Sunday 13 February 2022 DAILY LECTIONARY

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Sunday 13 February 2022 

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Genesis 29:20-35

So Jacob served seven years for Rachel, and they seemed to him but a
few days because of the love he had for her.

 Then Jacob said to Laban, ‘Give me my wife that I may go in to
her, for my time is completed.’ So Laban gathered together all the
people of the place, and made a feast. But in the evening he took his
daughter Leah and brought her to Jacob; and he went in to her. (Laban
gave his maid Zilpah to his daughter Leah to be her maid.) When
morning came, it was Leah! And Jacob said to Laban, ‘What is this
you have done to me? Did I not serve with you for Rachel? Why then
have you deceived me?’ Laban said, ‘This is not done in our
country—giving the younger before the firstborn. Complete the week
of this one, and we will give you the other also in return for serving
me for another seven years.’ Jacob did so, and completed her week;
then Laban gave him his daughter Rachel as a wife. (Laban gave his
maid Bilhah to his daughter Rachel to be her maid.) So Jacob went in
to Rachel also, and he loved Rachel more than Leah. He served Laban*
for another seven years.

 When the Lord saw that Leah was unloved, he opened her womb; but
Rachel was barren. Leah conceived and bore a son, and she named him
Reuben;* for she said, ‘Because the Lord has looked on my
affliction; surely now my husband will love me.’ She conceived again
and bore a son, and said, ‘Because the Lord has heard* that I am
hated, he has given me this son also’; and she named him Simeon.
Again she conceived and bore a son, and said, ‘Now this time my
husband will be joined* to me, because I have borne him three sons’;
therefore he was named Levi. She conceived again and bore a son, and
said, ‘This time I will praise* the Lord’; therefore she named him
Judah; then she ceased bearing.
1 Timothy 3:14-4:10

I hope to come to you soon, but I am writing these instructions to you
so that, if I am delayed, you may know how one ought to behave in the
household of God, which is the church of the living God, the pillar
and bulwark of the truth. Without any doubt, the mystery of our
religion is great:
He* was revealed in flesh,
   vindicated* in spirit,*
     seen by angels,
proclaimed among Gentiles,
   believed in throughout the world,
     taken up in glory. 

Now the Spirit expressly says that in later* times some will renounce
the faith by paying attention to deceitful spirits and teachings of
demons, through the hypocrisy of liars whose consciences are seared
with a hot iron. They forbid marriage and demand abstinence from
foods, which God created to be received with thanksgiving by those who
believe and know the truth. For everything created by God is good, and
nothing is to be rejected, provided it is received with thanksgiving;
for it is sanctified by God’s word and by prayer.
 If you put these instructions before the brothers and sisters,* you
will be a good servant* of Christ Jesus, nourished on the words of the
faith and of the sound teaching that you have followed. Have nothing
to do with profane myths and old wives’ tales. Train yourself in
godliness, for, while physical training is of some value, godliness is
valuable in every way, holding promise for both the present life and
the life to come. The saying is sure and worthy of full acceptance.
For to this end we toil and struggle,* because we have our hope set on
the living God, who is the Saviour of all people, especially of those
who believe.
Mark 10:23-31

Then Jesus looked around and said to his disciples, ‘How hard it
will be for those who have wealth to enter the kingdom of God!’ And
the disciples were perplexed at these words. But Jesus said to them
again, ‘Children, how hard it is* to enter the kingdom of God! It is
easier for a camel to go through the eye of a needle than for someone
who is rich to enter the kingdom of God.’ They were greatly
astounded and said to one another,* ‘Then who can be saved?’ Jesus
looked at them and said, ‘For mortals it is impossible, but not for
God; for God all things are possible.’

 Peter began to say to him, ‘Look, we have left everything and
followed you.’ Jesus said, ‘Truly I tell you, there is no one who
has left house or brothers or sisters or mother or father or children
or fields, for my sake and for the sake of the good news,* who will
not receive a hundredfold now in this age—houses, brothers and
sisters, mothers and children, and fields, with persecutions—and in
the age to come eternal life. But many who are first will be last, and
the last will be first.’
Morning Psalms: Psalm 66, 67

Psalm 66

Make a joyful noise to God, all the earth; 
   sing the glory of his name;
   give to him glorious praise. 
Say to God, ‘How awesome are your deeds!
   Because of your great power, your enemies cringe before you. 
All the earth worships you;
   they sing praises to you,
   sing praises to your name.’

