Thursday 14 July 2022 DAILY LECTIONARY

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Thursday 14 July 2022 

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Joshua 3:14-4:7

When the people set out from their tents to cross over the Jordan, the
priests bearing the ark of the covenant were in front of the people.
Now the Jordan overflows all its banks throughout the time of harvest.
So when those who bore the ark had come to the Jordan, and the feet of
the priests bearing the ark were dipped in the edge of the water, the
waters flowing from above stood still, rising up in a single heap far
off at Adam, the city that is beside Zarethan, while those flowing
towards the sea of the Arabah, the Dead Sea,* were wholly cut off.
Then the people crossed over opposite Jericho. While all Israel were
crossing over on dry ground, the priests who bore the ark of the
covenant of the Lord stood on dry ground in the middle of the Jordan,
until the entire nation finished crossing over the Jordan.
When the entire nation had finished crossing over the Jordan, the Lord
said to Joshua: ‘Select twelve men from the people, one from each
tribe, and command them, “Take twelve stones from here out of the
middle of the Jordan, from the place where the priests’ feet stood,
carry them over with you, and lay them down in the place where you
camp tonight.” ’ Then Joshua summoned the twelve men from the
Israelites, whom he had appointed, one from each tribe. Joshua said to
them, ‘Pass on before the ark of the Lord your God into the middle
of the Jordan, and each of you take up a stone on his shoulder, one
for each of the tribes of the Israelites, so that this may be a sign
among you. When your children ask in time to come, “What do those
stones mean to you?” then you shall tell them that the waters of the
Jordan were cut off in front of the ark of the covenant of the Lord.
When it crossed over the Jordan, the waters of the Jordan were cut
off. So these stones shall be to the Israelites a memorial for
Romans 12:1-8

I appeal to you therefore, brothers and sisters,* by the mercies of
God, to present your bodies as a living sacrifice, holy and acceptable
to God, which is your spiritual* worship. Do not be conformed to this
world,* but be transformed by the renewing of your minds, so that you
may discern what is the will of God—what is good and acceptable and

 For by the grace given to me I say to everyone among you not to
think of yourself more highly than you ought to think, but to think
with sober judgement, each according to the measure of faith that God
has assigned. For as in one body we have many members, and not all the
members have the same function, so we, who are many, are one body in
Christ, and individually we are members one of another. We have gifts
that differ according to the grace given to us: prophecy, in
proportion to faith; ministry, in ministering; the teacher, in
teaching; the exhorter, in exhortation; the giver, in generosity; the
leader, in diligence; the compassionate, in cheerfulness.
Matthew 26:1-16

When Jesus had finished saying all these things, he said to his
disciples, ‘You know that after two days the Passover is coming, and
the Son of Man will be handed over to be crucified.’

 Then the chief priests and the elders of the people gathered in the
palace of the high priest, who was called Caiaphas, and they conspired
to arrest Jesus by stealth and kill him. But they said, ‘Not during
the festival, or there may be a riot among the people.’
 Now while Jesus was at Bethany in the house of Simon the leper,* a
woman came to him with an alabaster jar of very costly ointment, and
she poured it on his head as he sat at the table. But when the
disciples saw it, they were angry and said, ‘Why this waste? For
this ointment could have been sold for a large sum, and the money
given to the poor.’ But Jesus, aware of this, said to them, ‘Why
do you trouble the woman? She has performed a good service for me. For
you always have the poor with you, but you will not always have me. By
pouring this ointment on my body she has prepared me for burial. Truly
I tell you, wherever this good news* is proclaimed in the whole world,
what she has done will be told in remembrance of her.’
 Then one of the twelve, who was called Judas Iscariot, went to the
chief priests and said, ‘What will you give me if I betray him to
you?’ They paid him thirty pieces of silver. And from that moment he
began to look for an opportunity to betray him.

Morning Psalms:  Psalm 37:1-18

Psalm 37:1-18

Do not fret because of the wicked;
   do not be envious of wrongdoers, 
for they will soon fade like the grass,
   and wither like the green herb. 

Trust in the Lord, and do good;
   so you will live in the land, and enjoy security. 
Take delight in the Lord,
   and he will give you the desires of your heart. 

Commit your way to the Lord;
   trust in him, and he will act. 
He will make your vindication shine like the light,
   and the justice of your cause like the noonday. 

Be still before the Lord, and wait patiently for him;
   do not fret over those who prosper in their way,
   over those who carry out evil devices. 

Refrain from anger, and forsake wrath.
   Do not fret—it leads only to evil. 
For the wicked shall be cut off,
   but those who wait for the Lord shall inherit the land. 

Yet a little while, and the wicked will be no more;
   though you look diligently for their place, they will not be
But the meek shall inherit the land,
   and delight in abundant prosperity. 

The wicked plot against the righteous,
   and gnash their teeth at them; 
but the Lord laughs at the wicked,
   for he sees that their day is coming. 

The wicked draw the sword and bend their bows
   to bring down the poor and needy,
   to kill those who walk uprightly; 
their sword shall enter their own heart,
   and their bows shall be broken. 

Better is a little that the righteous person has
   than the abundance of many wicked. 
For the arms of the wicked shall be broken,
   but the Lord upholds the righteous. 

The Lord knows the days of the blameless,
   and their heritage will abide for ever;
Evening Psalms:  Psalm 37:19-42

Psalm 37:19-42

they are not put to shame in evil times,
   in the days of famine they have abundance. 

But the wicked perish,
   and the enemies of the Lord are like the glory of the pastures;
   they vanish—like smoke they vanish away. 

The wicked borrow, and do not pay back,
   but the righteous are generous and keep giving; 
for those blessed by the Lord shall inherit the land,
   but those cursed by him shall be cut off. 

Our steps* are made firm by the Lord,
   when he delights in our* way; 
though we stumble,* we* shall not fall headlong,
   for the Lord holds us* by the hand. 

I have been young, and now am old,
   yet I have not seen the righteous forsaken
   or their children begging bread. 
They are ever giving liberally and lending,
   and their children become a blessing. 

Depart from evil, and do good;
   so you shall abide for ever. 
For the Lord loves justice;
   he will not forsake his faithful ones. 

The righteous shall be kept safe for ever,
   but the children of the wicked shall be cut off. 
The righteous shall inherit the land,
   and live in it for ever. 

The mouths of the righteous utter wisdom,
   and their tongues speak justice. 
The law of their God is in their hearts;
   their steps do not slip. 

The wicked watch for the righteous,
   and seek to kill them. 
The Lord will not abandon them to their power,
   or let them be condemned when they are brought to trial. 

Wait for the Lord, and keep to his way,
   and he will exalt you to inherit the land;
   you will look on the destruction of the wicked. 

I have seen the wicked oppressing,
   and towering like a cedar of Lebanon.* 
Again I* passed by, and they were no more;
   though I sought them, they could not be found. 

Mark the blameless, and behold the upright,
   for there is posterity for the peaceable. 
But transgressors shall be altogether destroyed;
   the posterity of the wicked shall be cut off. 

The salvation of the righteous is from the Lord;
   he is their refuge in the time of trouble. 
The Lord helps them and rescues them;
   he rescues them from the wicked, and saves them,
   because they take refuge in him.

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