Wednesday, May 10, 2023

The Daily Lectionary for Wednesday, May 10, 2023


The Daily Lectionary
Wednesday, May 10, 2023
Psalm 102:1-17; Proverbs 3:13-18; John 8:31-38

(Revised Common Lectionary Year A)

A Psalm and A Prayer
Responsive Readings from the Psalms and Prayers
for Public Worship and Private Devotions
Psalm 102:1-17
Prayer for deliverance
Domine, exaudi

1 LORD, hear my prayer, and let my cry come before you; *
    hide not your face from me in the day of my trouble.

2 Incline your ear to me; *
    when I call, make haste to answer me,

3 For my days drift away like smoke, *
    and my bones are hot as burning coals.

4 My heart is smitten like grass and withered, *
    so that I forget to eat my bread.

5 Because of the voice of my groaning *
    I am but skin and bones.

6 I have become like a vulture in the wilderness, *
    like an owl among the ruins.

7 I lie awake and groan; *
    I am like a sparrow, lonely on a house-top.

8 My enemies revile me all day long, *
    and those who scoff at me have taken an oath against me.

9 For I have eaten ashes for bread *
    and mingled my drink with weeping.

10 Because of your indignation and wrath *
     you have lifted me up and thrown me away.

11 My days pass away like a shadow, *
     and I wither like the grass.

12 But you, O LORD, endure for ever, *
     and your Name from age to age.

13 You will arise and have compassion on Zion,
       for it is time to have mercy upon her; *
     indeed, the appointed time has come.

14 For your servants love her very rubble, *
     and are moved to pity even for her dust.

15 The nations shall fear your Name, O LORD, *
     and all the kings of the earth your glory.

16 For the LORD will build up Zion, *
     and his glory will appear.

17 He will look with favor on the prayer of the homeless; *
     he will not despise their plea.

Lord Jesus, in these days of uncertainty and trouble, we ask You for guidance, strength, and wisdom. We look forward to Your coming again to make all things right, according to Your precious promises. Come now, Lord Jesus. Fill us with Your Spirit. Give us insight to prepare for the future, even as we pray:
“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.”
Proverbs 3:13-18
God the truth and life

13 Blessed are those who find wisdom,
      those who gain understanding,

14 for she is more profitable than silver
      and yields better returns than gold.

15 She is more precious than rubies;
      nothing you desire can compare with her.

16 Long life is in her right hand;
      in her left hand are riches and honor.

17 Her ways are pleasant ways,
      and all her paths are peace.

18 She is a tree of life to those who take hold of her;
      those who hold her fast will be blessed.

John 8:31-38
Jesus the truth of God

8:31 To the Jews who had believed him, Jesus said, “If you hold to my teaching, you are really my disciples. 32 Then you will know the truth, and the truth will set you free.”

33 They answered him, “We are Abraham’s descendants and have never been slaves of anyone. How can you say that we shall be set free?”

34 Jesus replied, “Very truly I tell you, everyone who sins is a slave to sin. 35 Now a slave has no permanent place in the family, but a son belongs to it forever. 36 So if the Son sets you free, you will be free indeed. 37 I know that you are Abraham’s descendants. Yet you are looking for a way to kill me, because you have no room for my word. 38 I am telling you what I have seen in the Father’s presence, and you are doing what you have heard from your father.”

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.
The Daily Lectionary for Wednesday, May 10, 2023
Psalm 102:1-17; Proverbs 3:13-18; John 8:31-38

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