Friday 28 October 2022 DAILY LECTIONARY

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Friday 28 October 2022

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Ecclesiasticus 34:1-8,18-22

The senseless have vain and false hopes,
   and dreams give wings to fools. 
As one who catches at a shadow and pursues the wind,
   so is anyone who believes in* dreams. 
What is seen in dreams is but a reflection,
   the likeness of a face looking at itself. 
>From an unclean thing what can be clean?
   And from something false what can be true? 
Divinations and omens and dreams are unreal,
   and like a woman in labour, the mind has fantasies. 
Unless they are sent by intervention from the Most High,
   pay no attention to them. 
For dreams have deceived many,
   and those who put their hope in them have perished. 
Without such deceptions the law will be fulfilled,
   and wisdom is complete in the mouth of the faithful. 

   To whom does he look? And who is his support? 
The eyes of the Lord are on those who love him,
   a mighty shield and strong support,
a shelter from scorching wind and a shade from noonday sun,
   a guard against stumbling and a help against falling. 
He lifts up the soul and makes the eyes sparkle;
   he gives health and life and blessing. 

If one sacrifices ill-gotten goods, the offering is blemished;* 
   the gifts* of the lawless are not acceptable.
Revelation 13:1-10

And I saw a beast rising out of the sea, having ten horns and seven
heads; and on its horns were ten diadems, and on its heads were
blasphemous names. And the beast that I saw was like a leopard, its
feet were like a bear’s, and its mouth was like a lion’s mouth.
And the dragon gave it his power and his throne and great authority.
One of its heads seemed to have received a death-blow, but its mortal
wound* had been healed. In amazement the whole earth followed the
beast. They worshipped the dragon, for he had given his authority to
the beast, and they worshipped the beast, saying, ‘Who is like the
beast, and who can fight against it?’

 The beast was given a mouth uttering haughty and blasphemous words,
and it was allowed to exercise authority for forty-two months. It
opened its mouth to utter blasphemies against God, blaspheming his
name and his dwelling, that is, those who dwell in heaven. Also, it
was allowed to make war on the saints and to conquer them.* It was
given authority over every tribe and people and language and nation,
and all the inhabitants of the earth will worship it, everyone whose
name has not been written from the foundation of the world in the book
of life of the Lamb that was slaughtered.*

 Let anyone who has an ear listen: 
If you are to be taken captive,
   into captivity you go;
if you kill with the sword,
   with the sword you must be killed.
Here is a call for the endurance and faith of the saints.
Luke 12:13-31

Someone in the crowd said to him, ‘Teacher, tell my brother to
divide the family inheritance with me.’ But he said to him,
‘Friend, who set me to be a judge or arbitrator over you?’ And he
said to them, ‘Take care! Be on your guard against all kinds of
greed; for one’s life does not consist in the abundance of
possessions.’ Then he told them a parable: ‘The land of a rich man
produced abundantly. And he thought to himself, “What should I do,
for I have no place to store my crops?” Then he said, “I will do
this: I will pull down my barns and build larger ones, and there I
will store all my grain and my goods. And I will say to my soul, Soul,
you have ample goods laid up for many years; relax, eat, drink, be
merry.” But God said to him, “You fool! This very night your life
is being demanded of you. And the things you have prepared, whose will
they be?” So it is with those who store up treasures for themselves
but are not rich towards God.’
 He said to his disciples, ‘Therefore I tell you, do not worry
about your life, what you will eat, or about your body, what you will
wear. For life is more than food, and the body more than clothing.
Consider the ravens: they neither sow nor reap, they have neither
storehouse nor barn, and yet God feeds them. Of how much more value
are you than the birds! And can any of you by worrying add a single
hour to your span of life?* If then you are not able to do so small a
thing as that, why do you worry about the rest? Consider the lilies,
how they grow: they neither toil nor spin;* yet I tell you, even
Solomon in all his glory was not clothed like one of these. But if God
so clothes the grass of the field, which is alive today and tomorrow
is thrown into the oven, how much more will he clothe you—you of
little faith! And do not keep striving for what you are to eat and
what you are to drink, and do not keep worrying. For it is the nations
of the world that strive after all these things, and your Father knows
that you need them. Instead, strive for his* kingdom, and these things
will be given to you as well.
Morning Psalms:  Psalm 40, 54

Psalm 40

I waited patiently for the Lord;
   he inclined to me and heard my cry. 
He drew me up from the desolate pit,*
   out of the miry bog,
and set my feet upon a rock,
   making my steps secure. 
He put a new song in my mouth,
   a song of praise to our God.
Many will see and fear,
   and put their trust in the Lord. 

