Monday 3 October 2022 DAILY LECTIONARY

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Monday 3 October 2022  

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Hosea 14:1-9

Return, O Israel, to the Lord your God,
   for you have stumbled because of your iniquity. 
Take words with you
   and return to the Lord;
say to him,
   ‘Take away all guilt;
accept that which is good,
   and we will offer
   the fruit* of our lips. 
Assyria shall not save us;
   we will not ride upon horses;
we will say no more, “Our God”,
   to the work of our hands.
In you the orphan finds mercy.’ 

I will heal their disloyalty;
   I will love them freely,
   for my anger has turned from them. 
I will be like the dew to Israel;
   he shall blossom like the lily,
   he shall strike root like the forests of Lebanon.* 
His shoots shall spread out;
   his beauty shall be like the olive tree,
   and his fragrance like that of Lebanon. 
They shall again live beneath my* shadow,
   they shall flourish as a garden;*
they shall blossom like the vine,
   their fragrance shall be like the wine of Lebanon. 

O Ephraim, what have I* to do with idols?
   It is I who answer and look after you.*
I am like an evergreen cypress;
   your faithfulness* comes from me. 
Those who are wise understand these things;
   those who are discerning know them.
For the ways of the Lord are right,
   and the upright walk in them,
   but transgressors stumble in them.
Acts 22:30-23:11

Since he wanted to find out what Paul* was being accused of by the
Jews, the next day he released him and ordered the chief priests and
the entire council to meet. He brought Paul down and had him stand
before them.

While Paul was looking intently at the council he said, ‘Brothers,*
up to this day I have lived my life with a clear conscience before
God.’ Then the high priest Ananias ordered those standing near him
to strike him on the mouth. At this Paul said to him, ‘God will
strike you, you whitewashed wall! Are you sitting there to judge me
according to the law, and yet in violation of the law you order me to
be struck?’ Those standing nearby said, ‘Do you dare to insult
God’s high priest?’ And Paul said, ‘I did not realize, brothers,
that he was high priest; for it is written, “You shall not speak
evil of a leader of your people.” ’

 When Paul noticed that some were Sadducees and others were
Pharisees, he called out in the council, ‘Brothers, I am a Pharisee,
a son of Pharisees. I am on trial concerning the hope of the
resurrection* of the dead.’ When he said this, a dissension began
between the Pharisees and the Sadducees, and the assembly was divided.
(The Sadducees say that there is no resurrection, or angel, or spirit;
but the Pharisees acknowledge all three.) Then a great clamour arose,
and certain scribes of the Pharisees’ group stood up and contended,
‘We find nothing wrong with this man. What if a spirit or an angel
has spoken to him?’ When the dissension became violent, the tribune,
fearing that they would tear Paul to pieces, ordered the soldiers to
go down, take him by force, and bring him into the barracks.

 That night the Lord stood near him and said, ‘Keep up your
courage! For just as you have testified for me in Jerusalem, so you
must bear witness also in Rome.’
Luke 6:39-49

He also told them a parable: ‘Can a blind person guide a blind
person? Will not both fall into a pit? A disciple is not above the
teacher, but everyone who is fully qualified will be like the teacher.
Why do you see the speck in your neighbour’s* eye, but do not notice
the log in your own eye? Or how can you say to your neighbour,*
“Friend,* let me take out the speck in your eye”, when you
yourself do not see the log in your own eye? You hypocrite, first take
the log out of your own eye, and then you will see clearly to take the
speck out of your neighbour’s* eye.
 ‘No good tree bears bad fruit, nor again does a bad tree bear good
fruit; for each tree is known by its own fruit. Figs are not gathered
from thorns, nor are grapes picked from a bramble bush. The good
person out of the good treasure of the heart produces good, and the
evil person out of evil treasure produces evil; for it is out of the
abundance of the heart that the mouth speaks.
 ‘Why do you call me “Lord, Lord”, and do not do what I tell
you? I will show you what someone is like who comes to me, hears my
words, and acts on them. That one is like a man building a house, who
dug deeply and laid the foundation on rock; when a flood arose, the
river burst against that house but could not shake it, because it had
been well built.* But the one who hears and does not act is like a man
who built a house on the ground without a foundation. When the river
burst against it, immediately it fell, and great was the ruin of that
Morning Psalms:  Psalm 106:1-18

Psalm 106:1-18

Praise the Lord!
   O give thanks to the Lord, for he is good;
   for his steadfast love endures for ever. 
Who can utter the mighty doings of the Lord,
   or declare all his praise? 
Happy are those who observe justice,
   who do righteousness at all times. 

