Thursday, July 7, 2022

The Daily Lectionary for Thursday, July 7, 2022

Faith without Works Is Dead
James 2:14-26

The Daily Lectionary
Thursday, July 7, 2022
(Revised Common Lectionary Year C)
(Semi-continuous Reading Plan)

Psalm 82
A Plea for Justice
A Psalm of Asaph.
1  God has taken his place in the divine council;
     in the midst of the gods he holds judgment:
2  “How long will you judge unjustly
     and show partiality to the wicked?   Selah
3  Give justice to the weak and the orphan;
     maintain the right of the lowly and the destitute.
4  Rescue the weak and the needy;
     deliver them from the hand of the wicked.”

5  They have neither knowledge nor understanding,
     they walk around in darkness;
     all the foundations of the earth are shaken.

6  I say, “You are gods,
     children of the Most High, all of you;
7  nevertheless, you shall die like mortals,
     and fall like any prince.”

8  Rise up, O God, judge the earth;
     for all the nations belong to you!

Amos 1:1—2:3
1:1 The words of Amos, who was among the shepherds of Tekoa, which he saw concerning Israel in the days of King Uzziah of Judah and in the days of King Jeroboam son of Joash of Israel, two years before the earthquake.

Judgment on Israel’s Neighbors
2 And he said:

   The Lord roars from Zion,
    and utters his voice from Jerusalem;
   the pastures of the shepherds wither,
     and the top of Carmel dries up.

3  Thus says the Lord:
   For three transgressions of Damascus,
     and for four, I will not revoke the punishment;
   because they have threshed Gilead
     with threshing sledges of iron.
4  So I will send a fire on the house of Hazael,
     and it shall devour the strongholds of Ben-hadad.
5  I will break the gate bars of Damascus,
     and cut off the inhabitants from the Valley of Aven,
   and the one who holds the scepter from Beth-eden;
     and the people of Aram shall go into exile to Kir,
   says the Lord.

6  Thus says the Lord:
   For three transgressions of Gaza,
     and for four, I will not revoke the punishment;
   because they carried into exile entire communities,
     to hand them over to Edom.
7  So I will send a fire on the wall of Gaza,
     fire that shall devour its strongholds.
8  I will cut off the inhabitants from Ashdod,
     and the one who holds the scepter from Ashkelon;
   I will turn my hand against Ekron,
     and the remnant of the Philistines shall perish,
   says the Lord God.

9  Thus says the Lord:
   For three transgressions of Tyre,
     and for four, I will not revoke the punishment;
   because they delivered entire communities over to Edom,
     and did not remember the covenant of kinship.
10 So I will send a fire on the wall of Tyre,
     fire that shall devour its strongholds.

11 Thus says the Lord:
   For three transgressions of Edom,
     and for four, I will not revoke the punishment;
   because he pursued his brother with the sword
     and cast off all pity;
   he maintained his anger perpetually,
     and kept his wrath forever.
12 So I will send a fire on Teman,
     and it shall devour the strongholds of Bozrah.

13 Thus says the Lord:
   For three transgressions of the Ammonites,
     and for four, I will not revoke the punishment;
   because they have ripped open pregnant women in Gilead
     in order to enlarge their territory.
14 So I will kindle a fire against the wall of Rabbah,
     fire that shall devour its strongholds,
   with shouting on the day of battle,
     with a storm on the day of the whirlwind;
15 then their king shall go into exile,
     he and his officials together,
   says the Lord.

2:1 Thus says the Lord:
For three transgressions of Moab,
    and for four, I will not revoke the punishment;
because he burned to lime
    the bones of the king of Edom.
2 So I will send a fire on Moab,
    and it shall devour the strongholds of Kerioth,
and Moab shall die amid uproar,
    amid shouting and the sound of the trumpet;
3 I will cut off the ruler from its midst,
    and will kill all its officials with him,
   says the Lord.

James 2:14-26
Faith without Works Is Dead
2:14 What good is it, my brothers and sisters, if you say you have faith but do not have works? Can faith save you? 15 If a brother or sister is naked and lacks daily food, 16 and one of you says to them, “Go in peace; keep warm and eat your fill,” and yet you do not supply their bodily needs, what is the good of that? 17 So faith by itself, if it has no works, is dead.

18 But someone will say, “You have faith and I have works.” Show me your faith apart from your works, and I by my works will show you my faith. 19 You believe that God is one; you do well. Even the demons believe—and shudder. 20 Do you want to be shown, you senseless person, that faith apart from works is barren? 21 Was not our ancestor Abraham justified by works when he offered his son Isaac on the altar? 22 You see that faith was active along with his works, and faith was brought to completion by the works. 23 Thus the scripture was fulfilled that says, “Abraham believed God, and it was reckoned to him as righteousness,” and he was called the friend of God. 24 You see that a person is justified by works and not by faith alone. 25 Likewise, was not Rahab the prostitute also justified by works when she welcomed the messengers and sent them out by another road? 26 For just as the body without the spirit is dead, so faith without works is also dead.

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 C. Beginning with the first Sunday of Advent in 2022, we will be in Year A. The year which ended at Advent 2021 was Year B. 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 on what they heard in worship. Revised Common Lectionary Daily Readings, copyright © 2005 Consultation on Common Texts. www.commontexts.org
What good is it, my brothers and sisters, if you say you have faith but do not have works?

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