Saturday, October 1, 2022

The Daily Bible Readings for Saturday, October 1, 2022

The Daily Bible Readings
Saturday, October 1, 2022
Lamentations 3:19-26; Lamentations 1:7-15; Matthew 20:29-34
(Revised Common Lectionary Year C)
(Semi-continuous Reading Plan)

Lamentations 3:19-26
19 The thought of my affliction and my homelessness
     is wormwood and gall!
20 My soul continually thinks of it
     and is bowed down within me.
21 But this I call to mind,
     and therefore I have hope:

22 The steadfast love of the Lord never ceases,
     his mercies never come to an end;
23 they are new every morning;
     great is your faithfulness.
24 “The Lord is my portion,” says my soul,
     “therefore I will hope in him.”

25 The Lord is good to those who wait for him,
     to the soul that seeks him.
26 It is good that one should wait quietly
     for the salvation of the Lord.

Lamentations 1:7-15
7  Jerusalem remembers,
     in the days of her affliction and wandering,
   all the precious things
     that were hers in days of old.
   When her people fell into the hand of the foe,
     and there was no one to help her,
   the foe looked on mocking
     over her downfall.

8  Jerusalem sinned grievously,
     so she has become a mockery;
   all who honored her despise her,
     for they have seen her nakedness;
   she herself groans,
     and turns her face away.

9  Her uncleanness was in her skirts;
     she took no thought of her future;
   her downfall was appalling,
     with none to comfort her.
   “O Lord, look at my affliction,
     for the enemy has triumphed!”

10 Enemies have stretched out their hands
     over all her precious things;
   she has even seen the nations
     invade her sanctuary,
   those whom you forbade
     to enter your congregation.

11 All her people groan
     as they search for bread;
   they trade their treasures for food
     to revive their strength.
   Look, O Lord, and see
     how worthless I have become.

12 Is it nothing to you, all you who pass by?
     Look and see
   if there is any sorrow like my sorrow,
     which was brought upon me,
   which the Lord inflicted
     on the day of his fierce anger.

13 From on high he sent fire;
     it went deep into my bones;
   he spread a net for my feet;
     he turned me back;
   he has left me stunned,
     faint all day long.

14 My transgressions were bound into a yoke;
     by his hand they were fastened together;
   they weigh on my neck,
     sapping my strength;
   the Lord handed me over
     to those whom I cannot withstand.

15 The Lord has rejected
     all my warriors in the midst of me;
   he proclaimed a time against me
     to crush my young men;
   the Lord has trodden as in a wine press
     the virgin daughter Judah.

Matthew 20:29-34
Jesus Heals Two Blind Men
20:29 As they were leaving Jericho, a large crowd followed him. 30 There were two blind men sitting by the roadside. When they heard that Jesus was passing by, they shouted, “Lord, have mercy on us, Son of David!” 31 The crowd sternly ordered them to be quiet; but they shouted even more loudly, “Have mercy on us, Lord, Son of David!” 32 Jesus stood still and called them, saying, “What do you want me to do for you?” 33 They said to him, “Lord, let our eyes be opened.” 34 Moved with compassion, Jesus touched their eyes. Immediately they regained their sight and followed him.

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 Daily Lectionary
Lamentations 3:19-26 (Great is your faithfulness); Lamentations 1:7-15 (Is it nothing to you who pass by?); Matthew 20:29-34 (Mercy on persistent blind men)

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