Thursday 30 June 2022 DAILY LECTIONARY

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Thursday 30 June 2022  

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Numbers 23:11-26

Then Balak said to Balaam, ‘What have you done to me? I brought you
to curse my enemies, but now you have done nothing but bless them.’
He answered, ‘Must I not take care to say what the Lord puts into my
 So Balak said to him, ‘Come with me to another place from which
you may see them; you shall see only part of them, and shall not see
them all; then curse them for me from there.’ So he took him to the
field of Zophim, to the top of Pisgah. He built seven altars, and
offered a bull and a ram on each altar. Balaam said to Balak, ‘Stand
here beside your burnt-offerings, while I meet the Lord over there.’
The Lord met Balaam, put a word into his mouth, and said, ‘Return to
Balak, and this is what you shall say.’ When he came to him, he was
standing beside his burnt-offerings with the officials of Moab. Balak
said to him, ‘What has the Lord said?’ Then Balaam uttered his
oracle, saying:
‘Rise, Balak, and hear;
   listen to me, O son of Zippor: 
God is not a human being, that he should lie,
   or a mortal, that he should change his mind.
Has he promised, and will he not do it?
   Has he spoken, and will he not fulfil it? 
See, I received a command to bless;
   he has blessed, and I cannot revoke it. 
He has not beheld misfortune in Jacob;
   nor has he seen trouble in Israel.
The Lord their God is with them,
   acclaimed as a king among them. 
God, who brings them out of Egypt,
   is like the horns of a wild ox for them. 
Surely there is no enchantment against Jacob,
   no divination against Israel;
now it shall be said of Jacob and Israel,
   “See what God has done!” 
Look, a people rising up like a lioness,
   and rousing itself like a lion!
It does not lie down until it has eaten the prey
   and drunk the blood of the slain.’

 Then Balak said to Balaam, ‘Do not curse them at all, and do not
bless them at all.’ But Balaam answered Balak, ‘Did I not tell
you, “Whatever the Lord says, that is what I must do”?’
Romans 8:1-11

There is therefore now no condemnation for those who are in Christ
Jesus. For the law of the Spirit* of life in Christ Jesus has set you*
free from the law of sin and of death. For God has done what the law,
weakened by the flesh, could not do: by sending his own Son in the
likeness of sinful flesh, and to deal with sin,* he condemned sin in
the flesh, so that the just requirement of the law might be fulfilled
in us, who walk not according to the flesh but according to the
Spirit.* For those who live according to the flesh set their minds on
the things of the flesh, but those who live according to the Spirit*
set their minds on the things of the Spirit.* To set the mind on the
flesh is death, but to set the mind on the Spirit* is life and peace.
For this reason the mind that is set on the flesh is hostile to God;
it does not submit to God’s law—indeed it cannot, and those who
are in the flesh cannot please God.

 But you are not in the flesh; you are in the Spirit,* since the
Spirit of God dwells in you. Anyone who does not have the Spirit of
Christ does not belong to him. But if Christ is in you, though the
body is dead because of sin, the Spirit* is life because of
righteousness. If the Spirit of him who raised Jesus from the dead
dwells in you, he who raised Christ* from the dead will give life to
your mortal bodies also through* his Spirit that dwells in you.
Matthew 22:1-14

Once more Jesus spoke to them in parables, saying: ‘The kingdom of
heaven may be compared to a king who gave a wedding banquet for his
son. He sent his slaves to call those who had been invited to the
wedding banquet, but they would not come. Again he sent other slaves,
saying, “Tell those who have been invited: Look, I have prepared my
dinner, my oxen and my fat calves have been slaughtered, and
everything is ready; come to the wedding banquet.” But they made
light of it and went away, one to his farm, another to his business,
while the rest seized his slaves, maltreated them, and killed them.
The king was enraged. He sent his troops, destroyed those murderers,
and burned their city. Then he said to his slaves, “The wedding is
ready, but those invited were not worthy. Go therefore into the main
streets, and invite everyone you find to the wedding banquet.” Those
slaves went out into the streets and gathered all whom they found,
both good and bad; so the wedding hall was filled with guests.

