Friday 27 April 2007 DAILY LECTIONARY

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Friday 27 April 2007 

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Daniel 6:1-15

It pleased Darius to set over the kingdom one hundred and twenty
satraps, stationed throughout the whole kingdom, and over them three
presidents, including Daniel; to these the satraps gave account, so
that the king might suffer no loss. Soon Daniel distinguished himself
above all the other presidents and satraps because an excellent spirit
was in him, and the king planned to appoint him over the whole kingdom.
So the presidents and the satraps tried to find grounds for complaint
against Daniel in connection with the kingdom. But they could find no
grounds for complaint or any corruption, because he was faithful, and
no negligence or corruption could be found in him. The men said, ‘We
shall not find any ground for complaint against this Daniel unless we
find it in connection with the law of his God.’

So the presidents and satraps conspired and came to the king and said to
him, ‘O King Darius, live for ever! All the presidents of the kingdom,
the prefects and the satraps, the counsellors and the governors, are
agreed that the king should establish an ordinance and enforce an
interdict, that whoever prays to anyone, divine or human, for thirty
days, except to you, O king, shall be thrown into a den of lions. Now,
O king, establish the interdict and sign the document, so that it
cannot be changed, according to the law of the Medes and the Persians,
which cannot be revoked.’ Therefore King Darius signed the document and

Although Daniel knew that the document had been signed, he continued to
go to his house, which had windows in its upper room open towards
Jerusalem, and to get down on his knees three times a day to pray to
his God and praise him, just as he had done previously. The
conspirators came and found Daniel praying and seeking mercy before his
God. Then they approached the king and said concerning the interdict, ‘O
king! Did you not sign an interdict, that anyone who prays to anyone,
divine or human, within thirty days except to you, O king, shall be
thrown into a den of lions?’ The king answered, ‘The thing stands fast,
according to the law of the Medes and Persians, which cannot be
revoked.’ Then they responded to the king, ‘Daniel, one of the exiles
from Judah, pays no attention to you, O king, or to the interdict you
have signed, but he is saying his prayers three times a day.’

When the king heard the charge, he was very much distressed. He was
determined to save Daniel, and until the sun went down he made every
effort to rescue him. Then the conspirators came to the king and said
to him, ‘Know, O king, that it is a law of the Medes and Persians that
no interdict or ordinance that the king establishes can be changed.’
2 John 1-13

The elder to the elect lady and her children, whom I love in the truth,
and not only I but also all who know the truth, because of the truth
that abides in us and will be with us for ever:

Grace, mercy, and peace will be with us from God the Father and from
Jesus Christ, the Father’s Son, in truth and love.

I was overjoyed to find some of your children walking in the truth, just
as we have been commanded by the Father. But now, dear lady, I ask you,
not as though I were writing you a new commandment, but one we have had
from the beginning, let us love one another. And this is love, that we
walk according to his commandments; this is the commandment just as you
have heard it from the beginning—you must walk in it.

Many deceivers have gone out into the world, those who do not confess
that Jesus Christ has come in the flesh; any such person is the
deceiver and the antichrist! Be on your guard, so that you do not lose
what we have worked for, but may receive a full reward. Everyone who
does not abide in the teaching of Christ, but goes beyond it, does not
have God; whoever abides in the teaching has both the Father and the
Son. Do not receive into the house or welcome anyone who comes to you
and does not bring this teaching; for to welcome is to participate in
the evil deeds of such a person.

Although I have much to write to you, I would rather not use paper and
ink; instead I hope to come to you and talk with you face to face, so
that our joy may be complete.

The children of your elect sister send you their greetings.
Luke 5:12-26

Once, when he was in one of the cities, there was a man covered with
leprosy. When he saw Jesus, he bowed with his face to the ground and
begged him, ‘Lord, if you choose, you can make me clean.’ Then Jesus
stretched out his hand, touched him, and said, ‘I do choose. Be made
clean.’ Immediately the leprosy left him. And he ordered him to tell no
one. ‘Go’, he said, ‘and show yourself to the priest, and, as Moses
commanded, make an offering for your cleansing, for a testimony to
them.’ But now more than ever the word about Jesus spread abroad; many
crowds would gather to hear him and to be cured of their diseases. But
he would withdraw to deserted places and pray.

