Wednesday 23 November 2022 DAILY LECTIONARY

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Wednesday 23 November 2022  

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Zechariah 12:1-10

The word of the Lord concerning Israel: Thus says the Lord, who
stretched out the heavens and founded the earth and formed the human
spirit within: See, I am about to make Jerusalem a cup of reeling for
all the surrounding peoples; it will be against Judah also in the
siege against Jerusalem. On that day I will make Jerusalem a heavy
stone for all the peoples; all who lift it shall grievously hurt
themselves. And all the nations of the earth shall come together
against it. On that day, says the Lord, I will strike every horse with
panic, and its rider with madness. But on the house of Judah I will
keep a watchful eye, when I strike every horse of the peoples with
blindness. Then the clans of Judah shall say to themselves, ‘The
inhabitants of Jerusalem have strength through the Lord of hosts,
their God.’

 On that day I will make the clans of Judah like a blazing pot on a
pile of wood, like a flaming torch among sheaves; and they shall
devour to the right and to the left all the surrounding peoples, while
Jerusalem shall again be inhabited in its place, in Jerusalem.

 And the Lord will give victory to the tents of Judah first, so that
the glory of the house of David and the glory of the inhabitants of
Jerusalem may not be exalted over that of Judah. On that day the Lord
will shield the inhabitants of Jerusalem, so that the feeblest among
them on that day shall be like David, and the house of David shall be
like God, like the angel of the Lord, at their head. And on that day I
will seek to destroy all the nations that come against Jerusalem.
 And I will pour out a spirit of compassion and supplication on the
house of David and the inhabitants of Jerusalem, so that, when they
look on the one* whom they have pierced, they shall mourn for him, as
one mourns for an only child, and weep bitterly over him, as one weeps
over a firstborn.
Ephesians 1:3-14

Blessed be the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, who has
blessed us in Christ with every spiritual blessing in the heavenly
places, just as he chose us in Christ* before the foundation of the
world to be holy and blameless before him in love. He destined us for
adoption as his children through Jesus Christ, according to the good
pleasure of his will, to the praise of his glorious grace that he
freely bestowed on us in the Beloved. In him we have redemption
through his blood, the forgiveness of our trespasses, according to the
riches of his grace that he lavished on us. With all wisdom and
insight he has made known to us the mystery of his will, according to
his good pleasure that he set forth in Christ, as a plan for the
fullness of time, to gather up all things in him, things in heaven and
things on earth. In Christ we have also obtained an inheritance,*
having been destined according to the purpose of him who accomplishes
all things according to his counsel and will, so that we, who were the
first to set our hope on Christ, might live for the praise of his
glory. In him you also, when you had heard the word of truth, the
gospel of your salvation, and had believed in him, were marked with
the seal of the promised Holy Spirit; this* is the pledge of our
inheritance towards redemption as God’s own people, to the praise of
his glory.
Luke 19:1-10

He entered Jericho and was passing through it. A man was there named
Zacchaeus; he was a chief tax-collector and was rich. He was trying to
see who Jesus was, but on account of the crowd he could not, because
he was short in stature. So he ran ahead and climbed a sycomore tree
to see him, because he was going to pass that way. When Jesus came to
the place, he looked up and said to him, ‘Zacchaeus, hurry and come
down; for I must stay at your house today.’ So he hurried down and
was happy to welcome him. All who saw it began to grumble and said,
‘He has gone to be the guest of one who is a sinner.’ Zacchaeus
stood there and said to the Lord, ‘Look, half of my possessions,
Lord, I will give to the poor; and if I have defrauded anyone of
anything, I will pay back four times as much.’ Then Jesus said to
him, ‘Today salvation has come to this house, because he too is a
son of Abraham. For the Son of Man came to seek out and to save the
Morning Psalms:  Psalm 119:145-176

Psalm 119:145-176

With my whole heart I cry; answer me, O Lord.
   I will keep your statutes. 
I cry to you; save me,
   that I may observe your decrees. 
I rise before dawn and cry for help;
   I put my hope in your words. 
My eyes are awake before each watch of the night,
   that I may meditate on your promise. 
In your steadfast love hear my voice;
   O Lord, in your justice preserve my life. 
Those who persecute me with evil purpose draw near;
   they are far from your law. 
Yet you are near, O Lord,
   and all your commandments are true. 
Long ago I learned from your decrees
   that you have established them for ever. 

