Tuesday 15 February 2022 DAILY LECTIONARY

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Tuesday 15 February 2022 

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Genesis 31:1-24

Now Jacob heard that the sons of Laban were saying, ‘Jacob has taken
all that was our father’s; he has gained all this wealth from what
belonged to our father.’ And Jacob saw that Laban did not regard him
as favourably as he did before. Then the Lord said to Jacob, ‘Return
to the land of your ancestors and to your kindred, and I will be with
you.’ So Jacob sent and called Rachel and Leah into the field where
his flock was, and said to them, ‘I see that your father does not
regard me as favourably as he did before. But the God of my father has
been with me. You know that I have served your father with all my
strength; yet your father has cheated me and changed my wages ten
times, but God did not permit him to harm me. If he said, “The
speckled shall be your wages”, then all the flock bore speckled; and
if he said, “The striped shall be your wages”, then all the flock
bore striped. Thus God has taken away the livestock of your father,
and given them to me.

 During the mating of the flock I once had a dream in which I looked
up and saw that the male goats that leaped upon the flock were
striped, speckled, and mottled. Then the angel of God said to me in
the dream, “Jacob,” and I said, “Here I am!” And he said,
“Look up and see that all the goats that leap on the flock are
striped, speckled, and mottled; for I have seen all that Laban is
doing to you. I am the God of Bethel,* where you anointed a pillar and
made a vow to me. Now leave this land at once and return to the land
of your birth.” ’ Then Rachel and Leah answered him, ‘Is there
any portion or inheritance left to us in our father’s house? Are we
not regarded by him as foreigners? For he has sold us, and he has been
using up the money given for us. All the property that God has taken
away from our father belongs to us and to our children; now then, do
whatever God has said to you.’

 So Jacob arose, and set his children and his wives on camels; and he
drove away all his livestock, all the property that he had gained, the
livestock in his possession that he had acquired in Paddan-aram, to go
to his father Isaac in the land of Canaan.

 Now Laban had gone to shear his sheep, and Rachel stole her
father’s household gods. And Jacob deceived Laban the Aramean, in
that he did not tell him that he intended to flee. So he fled with all
that he had; starting out he crossed the Euphrates,* and set his face
towards the hill country of Gilead.
 On the third day Laban was told that Jacob had fled. So he took his
kinsfolk with him and pursued him for seven days until he caught up
with him in the hill country of Gilead. But God came to Laban the
Aramean in a dream by night, and said to him, ‘Take heed that you
say not a word to Jacob, either good or bad.’
1 John 2:1-11

My little children, I am writing these things to you so that you may
not sin. But if anyone does sin, we have an advocate with the Father,
Jesus Christ the righteous; and he is the atoning sacrifice for our
sins, and not for ours only but also for the sins of the whole world.

 Now by this we may be sure that we know him, if we obey his
commandments. Whoever says, ‘I have come to know him’, but does
not obey his commandments, is a liar, and in such a person the truth
does not exist; but whoever obeys his word, truly in this person the
love of God has reached perfection. By this we may be sure that we are
in him: whoever says, ‘I abide in him’, ought to walk just as he
 Beloved, I am writing you no new commandment, but an old commandment
that you have had from the beginning; the old commandment is the word
that you have heard. Yet I am writing you a new commandment that is
true in him and in you, because* the darkness is passing away and the
true light is already shining. Whoever says, ‘I am in the light’,
while hating a brother or sister,* is still in the darkness. Whoever
loves a brother or sister* lives in the light, and in such a person*
there is no cause for stumbling. But whoever hates another believer*
is in the darkness, walks in the darkness, and does not know the way
to go, because the darkness has brought on blindness.
John 9:18-41

The Jews did not believe that he had been blind and had received his
sight until they called the parents of the man who had received his
sight and asked them, ‘Is this your son, who you say was born blind?
How then does he now see?’ His parents answered, ‘We know that
this is our son, and that he was born blind; but we do not know how it
is that now he sees, nor do we know who opened his eyes. Ask him; he
is of age. He will speak for himself.’ His parents said this because
they were afraid of the Jews; for the Jews had already agreed that
anyone who confessed Jesus* to be the Messiah* would be put out of the
synagogue. Therefore his parents said, ‘He is of age; ask him.’

