Tuesday 22 March 2022 DAILY LECTIONARY

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Tuesday 22 March 2022 

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Genesis 45:1-15

Then Joseph could no longer control himself before all those who stood
by him, and he cried out, ‘Send everyone away from me.’ So no one
stayed with him when Joseph made himself known to his brothers. And he
wept so loudly that the Egyptians heard it, and the household of
Pharaoh heard it. Joseph said to his brothers, ‘I am Joseph. Is my
father still alive?’ But his brothers could not answer him, so
dismayed were they at his presence.

 Then Joseph said to his brothers, ‘Come closer to me.’ And they
came closer. He said, ‘I am your brother Joseph, whom you sold into
Egypt. And now do not be distressed, or angry with yourselves, because
you sold me here; for God sent me before you to preserve life. For the
famine has been in the land these two years; and there are five more
years in which there will be neither ploughing nor harvest. God sent
me before you to preserve for you a remnant on earth, and to keep
alive for you many survivors. So it was not you who sent me here, but
God; he has made me a father to Pharaoh, and lord of all his house and
ruler over all the land of Egypt. Hurry and go up to my father and say
to him, “Thus says your son Joseph, God has made me lord of all
Egypt; come down to me, do not delay. You shall settle in the land of
Goshen, and you shall be near me, you and your children and your
children’s children, as well as your flocks, your herds, and all
that you have. I will provide for you there—since there are five
more years of famine to come—so that you and your household, and all
that you have, will not come to poverty.” And now your eyes and the
eyes of my brother Benjamin see that it is my own mouth that speaks to
you. You must tell my father how greatly I am honoured in Egypt, and
all that you have seen. Hurry and bring my father down here.’ Then
he fell upon his brother Benjamin’s neck and wept, while Benjamin
wept upon his neck. And he kissed all his brothers and wept upon them;
and after that his brothers talked with him.
1 Corinthians 7:32-40

I want you to be free from anxieties. The unmarried man is anxious
about the affairs of the Lord, how to please the Lord; but the married
man is anxious about the affairs of the world, how to please his wife,
and his interests are divided. And the unmarried woman and the virgin
are anxious about the affairs of the Lord, so that they may be holy in
body and spirit; but the married woman is anxious about the affairs of
the world, how to please her husband. I say this for your own benefit,
not to put any restraint upon you, but to promote good order and
unhindered devotion to the Lord.

 If anyone thinks that he is not behaving properly towards his
fiancée,* if his passions are strong, and so it has to be, let him
marry as he wishes; it is no sin. Let them marry. But if someone
stands firm in his resolve, being under no necessity but having his
own desire under control, and has determined in his own mind to keep
her as his fiancée,* he will do well. So then, he who marries his
fiancée* does well; and he who refrains from marriage will do better.

 A wife is bound as long as her husband lives. But if the husband
dies,* she is free to marry anyone she wishes, only in the Lord. But
in my judgement she is more blessed if she remains as she is. And I
think that I too have the Spirit of God.
Mark 6:1-13

He left that place and came to his home town, and his disciples
followed him. On the sabbath he began to teach in the synagogue, and
many who heard him were astounded. They said, ‘Where did this man
get all this? What is this wisdom that has been given to him? What
deeds of power are being done by his hands! Is not this the carpenter,
the son of Mary* and brother of James and Joses and Judas and Simon,
and are not his sisters here with us?’ And they took offence* at
him. Then Jesus said to them, ‘Prophets are not without honour,
except in their home town, and among their own kin, and in their own
house.’ And he could do no deed of power there, except that he laid
his hands on a few sick people and cured them. And he was amazed at
their unbelief. 

Then he went about among the villages teaching. He called the twelve
and began to send them out two by two, and gave them authority over
the unclean spirits. He ordered them to take nothing for their journey
except a staff; no bread, no bag, no money in their belts; but to wear
sandals and not to put on two tunics. He said to them, ‘Wherever you
enter a house, stay there until you leave the place. If any place will
not welcome you and they refuse to hear you, as you leave, shake off
the dust that is on your feet as a testimony against them.’ So they
went out and proclaimed that all should repent. They cast out many
demons, and anointed with oil many who were sick and cured them.
Morning Psalms: Psalm 78:1-39

Psalm 78:1-39

Give ear, O my people, to my teaching;
   incline your ears to the words of my mouth. 
I will open my mouth in a parable;
   I will utter dark sayings from of old, 
things that we have heard and known,
   that our ancestors have told us. 
We will not hide them from their children;
   we will tell to the coming generation
the glorious deeds of the Lord, and his might,
   and the wonders that he has done. 

He established a decree in Jacob,
   and appointed a law in Israel,
which he commanded our ancestors
   to teach to their children; 
that the next generation might know them,
   the children yet unborn,
and rise up and tell them to their children, 
   so that they should set their hope in God,
and not forget the works of God,
   but keep his commandments; 
and that they should not be like their ancestors,
   a stubborn and rebellious generation,
a generation whose heart was not steadfast,
   whose spirit was not faithful to God. 

