Saturday 2 April 2022 DAILY LECTIONARY

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Saturday 2 April 2022

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Exodus 2:23-3:15

After a long time the king of Egypt died. The Israelites groaned under
their slavery, and cried out. Out of the slavery their cry for help
rose up to God. God heard their groaning, and God remembered his
covenant with Abraham, Isaac, and Jacob. God looked upon the
Israelites, and God took notice of them.
Moses was keeping the flock of his father-in-law Jethro, the priest of
Midian; he led his flock beyond the wilderness, and came to Horeb, the
mountain of God. There the angel of the Lord appeared to him in a
flame of fire out of a bush; he looked, and the bush was blazing, yet
it was not consumed. Then Moses said, ‘I must turn aside and look at
this great sight, and see why the bush is not burned up.’ When the
Lord saw that he had turned aside to see, God called to him out of the
bush, ‘Moses, Moses!’ And he said, ‘Here I am.’ Then he said,
‘Come no closer! Remove the sandals from your feet, for the place on
which you are standing is holy ground.’ He said further, ‘I am the
God of your father, the God of Abraham, the God of Isaac, and the God
of Jacob.’ And Moses hid his face, for he was afraid to look at God.

 Then the Lord said, ‘I have observed the misery of my people who
are in Egypt; I have heard their cry on account of their taskmasters.
Indeed, I know their sufferings, and I have come down to deliver them
from the Egyptians, and to bring them up out of that land to a good
and broad land, a land flowing with milk and honey, to the country of
the Canaanites, the Hittites, the Amorites, the Perizzites, the
Hivites, and the Jebusites. The cry of the Israelites has now come to
me; I have also seen how the Egyptians oppress them. So come, I will
send you to Pharaoh to bring my people, the Israelites, out of
Egypt.’ But Moses said to God, ‘Who am I that I should go to
Pharaoh, and bring the Israelites out of Egypt?’ He said, ‘I will
be with you; and this shall be the sign for you that it is I who sent
you: when you have brought the people out of Egypt, you shall worship
God on this mountain.’
 But Moses said to God, ‘If I come to the Israelites and say to
them, “The God of your ancestors has sent me to you”, and they ask
me, “What is his name?” what shall I say to them?’ God said to
Moses, ‘I am who I am.’* He said further, ‘Thus you shall say to
the Israelites, “I am has sent me to you.” ’ God also said to
Moses, ‘Thus you shall say to the Israelites, “The Lord,* the God
of your ancestors, the God of Abraham, the God of Isaac, and the God
of Jacob, has sent me to you”:
This is my name for ever,
and this my title for all generations.
1 Corinthians 13:1-13

If I speak in the tongues of mortals and of angels, but do not have
love, I am a noisy gong or a clanging cymbal. And if I have prophetic
powers, and understand all mysteries and all knowledge, and if I have
all faith, so as to remove mountains, but do not have love, I am
nothing. If I give away all my possessions, and if I hand over my body
so that I may boast,* but do not have love, I gain nothing.

 Love is patient; love is kind; love is not envious or boastful or
arrogant or rude. It does not insist on its own way; it is not
irritable or resentful; it does not rejoice in wrongdoing, but
rejoices in the truth. It bears all things, believes all things, hopes
all things, endures all things.

 Love never ends. But as for prophecies, they will come to an end; as
for tongues, they will cease; as for knowledge, it will come to an
end. For we know only in part, and we prophesy only in part; but when
the complete comes, the partial will come to an end. When I was a
child, I spoke like a child, I thought like a child, I reasoned like a
child; when I became an adult, I put an end to childish ways. For now
we see in a mirror, dimly,* but then we will see face to face. Now I
know only in part; then I will know fully, even as I have been fully
known. And now faith, hope, and love abide, these three; and the
greatest of these is love.
Mark 9:14-29

