath,
     for you have taken me up and thrown me aside.
11 My days are like the evening shadow;
     I wither away like grass.

12 But you, Lord, sit enthroned forever;
     your renown endures through all generations.
13 You will arise and have compassion on Zion,
     for it is time to show favor to her;
     the appointed time has come.
14 For her stones are dear to your servants;
     her very dust moves them to pity.
15 The nations will fear the name of the Lord,
     all the kings of the earth will revere your glory.
16 For the Lord will rebuild Zion
     and appear in his glory.
17 He will respond to the prayer of the destitute;
     he will not despise their plea.

God the truth and life
13 Blessed are those who find wisdom,
     those who gain understanding,
14 for she is more profitable than silver
     and yields better returns than gold.
15 She is more precious than rubies;
     nothing you desire can compare with her.
16 Long life is in her right hand;
     in her left hand are riches and honor.
17 Her ways are pleasant ways,
     and all her paths are peace.
18 She is a tree of life to those who take hold of her;
     those who hold her fast will be blessed.

Jesus the truth of God
8:31 To the Jews who had believed him, Jesus said, “If you hold to my teaching, you are really my disciples. 32 Then you will know the truth, and the truth will set you free.”

33 They answered him, “We are Abraham’s descendants and have never been slaves of anyone. How can you say that we shall be set free?”

34 Jesus replied, “Very truly I tell you, everyone who sins is a slave to sin. 35 Now a slave has no permanent place in the family, but a son belongs to it forever. 36 So if the Son sets you free, you will be free indeed. 37 I know that you are Abraham’s descendants. Yet you are looking for a way to kill me, because you have no room for my word. 38 I am telling you what I have seen in the Father’s presence, and you are doing what you have heard from your father.”

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 WEDNESDAY, May 13, 2020
Psalm 102:1-17; Proverbs 3:13-18; John 8:31-38

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