Thursday 31 March 2022 DAILY LECTIONARY

info at info at
Thu Mar 31 02:00:05 EDT 2022

Thursday 31 March 2022 

Email Evangelism, forward to a friend:

Notice: At times email providers change their spam filters. To keep
your daily lectionary reading from going to spam please add
dailylectionary at and info at to
your white list. 

For help with setting a white list check or search
the web. Please do not send us questions on how to set up a white
list. We are not computer savvy and therefore are unable to provide
Exodus 1:6-22

Then Joseph died, and all his brothers, and that whole generation. But
the Israelites were fruitful and prolific; they multiplied and grew
exceedingly strong, so that the land was filled with them.
 Now a new king arose over Egypt, who did not know Joseph. He said to
his people, ‘Look, the Israelite people are more numerous and more
powerful than we. Come, let us deal shrewdly with them, or they will
increase and, in the event of war, join our enemies and fight against
us and escape from the land.’ Therefore they set taskmasters over
them to oppress them with forced labour. They built supply cities,
Pithom and Rameses, for Pharaoh. But the more they were oppressed, the
more they multiplied and spread, so that the Egyptians came to dread
the Israelites. The Egyptians became ruthless in imposing tasks on the
Israelites, and made their lives bitter with hard service in mortar
and brick and in every kind of field labour. They were ruthless in all
the tasks that they imposed on them.

 The king of Egypt said to the Hebrew midwives, one of whom was named
Shiphrah and the other Puah, ‘When you act as midwives to the Hebrew
women, and see them on the birthstool, if it is a boy, kill him; but
if it is a girl, she shall live.’ But the midwives feared God; they
did not do as the king of Egypt commanded them, but they let the boys
live. So the king of Egypt summoned the midwives and said to them,
‘Why have you done this, and allowed the boys to live?’ The
midwives said to Pharaoh, ‘Because the Hebrew women are not like the
Egyptian women; for they are vigorous and give birth before the
midwife comes to them.’ So God dealt well with the midwives; and the
people multiplied and became very strong. And because the midwives
feared God, he gave them families. Then Pharaoh commanded all his
people, ‘Every boy that is born to the Hebrews* you shall throw into
the Nile, but you shall let every girl live.’
1 Corinthians 12:12-26

For just as the body is one and has many members, and all the members
of the body, though many, are one body, so it is with Christ. For in
the one Spirit we were all baptized into one body—Jews or Greeks,
slaves or free—and we were all made to drink of one Spirit.

 Indeed, the body does not consist of one member but of many. If the
foot were to say, ‘Because I am not a hand, I do not belong to the
body’, that would not make it any less a part of the body. And if
the ear were to say, ‘Because I am not an eye, I do not belong to
the body’, that would not make it any less a part of the body. If
the whole body were an eye, where would the hearing be? If the whole
body were hearing, where would the sense of smell be? But as it is,
God arranged the members in the body, each one of them, as he chose.
If all were a single member, where would the body be? As it is, there
are many members, yet one body. The eye cannot say to the hand, ‘I
have no need of you’, nor again the head to the feet, ‘I have no
need of you.’ On the contrary, the members of the body that seem to
be weaker are indispensable, and those members of the body that we
think less honourable we clothe with greater honour, and our less
respectable members are treated with greater respect; whereas our more
respectable members do not need this. But God has so arranged the
body, giving the greater honour to the inferior member, that there may
be no dissension within the body, but the members may have the same
care for one another. If one member suffers, all suffer together with
it; if one member is honoured, all rejoice together with it.
Mark 8:27-9:1

Jesus went on with his disciples to the villages of Caesarea Philippi;
and on the way he asked his disciples, ‘Who do people say that I
am?’ And they answered him, ‘John the Baptist; and others, Elijah;
and still others, one of the prophets.’ He asked them, ‘But who do
you say that I am?’ Peter answered him, ‘You are the Messiah.’*
And he sternly ordered them not to tell anyone about him.
 Then he began to teach them that the Son of Man must undergo great
suffering, and be rejected by the elders, the chief priests, and the
scribes, and be killed, and after three days rise again. He said all
this quite openly. And Peter took him aside and began to rebuke him.
But turning and looking at his disciples, he rebuked Peter and said,
‘Get behind me, Satan! For you are setting your mind not on divine
things but on human things.’

 He called the crowd with his disciples, and said to them, ‘If any
want to become my followers, let them deny themselves and take up
their cross and follow me. For those who want to save their life will
lose it, and those who lose their life for my sake, and for the sake
of the gospel,* will save it. For what will it profit them to gain the
whole world and forfeit their life? Indeed, what can they give in
return for their life? Those who are ashamed of me and of my words* in
this adulterous and sinful generation, of them the Son of Man will
also be ashamed when he comes in the glory of his Father with the holy
angels.’ And he said to them, ‘Truly I tell you, there are some
standing here who will not taste death until they see that the kingdom
of God has come with* power.’
Morning Psalms: Psalm 69

Psalm 69

Save me, O God,
   for the waters have come up to my neck. 
I sink in deep mire,
   where there is no foothold;
I have come into deep waters,
   and the flood sweeps over me. 
I am weary with my crying;
   my throat is parched.
My eyes grow dim
   with waiting for my God. 

