Tuesday, April 4, 2023

The Daily Lectionary for Tuesday, April 4, 2023 — Tuesday of Holy Week


The Daily Lectionary
Tuesday, April 4, 2023
Tuesday of Holy Week
Isaiah 49:1-7; Psalm 71:1-14;
1 Corinthians 1:18-31; John 12:20-36
(Revised Common Lectionary Year A)

Isaiah 49:1-7
The servant brings salvation to earth’s ends

1 Listen to me, you islands;
     hear this, you distant nations:
  Before I was born the Lord called me;
     from my mother’s womb he has spoken my name.

2 He made my mouth like a sharpened sword,
     in the shadow of his hand he hid me;
  he made me into a polished arrow
     and concealed me in his quiver.

3 He said to me, “You are my servant,
     Israel, in whom I will display my splendor.”

4 But I said, “I have labored in vain;
     I have spent my strength for nothing at all.
  Yet what is due me is in the Lord’s hand,
     and my reward is with my God.”

5 And now the Lord says—
     he who formed me in the womb to be his servant
  to bring Jacob back to him
     and gather Israel to himself,
  for I am honored in the eyes of the Lord
     and my God has been my strength—

6 he says:
  “It is too small a thing for you to be my servant
     to restore the tribes of Jacob
     and bring back those of Israel I have kept.
  I will also make you a light for the Gentiles,
     that my salvation may reach to the ends of the earth.”

7 This is what the Lord says—
     the Redeemer and Holy One of Israel—
  to him who was despised and abhorred by the nation,
     to the servant of rulers:
  “Kings will see you and stand up,
     princes will see and bow down,
  because of the Lord, who is faithful,
     the Holy One of Israel, who has chosen you.”

A Psalm and A Prayer
Responsive Readings from the Psalms and Prayers
for Public Worship and Private Devotions
Psalm 71:1-14
From my mother’s womb you have been my strength
In te, Domine, speravi

1 In you, O LORD, have I taken refuge; *
    let me never be ashamed.

2 In your righteousness, deliver me and set me free; *
    incline your ear to me and save me.

3 Be my strong rock, a castle to keep me safe; *
    you are my crag and my stronghold.

4 Deliver me, my God, from the hand of the wicked, *
    from of the clutches of the evildoer and the oppressor.

5 For you are my hope, O LORD God, *
    my confidence since I was young.

6 I have been sustained by you ever since I was born;
      from my mother’s womb you have been my strength; *
    my praise shall be always of you.

7 I have become a portent to many; *
    but you are my refuge and my strength.

8 Let my mouth be full of your praise *
    and your glory all the day long.

9 Do not cast me off in my old age; *
    forsake me not when my strength fails.

10 For my enemies are talking against me, *
    and those who lie in wait for my life take counsel together.

11 They say, “God has forsaken him;
      go after him and seize him; *
    because there is none who will save.”

12 O God, be not far from me; *
    come quickly to help me, O my God.

13 Let those who set themselves against me be put to shame and
      be disgraced; *
    let those who seek to do me evil be covered with scorn
      and reproach.

14 But I shall always wait in patience, *
    and shall praise you more and more.

O Lord, we trust in You and Your lovingkindness to save us from all of our enemies, those within and those without. Defend and protect our loved ones, and fill them with love and trust in You, even as we pray in the name of our Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ:
“Our Father who art in heaven, hallowed be thy name. Thy kingdom come. Thy will be done on earth as it is in heaven. Give us this day our daily bread, and forgive us our trespasses, as we forgive those who trespass against us, and lead us not into temptation, but deliver us from evil. For thine is the kingdom and the power, and the glory, forever and ever. Amen.”

1 Corinthians 1:18-31
The cross of Christ reveals God’s power and wisdom

1:18 For the message of the cross is foolishness to those who are perishing, but to us who are being saved it is the power of God. 19 For it is written:
   “I will destroy the wisdom of the wise;
      the intelligence of the intelligent I will frustrate.”

20 Where is the wise person? Where is the teacher of the law? Where is the philosopher of this age? Has not God made foolish the wisdom of the world? 21 For since in the wisdom of God the world through its wisdom did not know him, God was pleased through the foolishness of what was preached to save those who believe. 22 Jews demand signs and Greeks look for wisdom, 23 but we preach Christ crucified: a stumbling block to Jews and foolishness to Gentiles, 24 but to those whom God has called, both Jews and Greeks, Christ the power of God and the wisdom of God. 25 For the foolishness of God is wiser than human wisdom, and the weakness of God is stronger than human strength.

26 Brothers and sisters, think of what you were when you were called. Not many of you were wise by human standards; not many were influential; not many were of noble birth. 27 But God chose the foolish things of the world to shame the wise; God chose the weak things of the world to shame the strong. 28 God chose the lowly things of this world and the despised things—and the things that are not—to nullify the things that are, 29 so that no one may boast before him. 30 It is because of him that you are in Christ Jesus, who has become for us wisdom from God—that is, our righteousness, holiness and redemption. 31 Therefore, as it is written: “Let the one who boasts boast in the Lord.”

John 12:20-36
Jesus speaks of his death

12:20 Now there were some Greeks among those who went up to worship at the festival. 21 They came to Philip, who was from Bethsaida in Galilee, with a request. “Sir,” they said, “we would like to see Jesus.” 22 Philip went to tell Andrew; Andrew and Philip in turn told Jesus.

23 Jesus replied, “The hour has come for the Son of Man to be glorified. 24 Very truly I tell you, unless a kernel of wheat falls to the ground and dies, it remains only a single seed. But if it dies, it produces many seeds. 25 Anyone who loves their life will lose it, while anyone who hates their life in this world will keep it for eternal life. 26 Whoever serves me must follow me; and where I am, my servant also will be. My Father will honor the one who serves me.

27 “Now my soul is troubled, and what shall I say? ‘Father, save me from this hour’? No, it was for this very reason I came to this hour. 28 Father, glorify your name!”

Then a voice came from heaven, “I have glorified it, and will glorify it again.” 29 The crowd that was there and heard it said it had thundered; others said an angel had spoken to him.

30 Jesus said, “This voice was for your benefit, not mine. 31 Now is the time for judgment on this world; now the prince of this world will be driven out. 32 And I, when I am lifted up from the earth, will draw all people to myself.” 33 He said this to show the kind of death he was going to die.

34 The crowd spoke up, “We have heard from the Law that the Messiah will remain forever, so how can you say, ‘The Son of Man must be lifted up’? Who is this ‘Son of Man’?”

35 Then Jesus told them, “You are going to have the light just a little while longer. Walk while you have the light, before darkness overtakes you. Whoever walks in the dark does not know where they are going. 36 Believe in the light while you have the light, so that you may become children of light.” When he had finished speaking, Jesus left and hid himself from them.

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 Holy Bible, New International Version®, NIV® Copyright ©1973, 1978, 1984, 2011 by Biblica, Inc.® Used by permission. All rights reserved worldwide. Responsive Readings from the Common Book of Prayer (1789).

The Daily Lectionary is a three year cyclical lectionary. We are currently in Year A. Beginning with the first Sunday of Advent in 2023, we will be in Year B. The year which ended at Advent 2022 was Year A. 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
The Daily Lectionary for Tuesday, April 4, 2023
Tuesday of Holy Week
Isaiah 49:1-7; Psalm 71:1-14; 1 Corinthians 1:18-31; John 12:20-36

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