 So for the second time they called the man who had been blind, and
they said to him, ‘Give glory to God! We know that this man is a
sinner.’ He answered, ‘I do not know whether he is a sinner. One
thing I do know, that though I was blind, now I see.’ They said to
him, ‘What did he do to you? How did he open your eyes?’ He
answered them, ‘I have told you already, and you would not listen.
Why do you want to hear it again? Do you also want to become his
disciples?’ Then they reviled him, saying, ‘You are his disciple,
but we are disciples of Moses. We know that God has spoken to Moses,
but as for this man, we do not know where he comes from.’ The man
answered, ‘Here is an astonishing thing! You do not know where he
comes from, and yet he opened my eyes. We know that God does not
listen to sinners, but he does listen to one who worships him and
obeys his will. Never since the world began has it been heard that
anyone opened the eyes of a person born blind. If this man were not
from God, he could do nothing.’ They answered him, ‘You were born
entirely in sins, and are you trying to teach us?’ And they drove
him out.
 Jesus heard that they had driven him out, and when he found him, he
said, ‘Do you believe in the Son of Man?’* He answered, ‘And who
is he, sir?* Tell me, so that I may believe in him.’ Jesus said to
him, ‘You have seen him, and the one speaking with you is he.’ He
said, ‘Lord,* I believe.’ And he worshipped him. Jesus said, ‘I
came into this world for judgement so that those who do not see may
see, and those who do see may become blind.’ Some of the Pharisees
near him heard this and said to him, ‘Surely we are not blind, are
we?’ Jesus said to them, ‘If you were blind, you would not have
sin. But now that you say, “We see”, your sin remains.
Morning Psalms: Psalm 97, 99

Psalm 97

The Lord is king! Let the earth rejoice;
   let the many coastlands be glad! 
Clouds and thick darkness are all around him;
   righteousness and justice are the foundation of his throne. 
Fire goes before him,
   and consumes his adversaries on every side. 
His lightnings light up the world;
   the earth sees and trembles. 
The mountains melt like wax before the Lord,
   before the Lord of all the earth. 

The heavens proclaim his righteousness;
   and all the peoples behold his glory. 
All worshippers of images are put to shame,
   those who make their boast in worthless idols;
   all gods bow down before him. 
Zion hears and is glad,
   and the towns* of Judah rejoice,
   because of your judgements, O God. 
For you, O Lord, are most high over all the earth;
   you are exalted far above all gods. 

The Lord loves those who hate* evil;
   he guards the lives of his faithful;
   he rescues them from the hand of the wicked. 
Light dawns* for the righteous,
   and joy for the upright in heart. 
Rejoice in the Lord, O you righteous,
   and give thanks to his holy name!

Psalm 99

The Lord is king; let the peoples tremble!
   He sits enthroned upon the cherubim; let the earth quake! 
The Lord is great in Zion;
   he is exalted over all the peoples. 
Let them praise your great and awesome name.
   Holy is he! 
Mighty King,* lover of justice,
   you have established equity;
you have executed justice
   and righteousness in Jacob. 
Extol the Lord our God;
   worship at his footstool.
   Holy is he! 

Moses and Aaron were among his priests,
   Samuel also was among those who called on his name.
   They cried to the Lord, and he answered them. 
He spoke to them in the pillar of cloud;
   they kept his decrees,
   and the statutes that he gave them. 

O Lord our God, you answered them;
   you were a forgiving God to them,
   but an avenger of their wrongdoings. 
Extol the Lord our God,
   and worship at his holy mountain;
   for the Lord our God is holy.
Evening Psalms: Psalm 94

Psalm 94

O Lord, you God of vengeance,
   you God of vengeance, shine forth! 
Rise up, O judge of the earth;
   give to the proud what they deserve! 
O Lord, how long shall the wicked,
   how long shall the wicked exult? 

They pour out their arrogant words;
   all the evildoers boast. 
They crush your people, O Lord,
   and afflict your heritage. 
They kill the widow and the stranger,
   they murder the orphan, 
and they say, ‘The Lord does not see;
   the God of Jacob does not perceive.’ 

Understand, O dullest of the people;
   fools, when will you be wise? 
He who planted the ear, does he not hear?
He who formed the eye, does he not see? 
He who disciplines the nations,
he who teaches knowledge to humankind,
   does he not chastise? 
The Lord knows our thoughts,*
   that they are but an empty breath. 

Happy are those whom you discipline, O Lord,
   and whom you teach out of your law, 
giving them respite from days of trouble,
   until a pit is dug for the wicked. 
For the Lord will not forsake his people;
   he will not abandon his heritage; 
for justice will return to the righteous,
   and all the upright in heart will follow it. 

Who rises up for me against the wicked?
   Who stands up for me against evildoers? 
If the Lord had not been my help,
   my soul would soon have lived in the land of silence. 
When I thought, ‘My foot is slipping’,
   your steadfast love, O Lord, held me up. 
When the cares of my heart are many,
   your consolations cheer my soul. 
Can wicked rulers be allied with you,
   those who contrive mischief by statute? 
They band together against the life of the righteous,
   and condemn the innocent to death. 
But the Lord has become my stronghold,
   and my God the rock of my refuge. 
He will repay them for their iniquity
   and wipe them out for their wickedness;
   the Lord our God will wipe them out.

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