Friday 9 May 2008 DAILY LECTIONARY

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Friday 9 May 2008  

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Jeremiah 31:27-34

The days are surely coming, says the Lord, when I will sow the house of
Israel and the house of Judah with the seed of humans and the seed of
animals. And just as I have watched over them to pluck up and break
down, to overthrow, destroy, and bring evil, so I will watch over them
to build and to plant, says the Lord. In those days they shall no longer
'The parents have eaten sour grapes,
   and the children's teeth are set on edge.' 
But all shall die for their own sins; the teeth of everyone who eats
sour grapes shall be set on edge.
 The days are surely coming, says the Lord, when I will make a new
covenant with the house of Israel and the house of Judah. It will not be
like the covenant that I made with their ancestors when I took them by
the hand to bring them out of the land of Egypt-a covenant that they
broke, though I was their husband,* says the Lord. But this is the
covenant that I will make with the house of Israel after those days,
says the Lord: I will put my law within them, and I will write it on
their hearts; and I will be their God, and they shall be my people. No
longer shall they teach one another, or say to each other, 'Know the
Lord', for they shall all know me, from the least of them to the
greatest, says the Lord; for I will forgive their iniquity, and remember
their sin no more.
Ephesians 5:1-20

Therefore be imitators of God, as beloved children, and live in love, as
Christ loved us* and gave himself up for us, a fragrant offering and
sacrifice to God.
 But fornication and impurity of any kind, or greed, must not even be
mentioned among you, as is proper among saints. Entirely out of place is
obscene, silly, and vulgar talk; but instead, let there be thanksgiving.
Be sure of this, that no fornicator or impure person, or one who is
greedy (that is, an idolater), has any inheritance in the kingdom of
Christ and of God.

 Let no one deceive you with empty words, for because of these things
the wrath of God comes on those who are disobedient. Therefore do not be
associated with them. For once you were darkness, but now in the Lord
you are light. Live as children of light- for the fruit of the light is
found in all that is good and right and true. Try to find out what is
pleasing to the Lord. Take no part in the unfruitful works of darkness,
but instead expose them. For it is shameful even to mention what such
people do secretly; but everything exposed by the light becomes visible,
for everything that becomes visible is light. Therefore it says,
'Sleeper, awake!
   Rise from the dead,
and Christ will shine on you.'

 Be careful then how you live, not as unwise people but as wise, making
the most of the time, because the days are evil. So do not be foolish,
but understand what the will of the Lord is. Do not get drunk with wine,
for that is debauchery; but be filled with the Spirit, as you sing
psalms and hymns and spiritual songs among yourselves, singing and
making melody to the Lord in your hearts, giving thanks to God the
Father at all times and for everything in the name of our Lord Jesus
Matthew 9:9-17

As Jesus was walking along, he saw a man called Matthew sitting at the
tax booth; and he said to him, 'Follow me.' And he got up and followed

 And as he sat at dinner* in the house, many tax-collectors and sinners
came and were sitting* with him and his disciples. When the Pharisees
saw this, they said to his disciples, 'Why does your teacher eat with
tax-collectors and sinners?' But when he heard this, he said, 'Those who
are well have no need of a physician, but those who are sick. Go and
learn what this means, "I desire mercy, not sacrifice." For I have come
to call not the righteous but sinners.'
 Then the disciples of John came to him, saying, 'Why do we and the
Pharisees fast often,* but your disciples do not fast?' And Jesus said
to them, 'The wedding-guests cannot mourn as long as the bridegroom is
with them, can they? The days will come when the bridegroom is taken
away from them, and then they will fast. No one sews a piece of unshrunk
cloth on an old cloak, for the patch pulls away from the cloak, and a
worse tear is made. Neither is new wine put into old wineskins;
otherwise, the skins burst, and the wine is spilled, and the skins are
destroyed; but new wine is put into fresh wineskins, and so both are
Morning Psalms:  Psalm 102

Psalm 102

Hear my prayer, O Lord;
   let my cry come to you. 
Do not hide your face from me
   on the day of my distress.
Incline your ear to me;
   answer me speedily on the day when I call. 

