Wednesday, July 15, 2020

The Daily Lectionary for WEDNESDAY, July 15, 2020

The Daily Lectionary
WEDNESDAY, July 15, 2020
Psalm 142; Obadiah 15-21; Matthew 13:10-17
(Revised Common Lectionary Year A)

God my refuge and portion
1  I cry aloud to the Lord;
     I lift up my voice to the Lord for mercy.
2  I pour out before him my complaint;
     before him I tell my trouble.

3  When my spirit grows faint within me,
     it is you who watch over my way.
   In the path where I walk
     people have hidden a snare for me.
4  Look and see, there is no one at my right hand;
     no one is concerned for me.
   I have no refuge;
     no one cares for my life.

5  I cry to you, Lord;
     I say, “You are my refuge,
     my portion in the land of the living.”

6  Listen to my cry,
     for I am in desperate need;
   rescue me from those who pursue me,
     for they are too strong for me.
7  Set me free from my prison,
     that I may praise your name.
   Then the righteous will gather about me
     because of your goodness to me.

Israel’s triumph at Edom’s expense
15 “The day of the Lord is near
     for all nations.
   As you have done, it will be done to you;
     your deeds will return upon your own head.
16 Just as you drank on my holy hill,
     so all the nations will drink continually;
   they will drink and drink
     and be as if they had never been.
17 But on Mount Zion will be deliverance;
     it will be holy,
     and Jacob will possess his inheritance.
18 Jacob will be a fire
     and Joseph a flame;
   Esau will be stubble,
     and they will set him on fire and destroy him.
   There will be no survivors
     from Esau.”
      The Lord has spoken.

19 People from the Negev will occupy
     the mountains of Esau,
   and people from the foothills will possess
     the land of the Philistines.
   They will occupy the fields of Ephraim and Samaria,
     and Benjamin will possess Gilead.
20 This company of Israelite exiles who are in Canaan
     will possess the land as far as Zarephath;
   the exiles from Jerusalem who are in Sepharad
     will possess the towns of the Negev.
21 Deliverers will go up on Mount Zion
     to govern the mountains of Esau.
     And the kingdom will be the Lord’s.

The purpose of parable
13:10 The disciples came to him and asked, “Why do you speak to the people in parables?”

11 He replied, “Because the knowledge of the secrets of the kingdom of heaven has been given to you, but not to them. 12 Whoever has will be given more, and they will have an abundance. Whoever does not have, even what they have will be taken from them. 13 This is why I speak to them in parables:

   “Though seeing, they do not see;
     though hearing, they do not hear or understand.

14 In them is fulfilled the prophecy of Isaiah:

   “‘You will be ever hearing but never understanding;
     you will be ever seeing but never perceiving.
15 For this people’s heart has become calloused;
     they hardly hear with their ears,
     and they have closed their eyes.
   Otherwise they might see with their eyes,
     hear with their ears,
     understand with their hearts
   and turn, and I would heal them.’

16 But blessed are your eyes because they see, and your ears because they hear. 17 For truly I tell you, many prophets and righteous people longed to see what you see but did not see it, and to hear what you hear but did not hear it.

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, July 15, 2020
Psalm 142; Obadiah 15-21; Matthew 13:10-17

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