More in number than the hairs of my head
   are those who hate me without cause;
many are those who would destroy me,
   my enemies who accuse me falsely.
What I did not steal
   must I now restore? 
O God, you know my folly;
   the wrongs I have done are not hidden from you. 

Do not let those who hope in you be put to shame because of me,
   O Lord God of hosts;
do not let those who seek you be dishonoured because of me,
   O God of Israel. 
It is for your sake that I have borne reproach,
   that shame has covered my face. 
I have become a stranger to my kindred,
   an alien to my mother’s children. 

It is zeal for your house that has consumed me;
   the insults of those who insult you have fallen on me. 
When I humbled my soul with fasting,*
   they insulted me for doing so. 
When I made sackcloth my clothing,
   I became a byword to them. 
I am the subject of gossip for those who sit in the gate,
   and the drunkards make songs about me. 

But as for me, my prayer is to you, O Lord.
   At an acceptable time, O God,
   in the abundance of your steadfast love, answer me.
With your faithful help rescue me
   from sinking in the mire;
let me be delivered from my enemies
   and from the deep waters. 
Do not let the flood sweep over me,
   or the deep swallow me up,
   or the Pit close its mouth over me. 

Answer me, O Lord, for your steadfast love is good;
   according to your abundant mercy, turn to me. 
Do not hide your face from your servant,
   for I am in distress—make haste to answer me. 
Draw near to me, redeem me,
   set me free because of my enemies. 

You know the insults I receive,
   and my shame and dishonour;
   my foes are all known to you. 
Insults have broken my heart,
   so that I am in despair.
I looked for pity, but there was none;
   and for comforters, but I found none. 
They gave me poison for food,
   and for my thirst they gave me vinegar to drink. 

Let their table be a trap for them,
   a snare for their allies. 
Let their eyes be darkened so that they cannot see,
   and make their loins tremble continually. 
Pour out your indignation upon them,
   and let your burning anger overtake them. 
May their camp be a desolation;
   let no one live in their tents. 
For they persecute those whom you have struck down,
   and those whom you have wounded, they attack still more.* 
Add guilt to their guilt;
   may they have no acquittal from you. 
Let them be blotted out of the book of the living;
   let them not be enrolled among the righteous. 
But I am lowly and in pain;
   let your salvation, O God, protect me. 

I will praise the name of God with a song;
   I will magnify him with thanksgiving. 
This will please the Lord more than an ox
   or a bull with horns and hoofs. 
Let the oppressed see it and be glad;
   you who seek God, let your hearts revive. 
For the Lord hears the needy,
   and does not despise his own that are in bonds. 

Let heaven and earth praise him,
   the seas and everything that moves in them. 
For God will save Zion
   and rebuild the cities of Judah;
and his servants shall live* there and possess it; 
   the children of his servants shall inherit it,
   and those who love his name shall live in it.
Evening Psalms: Psalm 73

Psalm 73

Truly God is good to the upright,*
   to those who are pure in heart. 
But as for me, my feet had almost stumbled;
   my steps had nearly slipped. 
For I was envious of the arrogant;
   I saw the prosperity of the wicked. 

For they have no pain;
   their bodies are sound and sleek. 
They are not in trouble as others are;
   they are not plagued like other people. 
Therefore pride is their necklace;
   violence covers them like a garment. 
Their eyes swell out with fatness;
   their hearts overflow with follies. 
They scoff and speak with malice;
   loftily they threaten oppression. 
They set their mouths against heaven,
   and their tongues range over the earth. 

Therefore the people turn and praise them,*
   and find no fault in them.* 
And they say, ‘How can God know?
   Is there knowledge in the Most High?’ 
Such are the wicked;
   always at ease, they increase in riches. 
All in vain I have kept my heart clean
   and washed my hands in innocence. 
For all day long I have been plagued,
   and am punished every morning. 

If I had said, ‘I will talk on in this way’,
   I would have been untrue to the circle of your children. 
But when I thought how to understand this,
   it seemed to me a wearisome task, 
until I went into the sanctuary of God;
   then I perceived their end. 
Truly you set them in slippery places;
   you make them fall to ruin. 
How they are destroyed in a moment,
   swept away utterly by terrors! 
They are* like a dream when one awakes;
   on awaking you despise their phantoms. 

When my soul was embittered,
   when I was pricked in heart, 
I was stupid and ignorant;
   I was like a brute beast towards you. 
Nevertheless I am continually with you;
   you hold my right hand. 
You guide me with your counsel,
   and afterwards you will receive me with honour.* 
Whom have I in heaven but you?
   And there is nothing on earth that I desire other than you. 
My flesh and my heart may fail,
   but God is the strength* of my heart and my portion for ever. 

Indeed, those who are far from you will perish;
   you put an end to those who are false to you. 
But for me it is good to be near God;
   I have made the Lord God my refuge,
   to tell of all your works.

-------------- next part --------------
An HTML attachment was scrubbed...
URL: <>

More information about the DailyLectionary mailing list