Monday 6 June 2022 DAILY LECTIONARY

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Monday 6 June 2022

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Ecclesiastes 7:1-14

A good name is better than precious ointment,
   and the day of death, than the day of birth. 
It is better to go to the house of mourning
   than to go to the house of feasting;
for this is the end of everyone,
   and the living will lay it to heart. 
Sorrow is better than laughter,
   for by sadness of countenance the heart is made glad. 
The heart of the wise is in the house of mourning;
   but the heart of fools is in the house of mirth. 
It is better to hear the rebuke of the wise
   than to hear the song of fools. 
For like the crackling of thorns under a pot,
   so is the laughter of fools;
   this also is vanity. 
Surely oppression makes the wise foolish,
   and a bribe corrupts the heart. 
Better is the end of a thing than its beginning;
   the patient in spirit are better than the proud in spirit. 
Do not be quick to anger,
   for anger lodges in the bosom of fools. 
Do not say, ‘Why were the former days better than these?’
   For it is not from wisdom that you ask this. 
Wisdom is as good as an inheritance,
   an advantage to those who see the sun. 
For the protection of wisdom is like the protection of money,
   and the advantage of knowledge is that wisdom gives life to the
one who possesses it. 
Consider the work of God;
   who can make straight what he has made crooked?

 On the day of prosperity be joyful, and on the day of adversity
consider; God has made the one as well as the other, so that mortals
may not find out anything that will come after them.
Galatians 4:12-20

Friends,* I beg you, become as I am, for I also have become as you
are. You have done me no wrong. You know that it was because of a
physical infirmity that I first announced the gospel to you; though my
condition put you to the test, you did not scorn or despise me, but
welcomed me as an angel of God, as Christ Jesus. What has become of
the goodwill you felt? For I testify that, had it been possible, you
would have torn out your eyes and given them to me. Have I now become
your enemy by telling you the truth? They make much of you, but for no
good purpose; they want to exclude you, so that you may make much of
them. It is good to be made much of for a good purpose at all times,
and not only when I am present with you. My little children, for whom
I am again in the pain of childbirth until Christ is formed in you, I
wish I were present with you now and could change my tone, for I am
perplexed about you.
Matthew 15:21-28

Jesus left that place and went away to the district of Tyre and Sidon.
Just then a Canaanite woman from that region came out and started
shouting, ‘Have mercy on me, Lord, Son of David; my daughter is
tormented by a demon.’ But he did not answer her at all. And his
disciples came and urged him, saying, ‘Send her away, for she keeps
shouting after us.’ He answered, ‘I was sent only to the lost
sheep of the house of Israel.’ But she came and knelt before him,
saying, ‘Lord, help me.’ He answered, ‘It is not fair to take
the children’s food and throw it to the dogs.’ She said, ‘Yes,
Lord, yet even the dogs eat the crumbs that fall from their masters’
table.’ Then Jesus answered her, ‘Woman, great is your faith! Let
it be done for you as you wish.’ And her daughter was healed
Morning Psalms: Psalm 56, 57

Psalm 56

Be gracious to me, O God, for people trample on me;
   all day long foes oppress me; 
my enemies trample on me all day long,
   for many fight against me.
O Most High, when I am afraid,
   I put my trust in you. 
In God, whose word I praise,
   in God I trust; I am not afraid;
   what can flesh do to me? 

All day long they seek to injure my cause;
   all their thoughts are against me for evil. 
They stir up strife, they lurk,
   they watch my steps.
As they hoped to have my life, 
   so repay* them for their crime;
   in wrath cast down the peoples, O God! 

You have kept count of my tossings;
   put my tears in your bottle.
   Are they not in your record? 
Then my enemies will retreat
   on the day when I call.
   This I know, that* God is for me. 
In God, whose word I praise,
   in the Lord, whose word I praise, 
in God I trust; I am not afraid.
   What can a mere mortal do to me? 

My vows to you I must perform, O God;
   I will render thank-offerings to you. 
For you have delivered my soul from death,
   and my feet from falling,
so that I may walk before God
   in the light of life.

Psalm 57

Be merciful to me, O God, be merciful to me,
   for in you my soul takes refuge;
in the shadow of your wings I will take refuge,
   until the destroying storms pass by. 
I cry to God Most High,
   to God who fulfils his purpose for me. 
He will send from heaven and save me,
   he will put to shame those who trample on me.
God will send forth his steadfast love and his faithfulness. 

I lie down among lions
   that greedily devour* human prey;
their teeth are spears and arrows,
   their tongues sharp swords. 

Be exalted, O God, above the heavens.
   Let your glory be over all the earth. 

They set a net for my steps;
   my soul was bowed down.
They dug a pit in my path,
   but they have fallen into it themselves.
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;
   I will sing praises to you among the nations. 
For your steadfast love is as high as the heavens;
   your faithfulness extends to the clouds. 

Be exalted, O God, above the heavens.
   Let your glory be over all the earth.
Evening Psalms: Psalm 64, 65

Psalm 64

Hear my voice, O God, in my complaint;
   preserve my life from the dread enemy. 
Hide me from the secret plots of the wicked,
   from the scheming of evildoers, 
who whet their tongues like swords,
   who aim bitter words like arrows, 
shooting from ambush at the blameless;
   they shoot suddenly and without fear. 
They hold fast to their evil purpose;
   they talk of laying snares secretly,
thinking, ‘Who can see us?* 
   Who can search out our crimes?*
We have thought out a cunningly conceived plot.’
   For the human heart and mind are deep. 

But God will shoot his arrow at them;
   they will be wounded suddenly. 
Because of their tongue he will bring them to ruin;*
   all who see them will shake with horror. 
Then everyone will fear;
   they will tell what God has brought about,
   and ponder what he has done. 

Let the righteous rejoice in the Lord
   and take refuge in him.
Let all the upright in heart glory.

Psalm 65

Praise is due to you,
   O God, in Zion;
and to you shall vows be performed, 
   O you who answer prayer!
To you all flesh shall come. 
When deeds of iniquity overwhelm us,
   you forgive our transgressions. 
Happy are those whom you choose and bring near
   to live in your courts.
We shall be satisfied with the goodness of your house,
   your holy temple. 

By awesome deeds you answer us with deliverance,
   O God of our salvation;
you are the hope of all the ends of the earth
   and of the farthest seas. 
By your* strength you established the mountains;
   you are girded with might. 
You silence the roaring of the seas,
   the roaring of their waves,
   the tumult of the peoples. 
Those who live at earth’s farthest bounds are awed by your signs;
you make the gateways of the morning and the evening shout for joy. 

You visit the earth and water it,
   you greatly enrich it;
the river of God is full of water;
   you provide the people with grain,
   for so you have prepared it. 
You water its furrows abundantly,
   settling its ridges,
softening it with showers,
   and blessing its growth. 
You crown the year with your bounty;
   your wagon tracks overflow with richness. 
The pastures of the wilderness overflow,
   the hills gird themselves with joy, 
the meadows clothe themselves with flocks,
   the valleys deck themselves with grain,
   they shout and sing together for joy.

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