One day, while he was teaching, Pharisees and teachers of the law were
sitting nearby (they had come from every village of Galilee and Judea
and from Jerusalem); and the power of the Lord was with him to heal.
Just then some men came, carrying a paralysed man on a bed. They were
trying to bring him in and lay him before Jesus; but finding no way to
bring him in because of the crowd, they went up on the roof and let him
down with his bed through the tiles into the middle of the crowd in
front of Jesus. When he saw their faith, he said, ‘Friend, your sins
are forgiven you.’ Then the scribes and the Pharisees began to
question, ‘Who is this who is speaking blasphemies? Who can forgive
sins but God alone?’ When Jesus perceived their questionings, he
answered them, ‘Why do you raise such questions in your hearts? Which
is easier, to say, “Your sins are forgiven you”, or to say, “Stand up
and walk”? But so that you may know that the Son of Man has authority
on earth to forgive sins’—he said to the one who was paralysed—‘I say
to you, stand up and take your bed and go to your home.’ Immediately he
stood up before them, took what he had been lying on, and went to his
home, glorifying God. Amazement seized all of them, and they glorified
God and were filled with awe, saying, ‘We have seen strange things
Morning Psalms:  Psalm 105:1-22

Psalm 105:1-22

O give thanks to the Lord, call on his name,
   make known his deeds among the peoples. 
Sing to him, sing praises to him;
   tell of all his wonderful works. 
Glory in his holy name;
   let the hearts of those who seek the Lord rejoice. 
Seek the Lord and his strength;
   seek his presence continually. 
Remember the wonderful works he has done,
   his miracles, and the judgements he has uttered, 
O offspring of his servant Abraham,
   children of Jacob, his chosen ones. 

He is the Lord our God;
   his judgements are in all the earth. 
He is mindful of his covenant for ever,
   of the word that he commanded, for a thousand generations, 
the covenant that he made with Abraham,
   his sworn promise to Isaac, 
which he confirmed to Jacob as a statute,
   to Israel as an everlasting covenant, 
saying, ‘To you I will give the land of Canaan
   as your portion for an inheritance.’ 

When they were few in number,
   of little account, and strangers in it, 
wandering from nation to nation,
   from one kingdom to another people, 
he allowed no one to oppress them;
   he rebuked kings on their account, 
saying, ‘Do not touch my anointed ones;
   do my prophets no harm.’ 

When he summoned famine against the land,
   and broke every staff of bread, 
he had sent a man ahead of them,
   Joseph, who was sold as a slave. 
His feet were hurt with fetters,
   his neck was put in a collar of iron; 
until what he had said came to pass,
   the word of the Lord kept testing him. 
The king sent and released him;
   the ruler of the peoples set him free. 
He made him lord of his house,
   and ruler of all his possessions, 
to instruct his officials at his pleasure,
   and to teach his elders wisdom.
Evening Psalms: Psalm 105:23-45

Psalm 105:23-45

Then Israel came to Egypt;
   Jacob lived as an alien in the land of Ham. 
And the Lord made his people very fruitful,
   and made them stronger than their foes, 
whose hearts he then turned to hate his people,
   to deal craftily with his servants. 

He sent his servant Moses,
   and Aaron whom he had chosen. 
They performed his signs among them,
   and miracles in the land of Ham. 
He sent darkness, and made the land dark;
   they rebelled against his words. 
He turned their waters into blood,
   and caused their fish to die. 
Their land swarmed with frogs,
   even in the chambers of their kings. 
He spoke, and there came swarms of flies,
   and gnats throughout their country. 
He gave them hail for rain,
   and lightning that flashed through their land. 
He struck their vines and fig trees,
   and shattered the trees of their country. 
He spoke, and the locusts came,
   and young locusts without number; 
they devoured all the vegetation in their land,
   and ate up the fruit of their ground. 
He struck down all the firstborn in their land,
   the first issue of all their strength. 

Then he brought Israel out with silver and gold,
   and there was no one among their tribes who stumbled. 
Egypt was glad when they departed,
   for dread of them had fallen upon it. 
He spread a cloud for a covering,
   and fire to give light by night. 
They asked, and he brought quails,
   and gave them food from heaven in abundance. 
He opened the rock, and water gushed out;
   it flowed through the desert like a river. 
For he remembered his holy promise,
   and Abraham, his servant. 

So he brought his people out with joy,
   his chosen ones with singing. 
He gave them the lands of the nations,
   and they took possession of the wealth of the peoples, 
that they might keep his statutes
   and observe his laws.
Praise the Lord!

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