For my days pass away like smoke,
   and my bones burn like a furnace. 
My heart is stricken and withered like grass;
   I am too wasted to eat my bread. 
Because of my loud groaning
   my bones cling to my skin. 
I am like an owl of the wilderness,
   like a little owl of the waste places. 
I lie awake;
   I am like a lonely bird on the housetop. 
All day long my enemies taunt me;
   those who deride me use my name for a curse. 
For I eat ashes like bread,
   and mingle tears with my drink, 
because of your indignation and anger;
   for you have lifted me up and thrown me aside. 
My days are like an evening shadow;
   I wither away like grass. 

But you, O Lord, are enthroned for ever;
   your name endures to all generations. 
You will rise up and have compassion on Zion,
   for it is time to favour it;
   the appointed time has come. 
For your servants hold its stones dear,
   and have pity on its dust. 
The nations will fear the name of the Lord,
   and all the kings of the earth your glory. 
For the Lord will build up Zion;
   he will appear in his glory. 
He will regard the prayer of the destitute,
   and will not despise their prayer. 

Let this be recorded for a generation to come,
   so that a people yet unborn may praise the Lord: 
that he looked down from his holy height,
   from heaven the Lord looked at the earth, 
to hear the groans of the prisoners,
   to set free those who were doomed to die; 
so that the name of the Lord may be declared in Zion,
   and his praise in Jerusalem, 
when peoples gather together,
   and kingdoms, to worship the Lord. 

He has broken my strength in mid-course;
   he has shortened my days. 
'O my God,' I say, 'do not take me away
   at the mid-point of my life,
you whose years endure
   throughout all generations.' 

Long ago you laid the foundation of the earth,
   and the heavens are the work of your hands. 
They will perish, but you endure;
   they will all wear out like a garment.
You change them like clothing, and they pass away; 
   but you are the same, and your years have no end. 
The children of your servants shall live secure;
   their offspring shall be established in your presence.
Evening Psalms:  Psalm 107:1-32

Psalm 107:1-32

O give thanks to the Lord, for he is good;
   for his steadfast love endures for ever. 
Let the redeemed of the Lord say so,
   those he redeemed from trouble 
and gathered in from the lands,
   from the east and from the west,
   from the north and from the south.* 

Some wandered in desert wastes,
   finding no way to an inhabited town; 
hungry and thirsty,
   their soul fainted within them. 
Then they cried to the Lord in their trouble,
   and he delivered them from their distress; 
he led them by a straight way,
   until they reached an inhabited town. 
Let them thank the Lord for his steadfast love,
   for his wonderful works to humankind. 
For he satisfies the thirsty,
   and the hungry he fills with good things. 

Some sat in darkness and in gloom,
   prisoners in misery and in irons, 
for they had rebelled against the words of God,
   and spurned the counsel of the Most High. 
Their hearts were bowed down with hard labour;
   they fell down, with no one to help. 
Then they cried to the Lord in their trouble,
   and he saved them from their distress; 
he brought them out of darkness and gloom,
   and broke their bonds asunder. 
Let them thank the Lord for his steadfast love,
   for his wonderful works to humankind. 
For he shatters the doors of bronze,
   and cuts in two the bars of iron. 

Some were sick* through their sinful ways,
   and because of their iniquities endured affliction; 
they loathed any kind of food,
   and they drew near to the gates of death. 
Then they cried to the Lord in their trouble,
   and he saved them from their distress; 
he sent out his word and healed them,
   and delivered them from destruction. 
Let them thank the Lord for his steadfast love,
   for his wonderful works to humankind. 
And let them offer thanksgiving sacrifices,
   and tell of his deeds with songs of joy. 

Some went down to the sea in ships,
   doing business on the mighty waters; 
they saw the deeds of the Lord,
   his wondrous works in the deep. 
For he commanded and raised the stormy wind,
   which lifted up the waves of the sea. 
They mounted up to heaven, they went down to the depths;
   their courage melted away in their calamity; 
they reeled and staggered like drunkards,
   and were at their wits' end. 
Then they cried to the Lord in their trouble,
   and he brought them out from their distress; 
he made the storm be still,
   and the waves of the sea were hushed. 
Then they were glad because they had quiet,
   and he brought them to their desired haven. 
Let them thank the Lord for his steadfast love,
   for his wonderful works to humankind. 
Let them extol him in the congregation of the people,
   and praise him in the assembly of the elders.

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