Thursday 23 June 2022 DAILY LECTIONARY

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Thursday 23 June 2022  

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Numbers 17:1-11

The Lord spoke to Moses, saying: Speak to the Israelites, and get
twelve staffs from them, one for each ancestral house, from all the
leaders of their ancestral houses. Write each man’s name on his
staff, and write Aaron’s name on the staff of Levi. For there shall
be one staff for the head of each ancestral house. Place them in the
tent of meeting before the covenant,* where I meet with you. And the
staff of the man whom I choose shall sprout; thus I will put a stop to
the complaints of the Israelites that they continually make against
you. Moses spoke to the Israelites; and all their leaders gave him
staffs, one for each leader, according to their ancestral houses,
twelve staffs; and the staff of Aaron was among theirs. So Moses
placed the staffs before the Lord in the tent of the covenant.*

 When Moses went into the tent of the covenant* on the next day, the
staff of Aaron for the house of Levi had sprouted. It put forth buds,
produced blossoms, and bore ripe almonds. Then Moses brought out all
the staffs from before the Lord to all the Israelites; and they
looked, and each man took his staff. And the Lord said to Moses,
‘Put back the staff of Aaron before the covenant,* to be kept as a
warning to rebels, so that you may make an end of their complaints
against me, or else they will die.’ Moses did so; just as the Lord
commanded him, so he did.
Romans 5:1-11

Therefore, since we are justified by faith, we* have peace with God
through our Lord Jesus Christ, through whom we have obtained access*
to this grace in which we stand; and we* boast in our hope of sharing
the glory of God. And not only that, but we* also boast in our
sufferings, knowing that suffering produces endurance, and endurance
produces character, and character produces hope, and hope does not
disappoint us, because God’s love has been poured into our hearts
through the Holy Spirit that has been given to us.

 For while we were still weak, at the right time Christ died for the
ungodly. Indeed, rarely will anyone die for a righteous
person—though perhaps for a good person someone might actually dare
to die. But God proves his love for us in that while we still were
sinners Christ died for us. Much more surely then, now that we have
been justified by his blood, will we be saved through him from the
wrath of God.* For if while we were enemies, we were reconciled to God
through the death of his Son, much more surely, having been
reconciled, will we be saved by his life. But more than that, we even
boast in God through our Lord Jesus Christ, through whom we have now
received reconciliation.
Matthew 20:17-28

While Jesus was going up to Jerusalem, he took the twelve disciples
aside by themselves, and said to them on the way, ‘See, we are going
up to Jerusalem, and the Son of Man will be handed over to the chief
priests and scribes, and they will condemn him to death; then they
will hand him over to the Gentiles to be mocked and flogged and
crucified; and on the third day he will be raised.’
 Then the mother of the sons of Zebedee came to him with her sons,
and kneeling before him, she asked a favour of him. And he said to
her, ‘What do you want?’ She said to him, ‘Declare that these
two sons of mine will sit, one at your right hand and one at your
left, in your kingdom.’ But Jesus answered, ‘You do not know what
you are asking. Are you able to drink the cup that I am about to
drink?’* They said to him, ‘We are able.’ He said to them,
‘You will indeed drink my cup, but to sit at my right hand and at my
left, this is not mine to grant, but it is for those for whom it has
been prepared by my Father.’

 When the ten heard it, they were angry with the two brothers. But
Jesus called them to him and said, ‘You know that the rulers of the
Gentiles lord it over them, and their great ones are tyrants over
them. It will not be so among you; but whoever wishes to be great
among you must be your servant, and whoever wishes to be first among
you must be your slave; just as the Son of Man came not to be served
but to serve, and to give his life a ransom for many.’
Morning Psalms:  Psalm 105:1-22

Psalm 105:1-22

O give thanks to the Lord, call on his name,
   make known his deeds among the peoples. 
Sing to him, sing praises to him;
   tell of all his wonderful works. 
Glory in his holy name;
   let the hearts of those who seek the Lord rejoice. 
Seek the Lord and his strength;
   seek his presence continually. 
Remember the wonderful works he has done,
   his miracles, and the judgements he has uttered, 
O offspring of his servant Abraham,*
   children of Jacob, his chosen ones. 

He is the Lord our God;
   his judgements are in all the earth. 
He is mindful of his covenant for ever,
   of the word that he commanded, for a thousand generations, 
the covenant that he made with Abraham,
   his sworn promise to Isaac, 
which he confirmed to Jacob as a statute,
   to Israel as an everlasting covenant, 
saying, ‘To you I will give the land of Canaan
   as your portion for an inheritance.’ 

When they were few in number,
   of little account, and strangers in it, 
wandering from nation to nation,
   from one kingdom to another people, 
he allowed no one to oppress them;
   he rebuked kings on their account, 
saying, ‘Do not touch my anointed ones;
   do my prophets no harm.’ 

When he summoned famine against the land,
   and broke every staff of bread, 
he had sent a man ahead of them,
   Joseph, who was sold as a slave. 
His feet were hurt with fetters,
   his neck was put in a collar of iron; 
until what he had said came to pass,
   the word of the Lord kept testing him. 
The king sent and released him;
   the ruler of the peoples set him free. 
He made him lord of his house,
   and ruler of all his possessions, 
to instruct* his officials at his pleasure,
   and to teach his elders wisdom.
Evening Psalms:  Psalm 105:23-45

Psalm 105:23-45

Then Israel came to Egypt;
   Jacob lived as an alien in the land of Ham. 
And the Lord made his people very fruitful,
   and made them stronger than their foes, 
whose hearts he then turned to hate his people,
   to deal craftily with his servants. 

He sent his servant Moses,
   and Aaron whom he had chosen. 
They performed his signs among them,
   and miracles in the land of Ham. 
He sent darkness, and made the land dark;
   they rebelled* against his words. 
He turned their waters into blood,
   and caused their fish to die. 
Their land swarmed with frogs,
   even in the chambers of their kings. 
He spoke, and there came swarms of flies,
   and gnats throughout their country. 
He gave them hail for rain,
   and lightning that flashed through their land. 
He struck their vines and fig trees,
   and shattered the trees of their country. 
He spoke, and the locusts came,
   and young locusts without number; 
they devoured all the vegetation in their land,
   and ate up the fruit of their ground. 
He struck down all the firstborn in their land,
   the first issue of all their strength. 

Then he brought Israel* out with silver and gold,
   and there was no one among their tribes who stumbled. 
Egypt was glad when they departed,
   for dread of them had fallen upon it. 
He spread a cloud for a covering,
   and fire to give light by night. 
They asked, and he brought quails,
   and gave them food from heaven in abundance. 
He opened the rock, and water gushed out;
   it flowed through the desert like a river. 
For he remembered his holy promise,
   and Abraham, his servant. 

So he brought his people out with joy,
   his chosen ones with singing. 
He gave them the lands of the nations,
   and they took possession of the wealth of the peoples, 
that they might keep his statutes
   and observe his laws.
Praise the Lord!

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