When they came to the disciples, they saw a great crowd around them,
and some scribes arguing with them. When the whole crowd saw him, they
were immediately overcome with awe, and they ran forward to greet him.
He asked them, ‘What are you arguing about with them?’ Someone
from the crowd answered him, ‘Teacher, I brought you my son; he has
a spirit that makes him unable to speak; and whenever it seizes him,
it dashes him down; and he foams and grinds his teeth and becomes
rigid; and I asked your disciples to cast it out, but they could not
do so.’ He answered them, ‘You faithless generation, how much
longer must I be among you? How much longer must I put up with you?
Bring him to me.’ And they brought the boy* to him. When the spirit
saw him, immediately it threw the boy* into convulsions, and he fell
on the ground and rolled about, foaming at the mouth. Jesus* asked the
father, ‘How long has this been happening to him?’ And he said,
‘From childhood. It has often cast him into the fire and into the
water, to destroy him; but if you are able to do anything, have pity
on us and help us.’ Jesus said to him, ‘If you are able!—All
things can be done for the one who believes.’ Immediately the father
of the child cried out,* ‘I believe; help my unbelief!’ When Jesus
saw that a crowd came running together, he rebuked the unclean spirit,
saying to it, ‘You spirit that keep this boy from speaking and
hearing, I command you, come out of him, and never enter him again!’
After crying out and convulsing him terribly, it came out, and the boy
was like a corpse, so that most of them said, ‘He is dead.’ But
Jesus took him by the hand and lifted him up, and he was able to
stand. When he had entered the house, his disciples asked him
privately, ‘Why could we not cast it out?’ He said to them,
‘This kind can come out only through prayer.’
Morning Psalms: Psalm 107:33-43, 108

Psalm 107:33-43

He turns rivers into a desert,
   springs of water into thirsty ground, 
a fruitful land into a salty waste,
   because of the wickedness of its inhabitants. 
He turns a desert into pools of water,
   a parched land into springs of water. 
And there he lets the hungry live,
   and they establish a town to live in; 
they sow fields, and plant vineyards,
   and get a fruitful yield. 
By his blessing they multiply greatly,
   and he does not let their cattle decrease. 

When they are diminished and brought low
   through oppression, trouble, and sorrow, 
he pours contempt on princes
   and makes them wander in trackless wastes; 
but he raises up the needy out of distress,
   and makes their families like flocks. 
The upright see it and are glad;
   and all wickedness stops its mouth. 
Let those who are wise give heed to these things,
   and consider the steadfast love of the Lord.

Psalm 108

My heart is steadfast, O God, my heart is steadfast;*
   I will sing and make melody.
   Awake, my soul!* 
Awake, O harp and lyre!
   I will awake the dawn. 
I will give thanks to you, O Lord, among the peoples,
   and I will sing praises to you among the nations. 
For your steadfast love is higher than the heavens,
   and your faithfulness reaches to the clouds. 

Be exalted, O God, above the heavens,
   and let your glory be over all the earth. 
Give victory with your right hand, and answer me,
   so that those whom you love may be rescued. 

God has promised in his sanctuary:*
   ‘With exultation I will divide up Shechem,
   and portion out the Vale of Succoth. 
Gilead is mine; Manasseh is mine;
   Ephraim is my helmet;
   Judah is my sceptre. 
Moab is my wash-basin;
   on Edom I hurl my shoe;
   over Philistia I shout in triumph.’ 

Who will bring me to the fortified city?
   Who will lead me to Edom? 
Have you not rejected us, O God?
   You do not go out, O God, with our armies. 
O grant us help against the foe,
   for human help is worthless. 
With God we shall do valiantly;
   it is he who will tread down our foes.
Evening Psalms: Psalm 33

Psalm 33

Rejoice in the Lord, O you righteous.
   Praise befits the upright. 
Praise the Lord with the lyre;
   make melody to him with the harp of ten strings. 
Sing to him a new song;
   play skilfully on the strings, with loud shouts. 

For the word of the Lord is upright,
   and all his work is done in faithfulness. 
He loves righteousness and justice;
   the earth is full of the steadfast love of the Lord. 

By the word of the Lord the heavens were made,
   and all their host by the breath of his mouth. 
He gathered the waters of the sea as in a bottle;
   he put the deeps in storehouses. 

Let all the earth fear the Lord;
   let all the inhabitants of the world stand in awe of him. 
For he spoke, and it came to be;
   he commanded, and it stood firm. 

The Lord brings the counsel of the nations to nothing;
   he frustrates the plans of the peoples. 
The counsel of the Lord stands for ever,
   the thoughts of his heart to all generations. 
Happy is the nation whose God is the Lord,
   the people whom he has chosen as his heritage. 

The Lord looks down from heaven;
   he sees all humankind. 
>From where he sits enthroned he watches
   all the inhabitants of the earth— 
he who fashions the hearts of them all,
   and observes all their deeds. 
A king is not saved by his great army;
   a warrior is not delivered by his great strength. 
The war horse is a vain hope for victory,
   and by its great might it cannot save. 

Truly the eye of the Lord is on those who fear him,
   on those who hope in his steadfast love, 
to deliver their soul from death,
   and to keep them alive in famine. 

Our soul waits for the Lord;
   he is our help and shield. 
Our heart is glad in him,
   because we trust in his holy name. 
Let your steadfast love, O Lord, be upon us,
   even as we hope in you.

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