Thursday, June 18, 2020

The Daily Lectionary for THURSDAY, June 18, 2020

The Daily Lectionary
THURSDAY, June 18, 2020
Psalm 69:7-10 [11-15] 16-18; Jeremiah 18:12-17; Hebrews 2:5-9
(Revised Common Lectionary Year A)

Draw near to me
7  For I endure scorn for your sake,
     and shame covers my face.
8  I am a foreigner to my own family,
     a stranger to my own mother’s children;
9  for zeal for your house consumes me,
     and the insults of those who insult you fall on me.
10 When I weep and fast,
     I must endure scorn;
[11 when I put on sackcloth,
     people make sport of me.
12 Those who sit at the gate mock me,
     and I am the song of the drunkards.

13 But I pray to you, Lord,
     in the time of your favor;
   in your great love, O God,
     answer me with your sure salvation.
14 Rescue me from the mire,
     do not let me sink;
   deliver me from those who hate me,
     from the deep waters.
15 Do not let the floodwaters engulf me
     or the depths swallow me up
     or the pit close its mouth over me.]

16 Answer me, Lord, out of the goodness of your love;
     in your great mercy turn to me.
17 Do not hide your face from your servant;
     answer me quickly, for I am in trouble.
18 Come near and rescue me;
     deliver me because of my foes.

Israel’s stubborn idolatry
18:12 But they will reply, ‘It’s no use. We will continue with our own plans; we will all follow the stubbornness of our evil hearts.’”

13 Therefore this is what the Lord says:

   “Inquire among the nations:
     Who has ever heard anything like this?
   A most horrible thing has been done
     by Virgin Israel.
14 Does the snow of Lebanon
     ever vanish from its rocky slopes?
   Do its cool waters from distant sources
     ever stop flowing?
15 Yet my people have forgotten me;
     they burn incense to worthless idols,
   which made them stumble in their ways,
     in the ancient paths.
   They made them walk in byways,
     on roads not built up.
16 Their land will be an object of horror
     and of lasting scorn;
   all who pass by will be appalled
     and will shake their heads.
17 Like a wind from the east,
     I will scatter them before their enemies;
   I will show them my back and not my face
     in the day of their disaster.”

Exaltation through abasement
2:5 It is not to angels that he has subjected the world to come, about which we are speaking. 6 But there is a place where someone has testified:

   “What is mankind that you are mindful of them,
     a son of man that you care for him?
7  You made them a little lower than the angels;
     you crowned them with glory and honor
8    and put everything under their feet.”

In putting everything under them, God left nothing that is not subject to them. Yet at present we do not see everything subject to them. 9 But we do see Jesus, who was made lower than the angels for a little while, now crowned with glory and honor because he suffered death, so that by the grace of God he might taste death for everyone.

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 THURSDAY, June 18, 2020
Psalm 69:7-10 [11-15] 16-18; Jeremiah 18:12-17; Hebrews 2:5-9

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