Friday, September 16, 2022

The Daily Lectionary for Friday, September 16, 2022

The Daily Lectionary
Friday, September 16, 2022
 Psalm 79:1-9; Jeremiah 8:1-13; Romans 8:31-39
(Revised Common Lectionary Year C)
(Semi-continuous Reading Plan)

Psalm 79:1-9
Plea for Mercy for Jerusalem
A Psalm of Asaph.
1  O God, the nations have come into your inheritance;
     they have defiled your holy temple;
     they have laid Jerusalem in ruins.
2  They have given the bodies of your servants
     to the birds of the air for food,
     the flesh of your faithful to the wild animals of
   the earth.
3  They have poured out their blood like water
     all around Jerusalem,
     and there was no one to bury them.
4  We have become a taunt to our neighbors,
     mocked and derided by those around us.

5  How long, O Lord? Will you be angry forever?
     Will your jealous wrath burn like fire?
6  Pour out your anger on the nations
     that do not know you,
   and on the kingdoms
     that do not call on your name.
7  For they have devoured Jacob
     and laid waste his habitation.

8  Do not remember against us the iniquities of our
     let your compassion come speedily to meet us,
     for we are brought very low.
9  Help us, O God of our salvation,
     for the glory of your name;
   deliver us, and forgive our sins,
     for your name’s sake.

Jeremiah 8:1-13
8:1 At that time, says the Lord, the bones of the kings of Judah, the bones of its officials, the bones of the priests, the bones of the prophets, and the bones of the inhabitants of Jerusalem shall be brought out of their tombs; 2 and they shall be spread before the sun and the moon and all the host of heaven, which they have loved and served, which they have followed, and which they have inquired of and worshiped; and they shall not be gathered or buried; they shall be like dung on the surface of the ground. 3 Death shall be preferred to life by all the remnant that remains of this evil family in all the places where I have driven them, says the Lord of hosts.

The Blind Perversity of the Whole Nation
4  You shall say to them, Thus says the Lord:
   When people fall, do they not get up again?
     If they go astray, do they not turn back?
5  Why then has this people turned away
     in perpetual backsliding?
   They have held fast to deceit,
     they have refused to return.
6  I have given heed and listened,
     but they do not speak honestly;
   no one repents of wickedness,
     saying, “What have I done!”
   All of them turn to their own course,
     like a horse plunging headlong into battle.
7  Even the stork in the heavens
     knows its times;
   and the turtledove, swallow, and crane
     observe the time of their coming;
   but my people do not know
     the ordinance of the Lord.

8  How can you say, “We are wise,
     and the law of the Lord is with us,”
   when, in fact, the false pen of the scribes
     has made it into a lie?
9  The wise shall be put to shame,
     they shall be dismayed and taken;
   since they have rejected the word of the Lord,
     what wisdom is in them?
10 Therefore I will give their wives to others
     and their fields to conquerors,
   because from the least to the greatest
     everyone is greedy for unjust gain;
   from prophet to priest
     everyone deals falsely.
11 They have treated the wound of my people carelessly,
     saying, “Peace, peace,”
     when there is no peace.
12 They acted shamefully, they committed abomination;
     yet they were not at all ashamed,
     they did not know how to blush.
   Therefore they shall fall among those who fall;
     at the time when I punish them, they shall be
       says the Lord.
13 When I wanted to gather them, says the Lord,
     there are no grapes on the vine,
     nor figs on the fig tree;
   even the leaves are withered,
     and what I gave them has passed away from them.

Romans 8:31-39
God’s Love in Christ Jesus
8:31 What then are we to say about these things? If God is for us, who is against us? 32 He who did not withhold his own Son, but gave him up for all of us, will he not with him also give us everything else? 33 Who will bring any charge against God’s elect? It is God who justifies. 34 Who is to condemn? It is Christ Jesus, who died, yes, who was raised, who is at the right hand of God, who indeed intercedes for us. 35 Who will separate us from the love of Christ? Will hardship, or distress, or persecution, or famine, or nakedness, or peril, or sword? 36 As it is written,

   “For your sake we are being killed all day long;
     we are accounted as sheep to be slaughtered.”

37 No, in all these things we are more than conquerors through him who loved us. 38 For I am convinced that neither death, nor life, nor angels, nor rulers, nor things present, nor things to come, nor powers, 39 nor height, nor depth, nor anything else in all creation, will be able to separate us from the love of God in Christ Jesus our Lord.

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.
The Spirit of God makes the love of God real to us. The Father is for us, the Son is for us, and the Spirit is for us. Nothing can separate us from His love. Is there any reason why we should not be “more than conquerors”?

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