Remember me, O Lord, when you show favour to your people;
   help me when you deliver them; 
that I may see the prosperity of your chosen ones,
   that I may rejoice in the gladness of your nation,
   that I may glory in your heritage. 

Both we and our ancestors have sinned;
   we have committed iniquity, have done wickedly. 
Our ancestors, when they were in Egypt,
   did not consider your wonderful works;
they did not remember the abundance of your steadfast love,
   but rebelled against the Most High* at the Red Sea.* 
Yet he saved them for his name’s sake,
   so that he might make known his mighty power. 
He rebuked the Red Sea,* and it became dry;
   he led them through the deep as through a desert. 
So he saved them from the hand of the foe,
   and delivered them from the hand of the enemy. 
The waters covered their adversaries;
   not one of them was left. 
Then they believed his words;
   they sang his praise. 

But they soon forgot his works;
   they did not wait for his counsel. 
But they had a wanton craving in the wilderness,
   and put God to the test in the desert; 
he gave them what they asked,
   but sent a wasting disease among them. 

They were jealous of Moses in the camp,
   and of Aaron, the holy one of the Lord. 
The earth opened and swallowed up Dathan,
   and covered the faction of Abiram. 
Fire also broke out in their company;
   the flame burned up the wicked.
Evening Psalms:  Psalm 106:19-48

Psalm 106:19-48

They made a calf at Horeb
   and worshipped a cast image. 
They exchanged the glory of God*
   for the image of an ox that eats grass. 
They forgot God, their Saviour,
   who had done great things in Egypt, 
wondrous works in the land of Ham,
   and awesome deeds by the Red Sea.* 
Therefore he said he would destroy them—
   had not Moses, his chosen one,
stood in the breach before him,
   to turn away his wrath from destroying them. 

Then they despised the pleasant land,
   having no faith in his promise. 
They grumbled in their tents,
   and did not obey the voice of the Lord. 
Therefore he raised his hand and swore to them
   that he would make them fall in the wilderness, 
and would disperse* their descendants among the nations,
   scattering them over the lands. 

Then they attached themselves to the Baal of Peor,
   and ate sacrifices offered to the dead; 
they provoked the Lord to anger with their deeds,
   and a plague broke out among them. 
Then Phinehas stood up and interceded,
   and the plague was stopped. 
And that has been reckoned to him as righteousness
   from generation to generation for ever. 

They angered the Lord * at the waters of Meribah,
   and it went ill with Moses on their account; 
for they made his spirit bitter,
   and he spoke words that were rash. 

They did not destroy the peoples
   as the Lord commanded them, 
but they mingled with the nations
   and learned to do as they did. 
They served their idols,
   which became a snare to them. 
They sacrificed their sons
   and their daughters to the demons; 
they poured out innocent blood,
   the blood of their sons and daughters,
whom they sacrificed to the idols of Canaan;
   and the land was polluted with blood. 
Thus they became unclean by their acts,
   and prostituted themselves in their doings. 

Then the anger of the Lord was kindled against his people,
   and he abhorred his heritage; 
he gave them into the hand of the nations,
   so that those who hated them ruled over them. 
Their enemies oppressed them,
   and they were brought into subjection under their power. 
Many times he delivered them,
   but they were rebellious in their purposes,
   and were brought low through their iniquity. 
Nevertheless, he regarded their distress
   when he heard their cry. 
For their sake he remembered his covenant,
   and showed compassion according to the abundance of his steadfast
He caused them to be pitied
   by all who held them captive. 

Save us, O Lord our God,
   and gather us from among the nations,
that we may give thanks to your holy name
   and glory in your praise. 

Blessed be the Lord, the God of Israel,
   from everlasting to everlasting.
And let all the people say, ‘Amen.’
   Praise the Lord!

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