Happy are those who make
   the Lord their trust,
who do not turn to the proud,
   to those who go astray after false gods. 
You have multiplied, O Lord my God,
   your wondrous deeds and your thoughts towards us;
   none can compare with you.
Were I to proclaim and tell of them,
   they would be more than can be counted. 

Sacrifice and offering you do not desire,
   but you have given me an open ear.*
Burnt-offering and sin-offering
   you have not required. 
Then I said, ‘Here I am;
   in the scroll of the book it is written of me.* 
I delight to do your will, O my God;
   your law is within my heart.’ 

I have told the glad news of deliverance
   in the great congregation;
see, I have not restrained my lips,
   as you know, O Lord. 
I have not hidden your saving help within my heart,
   I have spoken of your faithfulness and your salvation;
I have not concealed your steadfast love and your faithfulness
   from the great congregation. 

Do not, O Lord, withhold
   your mercy from me;
let your steadfast love and your faithfulness
   keep me safe for ever. 
For evils have encompassed me
   without number;
my iniquities have overtaken me,
   until I cannot see;
they are more than the hairs of my head,
   and my heart fails me. 

Be pleased, O Lord, to deliver me;
   O Lord, make haste to help me. 
Let all those be put to shame and confusion
   who seek to snatch away my life;
let those be turned back and brought to dishonour
   who desire my hurt. 
Let those be appalled because of their shame
   who say to me, ‘Aha, Aha!’ 

But may all who seek you
   rejoice and be glad in you;
may those who love your salvation
   say continually, ‘Great is the Lord!’ 
As for me, I am poor and needy,
   but the Lord takes thought for me.
You are my help and my deliverer;
   do not delay, O my God.

Psalm 54

Save me, O God, by your name,
   and vindicate me by your might. 
Hear my prayer, O God;
   give ear to the words of my mouth. 

For the insolent have risen against me,
   the ruthless seek my life;
   they do not set God before them.

But surely, God is my helper;
   the Lord is the upholder of* my life. 
He will repay my enemies for their evil.
   In your faithfulness, put an end to them. 

With a freewill-offering I will sacrifice to you;
   I will give thanks to your name, O Lord, for it is good. 
For he has delivered me from every trouble,
   and my eye has looked in triumph on my enemies.
Evening Psalms:  Psalm 51

Psalm 51

Have mercy on me, O God,
   according to your steadfast love;
according to your abundant mercy
   blot out my transgressions. 
Wash me thoroughly from my iniquity,
   and cleanse me from my sin. 

For I know my transgressions,
   and my sin is ever before me. 
Against you, you alone, have I sinned,
   and done what is evil in your sight,
so that you are justified in your sentence
   and blameless when you pass judgement. 
Indeed, I was born guilty,
   a sinner when my mother conceived me. 

You desire truth in the inward being;*
   therefore teach me wisdom in my secret heart. 
Purge me with hyssop, and I shall be clean;
   wash me, and I shall be whiter than snow. 
Let me hear joy and gladness;
   let the bones that you have crushed rejoice. 
Hide your face from my sins,
   and blot out all my iniquities. 

Create in me a clean heart, O God,
   and put a new and right* spirit within me. 
Do not cast me away from your presence,
   and do not take your holy spirit from me. 
Restore to me the joy of your salvation,
   and sustain in me a willing* spirit. 

Then I will teach transgressors your ways,
   and sinners will return to you. 
Deliver me from bloodshed, O God,
   O God of my salvation,
   and my tongue will sing aloud of your deliverance. 

O Lord, open my lips,
   and my mouth will declare your praise. 
For you have no delight in sacrifice;
   if I were to give a burnt-offering, you would not be pleased. 
The sacrifice acceptable to God* is a broken spirit;
   a broken and contrite heart, O God, you will not despise. 

Do good to Zion in your good pleasure;
   rebuild the walls of Jerusalem, 
then you will delight in right sacrifices,
   in burnt-offerings and whole burnt-offerings;
   then bulls will be offered on your altar.

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