Look on my misery and rescue me,
   for I do not forget your law. 
Plead my cause and redeem me;
   give me life according to your promise. 
Salvation is far from the wicked,
   for they do not seek your statutes. 
Great is your mercy, O Lord;
   give me life according to your justice. 
Many are my persecutors and my adversaries,
   yet I do not swerve from your decrees. 
I look at the faithless with disgust,
   because they do not keep your commands. 
Consider how I love your precepts;
   preserve my life according to your steadfast love. 
The sum of your word is truth;
   and every one of your righteous ordinances endures for ever. 

Princes persecute me without cause,
   but my heart stands in awe of your words. 
I rejoice at your word
   like one who finds great spoil. 
I hate and abhor falsehood,
   but I love your law. 
Seven times a day I praise you
   for your righteous ordinances. 
Great peace have those who love your law;
   nothing can make them stumble. 
I hope for your salvation, O Lord,
   and I fulfil your commandments. 
My soul keeps your decrees;
   I love them exceedingly. 
I keep your precepts and decrees,
   for all my ways are before you. 

Let my cry come before you, O Lord;
   give me understanding according to your word. 
Let my supplication come before you;
   deliver me according to your promise. 
My lips will pour forth praise,
   because you teach me your statutes. 
My tongue will sing of your promise,
   for all your commandments are right. 
Let your hand be ready to help me,
   for I have chosen your precepts. 
I long for your salvation, O Lord,
   and your law is my delight. 
Let me live that I may praise you,
   and let your ordinances help me. 
I have gone astray like a lost sheep; seek out your servant,
   for I do not forget your commandments.
Evening Psalms: Psalm 128, 129, 130

Psalm 128

Happy is everyone who fears the Lord,
   who walks in his ways. 
You shall eat the fruit of the labour of your hands;
   you shall be happy, and it shall go well with you. 

Your wife will be like a fruitful vine
   within your house;
your children will be like olive shoots
   around your table. 
Thus shall the man be blessed
   who fears the Lord. 

The Lord bless you from Zion.
   May you see the prosperity of Jerusalem
   all the days of your life. 
May you see your children’s children.
   Peace be upon Israel!

Psalm 129

‘Often have they attacked me from my youth’
   —let Israel now say— 
‘often have they attacked me from my youth,
   yet they have not prevailed against me. 
Those who plough ploughed on my back;
   they made their furrows long.’ 
The Lord is righteous;
   he has cut the cords of the wicked. 
May all who hate Zion
   be put to shame and turned back. 
Let them be like the grass on the housetops
   that withers before it grows up, 
with which reapers do not fill their hands
   or binders of sheaves their arms, 
while those who pass by do not say,
   ‘The blessing of the Lord be upon you!
   We bless you in the name of the Lord!’

Psalm 130

Out of the depths I cry to you, O Lord. 
   Lord, hear my voice!
Let your ears be attentive
   to the voice of my supplications! 

If you, O Lord, should mark iniquities,
   Lord, who could stand? 
But there is forgiveness with you,
   so that you may be revered. 

I wait for the Lord, my soul waits,
   and in his word I hope; 
my soul waits for the Lord
   more than those who watch for the morning,
   more than those who watch for the morning. 

O Israel, hope in the Lord!
   For with the Lord there is steadfast love,
   and with him is great power to redeem. 
It is he who will redeem Israel
   from all its iniquities.

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