 ‘But when the king came in to see the guests, he noticed a man
there who was not wearing a wedding robe, and he said to him,
“Friend, how did you get in here without a wedding robe?” And he
was speechless. Then the king said to the attendants, “Bind him hand
and foot, and throw him into the outer darkness, where there will be
weeping and gnashing of teeth.” For many are called, but few are
Morning Psalms:  Psalm 131, 132, 133

Psalm 131

O Lord, my heart is not lifted up,
   my eyes are not raised too high;
I do not occupy myself with things
   too great and too marvellous for me. 
But I have calmed and quieted my soul,
   like a weaned child with its mother;
   my soul is like the weaned child that is with me.* 

O Israel, hope in the Lord
   from this time on and for evermore.

Psalm 132

O Lord, remember in David’s favour
   all the hardships he endured; 
how he swore to the Lord
   and vowed to the Mighty One of Jacob, 
‘I will not enter my house
   or get into my bed; 
I will not give sleep to my eyes
   or slumber to my eyelids, 
until I find a place for the Lord,
   a dwelling-place for the Mighty One of Jacob.’ 

We heard of it in Ephrathah;
   we found it in the fields of Jaar. 
‘Let us go to his dwelling-place;
   let us worship at his footstool.’ 

Rise up, O Lord, and go to your resting-place,
   you and the ark of your might. 
Let your priests be clothed with righteousness,
   and let your faithful shout for joy. 
For your servant David’s sake
   do not turn away the face of your anointed one. 

The Lord swore to David a sure oath
   from which he will not turn back:
‘One of the sons of your body
   I will set on your throne. 
If your sons keep my covenant
   and my decrees that I shall teach them,
their sons also, for evermore,
   shall sit on your throne.’ 

For the Lord has chosen Zion;
   he has desired it for his habitation: 
‘This is my resting-place for ever;
   here I will reside, for I have desired it. 
I will abundantly bless its provisions;
   I will satisfy its poor with bread. 
Its priests I will clothe with salvation,
   and its faithful will shout for joy. 
There I will cause a horn to sprout up for David;
   I have prepared a lamp for my anointed one. 
His enemies I will clothe with disgrace,
   but on him, his crown will gleam.’

Psalm 133

How very good and pleasant it is
   when kindred live together in unity! 
It is like the precious oil on the head,
   running down upon the beard,
on the beard of Aaron,
   running down over the collar of his robes. 
It is like the dew of Hermon,
   which falls on the mountains of Zion.
For there the Lord ordained his blessing,
   life for evermore.
Evening Psalms:  Psalm 134, 135

Psalm 134

ome, bless the Lord, all you servants of the Lord,
   who stand by night in the house of the Lord! 
Lift up your hands to the holy place,
   and bless the Lord. 

May the Lord, maker of heaven and earth,
   bless you from Zion.

Psalm 135

Praise the Lord!
   Praise the name of the Lord;
   give praise, O servants of the Lord, 
you that stand in the house of the Lord,
   in the courts of the house of our God. 
Praise the Lord, for the Lord is good;
   sing to his name, for he is gracious. 
For the Lord has chosen Jacob for himself,
   Israel as his own possession. 

For I know that the Lord is great;
   our Lord is above all gods. 
Whatever the Lord pleases he does,
   in heaven and on earth,
   in the seas and all deeps. 
He it is who makes the clouds rise at the end of the earth;
   he makes lightnings for the rain
   and brings out the wind from his storehouses. 

He it was who struck down the firstborn of Egypt,
   both human beings and animals; 
he sent signs and wonders
   into your midst, O Egypt,
   against Pharaoh and all his servants. 
He struck down many nations
   and killed mighty kings— 
Sihon, king of the Amorites,
   and Og, king of Bashan,
   and all the kingdoms of Canaan— 
and gave their land as a heritage,
   a heritage to his people Israel. 

Your name, O Lord, endures for ever,
   your renown, O Lord, throughout all ages. 
For the Lord will vindicate his people,
   and have compassion on his servants. 

The idols of the nations are silver and gold,
   the work of human hands. 
They have mouths, but they do not speak;
   they have eyes, but they do not see; 
they have ears, but they do not hear,
   and there is no breath in their mouths. 
Those who make them
   and all who trust them
   shall become like them. 

O house of Israel, bless the Lord!
   O house of Aaron, bless the Lord! 
O house of Levi, bless the Lord!
   You that fear the Lord, bless the Lord! 
Blessed be the Lord from Zion,
   he who resides in Jerusalem.
Praise the Lord!

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