Wednesday, July 20, 2022

The Daily Lectionary for Wednesday, July 20, 2022

The Daily Lectionary
Wednesday, July 20, 2022
 Psalm 119:17-32; Amos 9:5-15; John 6:41-51
(Revised Common Lectionary Year C)
(Semi-continuous Reading Plan)

Psalm 119:17-32
17 Deal bountifully with your servant,
     so that I may live and observe your word.
18 Open my eyes, so that I may behold
     wondrous things out of your law.
19 I live as an alien in the land;
     do not hide your commandments from me.
20 My soul is consumed with longing
     for your ordinances at all times.
21 You rebuke the insolent, accursed ones,
     who wander from your commandments;
22 take away from me their scorn and contempt,
     for I have kept your decrees.
23 Even though princes sit plotting against me,
     your servant will meditate on your statutes.
24 Your decrees are my delight,
     they are my counselors.

25 My soul clings to the dust;
     revive me according to your word.
26 When I told of my ways, you answered me;
     teach me your statutes.
27 Make me understand the way of your precepts,
     and I will meditate on your wondrous works.
28 My soul melts away for sorrow;
     strengthen me according to your word.
29 Put false ways far from me;
     and graciously teach me your law.
30 I have chosen the way of faithfulness;
     I set your ordinances before me.
31 I cling to your decrees, O Lord;
     let me not be put to shame.
32 I run the way of your commandments,
     for you enlarge my understanding.

Amos 9:5-15
9:5 The Lord, God of hosts,
   he who touches the earth and it melts,
     and all who live in it mourn,
   and all of it rises like the Nile,
     and sinks again, like the Nile of Egypt;
6  who builds his upper chambers in the heavens,
     and founds his vault upon the earth;
   who calls for the waters of the sea,
     and pours them out upon the surface of the earth—
   the Lord is his name.

7  Are you not like the Ethiopians to me,
     O people of Israel? says the Lord.
   Did I not bring Israel up from the land of Egypt,
     and the Philistines from Caphtor and the Arameans from Kir?
8  The eyes of the Lord God are upon the sinful kingdom,
     and I will destroy it from the face of the earth
     —except that I will not utterly destroy the house of Jacob,
   says the Lord.

9  For lo, I will command,
     and shake the house of Israel among all the nations
   as one shakes with a sieve,
     but no pebble shall fall to the ground.
10 All the sinners of my people shall die by the sword,
     who say, “Evil shall not overtake or meet us.”

The Restoration of David’s Kingdom
11 On that day I will raise up
     the booth of David that is fallen,
   and repair its breaches,
     and raise up its ruins,
     and rebuild it as in the days of old;
12 in order that they may possess the remnant of Edom
     and all the nations who are called by my name,
     says the Lord who does this.

13 The time is surely coming, says the Lord,
     when the one who plows shall overtake the one who reaps,
     and the treader of grapes the one who sows the seed;
   the mountains shall drip sweet wine,
     and all the hills shall flow with it.
14 I will restore the fortunes of my people Israel,
     and they shall rebuild the ruined cities and inhabit them;
   they shall plant vineyards and drink their wine,
     and they shall make gardens and eat their fruit.
15 I will plant them upon their land,
     and they shall never again be plucked up
     out of the land that I have given them,
   says the Lord your God.

John 6:41-51
6:41 Then the Jews began to complain about him because he said, “I am the bread that came down from heaven.” 42 They were saying, “Is not this Jesus, the son of Joseph, whose father and mother we know? How can he now say, ‘I have come down from heaven’?” 43 Jesus answered them, “Do not complain among yourselves. 44 No one can come to me unless drawn by the Father who sent me; and I will raise that person up on the last day. 45 It is written in the prophets, ‘And they shall all be taught by God.’ Everyone who has heard and learned from the Father comes to me. 46 Not that anyone has seen the Father except the one who is from God; he has seen the Father. 47 Very truly, I tell you, whoever believes has eternal life. 48 I am the bread of life. 49 Your ancestors ate the manna in the wilderness, and they died. 50 This is the bread that comes down from heaven, so that one may eat of it and not die. 51 I am the living bread that came down from heaven. Whoever eats of this bread will live forever; and the bread that I will give for the life of the world is my flesh.”

Optional parts of the readings are set off in [square brackets.]

The Bible texts of the Old Testament, Epistle and Gospel lessons are from the New Revised Standard Version Bible, copyright 1989 by the Division of Christian Education of the National Council of the Church of Christ in the USA, and used by permission.

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.
Jesus said, “I am the bread that came down from heaven.”

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