Come and see what God has done:
   he is awesome in his deeds among mortals. 
He turned the sea into dry land;
   they passed through the river on foot.
There we rejoiced in him, 
   who rules by his might for ever,
whose eyes keep watch on the nations—
   let the rebellious not exalt themselves.

Bless our God, O peoples,
   let the sound of his praise be heard, 
who has kept us among the living,
   and has not let our feet slip. 
For you, O God, have tested us;
   you have tried us as silver is tried. 
You brought us into the net;
   you laid burdens on our backs; 
you let people ride over our heads;
   we went through fire and through water;
yet you have brought us out to a spacious place.* 

I will come into your house with burnt-offerings;
   I will pay you my vows, 
those that my lips uttered
   and my mouth promised when I was in trouble. 
I will offer to you burnt-offerings of fatlings,
   with the smoke of the sacrifice of rams;
I will make an offering of bulls and goats.

Come and hear, all you who fear God,
   and I will tell what he has done for me. 
I cried aloud to him,
   and he was extolled with my tongue. 
If I had cherished iniquity in my heart,
   the Lord would not have listened. 
But truly God has listened;
   he has given heed to the words of my prayer. 

Blessed be God,
   because he has not rejected my prayer
   or removed his steadfast love from me.

Psalm 67

May God be gracious to us and bless us
   and make his face to shine upon us,
that your way may be known upon earth,
   your saving power among all nations. 
Let the peoples praise you, O God;
   let all the peoples praise you. 

Let the nations be glad and sing for joy,
   for you judge the peoples with equity
   and guide the nations upon earth.
Let the peoples praise you, O God;
   let all the peoples praise you. 

The earth has yielded its increase;
   God, our God, has blessed us. 
May God continue to bless us;
   let all the ends of the earth revere him.
Evening Psalms: Psalm 19, 46

Psalm 19

The heavens are telling the glory of God;
   and the firmament* proclaims his handiwork. 
Day to day pours forth speech,
   and night to night declares knowledge. 
There is no speech, nor are there words;
   their voice is not heard; 
yet their voice* goes out through all the earth,
   and their words to the end of the world. 

In the heavens* he has set a tent for the sun, 
which comes out like a bridegroom from his wedding canopy,
   and like a strong man runs its course with joy. 
Its rising is from the end of the heavens,
   and its circuit to the end of them;
   and nothing is hidden from its heat. 

The law of the Lord is perfect,
   reviving the soul;
the decrees of the Lord are sure,
   making wise the simple; 
the precepts of the Lord are right,
   rejoicing the heart;
the commandment of the Lord is clear,
   enlightening the eyes; 
the fear of the Lord is pure,
   enduring for ever;
the ordinances of the Lord are true
   and righteous altogether. 
More to be desired are they than gold,
   even much fine gold;
sweeter also than honey,
   and drippings of the honeycomb. 

Moreover by them is your servant warned;
   in keeping them there is great reward. 
But who can detect their errors?
   Clear me from hidden faults. 
Keep back your servant also from the insolent;*
   do not let them have dominion over me.
Then I shall be blameless,
   and innocent of great transgression. 

Let the words of my mouth and the meditation of my heart
   be acceptable to you,
   O Lord, my rock and my redeemer.

Psalm 46

God is our refuge and strength,
   a very present* help in trouble. 
Therefore we will not fear, though the earth should change,
   though the mountains shake in the heart of the sea; 
though its waters roar and foam,
   though the mountains tremble with its tumult.

There is a river whose streams make glad the city of God,
   the holy habitation of the Most High. 
God is in the midst of the city;* it shall not be moved;
   God will help it when the morning dawns. 
The nations are in an uproar, the kingdoms totter;
   he utters his voice, the earth melts. 
The Lord of hosts is with us;
   the God of Jacob is our refuge.*

Come, behold the works of the Lord;
   see what desolations he has brought on the earth. 
He makes wars cease to the end of the earth;
   he breaks the bow, and shatters the spear;
   he burns the shields with fire. 
‘Be still, and know that I am God!
   I am exalted among the nations,
   I am exalted in the earth.’ 
The Lord of hosts is with us;
   the God of Jacob is our refuge.*

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