The Ephraimites, armed with* the bow,
   turned back on the day of battle. 
They did not keep God’s covenant,
   but refused to walk according to his law. 
They forgot what he had done,
   and the miracles that he had shown them. 
In the sight of their ancestors he worked marvels
   in the land of Egypt, in the fields of Zoan. 
He divided the sea and let them pass through it,
   and made the waters stand like a heap. 
In the daytime he led them with a cloud,
   and all night long with a fiery light. 
He split rocks open in the wilderness,
   and gave them drink abundantly as from the deep. 
He made streams come out of the rock,
   and caused waters to flow down like rivers. 

Yet they sinned still more against him,
   rebelling against the Most High in the desert. 
They tested God in their heart
   by demanding the food they craved. 
They spoke against God, saying,
   ‘Can God spread a table in the wilderness? 
Even though he struck the rock so that water gushed out
   and torrents overflowed,
can he also give bread,
   or provide meat for his people?’ 

Therefore, when the Lord heard, he was full of rage;
   a fire was kindled against Jacob,
   his anger mounted against Israel, 
because they had no faith in God,
   and did not trust his saving power. 
Yet he commanded the skies above,
   and opened the doors of heaven; 
he rained down on them manna to eat,
   and gave them the grain of heaven. 
Mortals ate of the bread of angels;
   he sent them food in abundance. 
He caused the east wind to blow in the heavens,
   and by his power he led out the south wind; 
he rained flesh upon them like dust,
   winged birds like the sand of the seas; 
he let them fall within their camp,
   all around their dwellings. 
And they ate and were well filled,
   for he gave them what they craved. 
But before they had satisfied their craving,
   while the food was still in their mouths, 
the anger of God rose against them
   and he killed the strongest of them,
   and laid low the flower of Israel. 

In spite of all this they still sinned;
   they did not believe in his wonders. 
So he made their days vanish like a breath,
   and their years in terror. 
When he killed them, they sought for him;
   they repented and sought God earnestly. 
They remembered that God was their rock,
   the Most High God their redeemer. 
But they flattered him with their mouths;
   they lied to him with their tongues. 
Their heart was not steadfast towards him;
   they were not true to his covenant. 
Yet he, being compassionate,
   forgave their iniquity,
   and did not destroy them;
often he restrained his anger,
   and did not stir up all his wrath. 
He remembered that they were but flesh,
   a wind that passes and does not come again.
Evening Psalms: Psalm 78:40-72

Psalm 78:40-72

How often they rebelled against him in the wilderness
   and grieved him in the desert! 
They tested God again and again,
   and provoked the Holy One of Israel. 
They did not keep in mind his power,
   or the day when he redeemed them from the foe; 
when he displayed his signs in Egypt,
   and his miracles in the fields of Zoan. 
He turned their rivers to blood,
   so that they could not drink of their streams. 
He sent among them swarms of flies, which devoured them,
   and frogs, which destroyed them. 
He gave their crops to the caterpillar,
   and the fruit of their labour to the locust. 
He destroyed their vines with hail,
   and their sycomores with frost. 
He gave over their cattle to the hail,
   and their flocks to thunderbolts. 
He let loose on them his fierce anger,
   wrath, indignation, and distress,
   a company of destroying angels. 
He made a path for his anger;
   he did not spare them from death,
   but gave their lives over to the plague. 
He struck all the firstborn in Egypt,
   the first issue of their strength in the tents of Ham. 
Then he led out his people like sheep,
   and guided them in the wilderness like a flock. 
He led them in safety, so that they were not afraid;
   but the sea overwhelmed their enemies. 
And he brought them to his holy hill,
   to the mountain that his right hand had won. 
He drove out nations before them;
   he apportioned them for a possession
   and settled the tribes of Israel in their tents. 

Yet they tested the Most High God,
   and rebelled against him.
   They did not observe his decrees, 
but turned away and were faithless like their ancestors;
   they twisted like a treacherous bow. 
For they provoked him to anger with their high places;
   they moved him to jealousy with their idols. 
When God heard, he was full of wrath,
   and he utterly rejected Israel. 
He abandoned his dwelling at Shiloh,
   the tent where he dwelt among mortals, 
and delivered his power to captivity,
   his glory to the hand of the foe. 
He gave his people to the sword,
   and vented his wrath on his heritage. 
Fire devoured their young men,
   and their girls had no marriage song. 
Their priests fell by the sword,
   and their widows made no lamentation. 
Then the Lord awoke as from sleep,
   like a warrior shouting because of wine. 
He put his adversaries to rout;
   he put them to everlasting disgrace. 

He rejected the tent of Joseph,
   he did not choose the tribe of Ephraim; 
but he chose the tribe of Judah,
   Mount Zion, which he loves. 
He built his sanctuary like the high heavens,
   like the earth, which he has founded for ever. 
He chose his servant David,
   and took him from the sheepfolds; 
from tending the nursing ewes he brought him
   to be the shepherd of his people Jacob,
   of Israel, his inheritance. 
With upright heart he tended them,
   and guided them with skilful hand.

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