Saturday 29 October 2022 DAILY LECTIONARY

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Saturday 29 October 2022  

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Ecclesiasticus 35:1-17

One who keeps the law makes many offerings; 
   one who heeds the commandments makes an offering of well-being. 
One who returns a kindness offers choice flour, 
   and one who gives alms sacrifices a thank-offering. 
To keep from wickedness is pleasing to the Lord,
   and to forsake unrighteousness is an atonement. 
Do not appear before the Lord empty-handed, 
   for all that you offer is in fulfilment of the commandment. 
The offering of the righteous enriches the altar,
   and its pleasing odour rises before the Most High. 
The sacrifice of the righteous is acceptable,
   and it will never be forgotten. 
Be generous when you worship the Lord,
   and do not stint the first fruits of your hands. 
With every gift show a cheerful face,
   and dedicate your tithe with gladness. 
Give to the Most High as he has given to you,
   and as generously as you can afford. 
For the Lord is the one who repays,
   and he will repay you sevenfold.

Do not offer him a bribe, for he will not accept it; 
   and do not rely on a dishonest sacrifice;
for the Lord is the judge,
   and with him there is no partiality. 
He will not show partiality to the poor;
   but he will listen to the prayer of one who is wronged. 
He will not ignore the supplication of the orphan,
   or the widow when she pours out her complaint.
Revelation 13:11-18

Then I saw another beast that rose out of the earth; it had two horns
like a lamb and it spoke like a dragon. It exercises all the authority
of the first beast on its behalf, and it makes the earth and its
inhabitants worship the first beast, whose mortal wound* had been
healed. It performs great signs, even making fire come down from
heaven to earth in the sight of all; and by the signs that it is
allowed to perform on behalf of the beast, it deceives the inhabitants
of earth, telling them to make an image for the beast that had been
wounded by the sword* and yet lived; and it was allowed to give
breath* to the image of the beast, so that the image of the beast
could even speak and cause those who would not worship the image of
the beast to be killed. Also it causes all, both small and great, both
rich and poor, both free and slave, to be marked on the right hand or
the forehead, so that no one can buy or sell who does not have the
mark, that is, the name of the beast or the number of its name. This
calls for wisdom: let anyone with understanding calculate the number
of the beast, for it is the number of a person. Its number is six
hundred and sixty-six.
Luke 12:32-48

‘Do not be afraid, little flock, for it is your Father’s good
pleasure to give you the kingdom. Sell your possessions, and give
alms. Make purses for yourselves that do not wear out, an unfailing
treasure in heaven, where no thief comes near and no moth destroys.
For where your treasure is, there your heart will be also.
 ‘Be dressed for action and have your lamps lit; be like those who
are waiting for their master to return from the wedding banquet, so
that they may open the door for him as soon as he comes and knocks.
Blessed are those slaves whom the master finds alert when he comes;
truly I tell you, he will fasten his belt and have them sit down to
eat, and he will come and serve them. If he comes during the middle of
the night, or near dawn, and finds them so, blessed are those slaves.

 ‘But know this: if the owner of the house had known at what hour
the thief was coming, he* would not have let his house be broken into.
You also must be ready, for the Son of Man is coming at an unexpected
 Peter said, ‘Lord, are you telling this parable for us or for
everyone?’ And the Lord said, ‘Who then is the faithful and
prudent manager whom his master will put in charge of his slaves, to
give them their allowance of food at the proper time? Blessed is that
slave whom his master will find at work when he arrives. Truly I tell
you, he will put that one in charge of all his possessions. But if
that slave says to himself, “My master is delayed in coming”, and
if he begins to beat the other slaves, men and women, and to eat and
drink and get drunk, the master of that slave will come on a day when
he does not expect him and at an hour that he does not know, and will
cut him in pieces,* and put him with the unfaithful. That slave who
knew what his master wanted, but did not prepare himself or do what
was wanted, will receive a severe beating. But one who did not know
and did what deserved a beating will receive a light beating. From
everyone to whom much has been given, much will be required; and from
one to whom much has been entrusted, even more will be demanded.
Morning Psalms:  Psalm 55

Psalm 55

Give ear to my prayer, O God;
   do not hide yourself from my supplication. 
Attend to me, and answer me;
   I am troubled in my complaint.
I am distraught by the noise of the enemy,
   because of the clamour of the wicked.
For they bring* trouble upon me,
   and in anger they cherish enmity against me. 

My heart is in anguish within me,
   the terrors of death have fallen upon me. 
Fear and trembling come upon me,
   and horror overwhelms me. 
And I say, ‘O that I had wings like a dove!
   I would fly away and be at rest; 
truly, I would flee far away;
   I would lodge in the wilderness;
I would hurry to find a shelter for myself
   from the raging wind and tempest.’ 

Confuse, O Lord, confound their speech;
   for I see violence and strife in the city. 
Day and night they go around it
   on its walls,
and iniquity and trouble are within it; 
   ruin is in its midst;
oppression and fraud
   do not depart from its market-place. 

It is not enemies who taunt me—
   I could bear that;
it is not adversaries who deal insolently with me—
   I could hide from them. 
But it is you, my equal,
   my companion, my familiar friend, 
with whom I kept pleasant company;
   we walked in the house of God with the throng. 
Let death come upon them;
   let them go down alive to Sheol;
   for evil is in their homes and in their hearts. 

But I call upon God,
   and the Lord will save me. 
Evening and morning and at noon
   I utter my complaint and moan,
   and he will hear my voice. 
He will redeem me unharmed
   from the battle that I wage,
   for many are arrayed against me. 
God, who is enthroned from of old,
   will hear, and will humble them—
because they do not change,
   and do not fear God. 

My companion laid hands on a friend
   and violated a covenant with me* 
with speech smoother than butter,
   but with a heart set on war;
with words that were softer than oil,
   but in fact were drawn swords. 

Cast your burden* on the Lord,
   and he will sustain you;
he will never permit
   the righteous to be moved. 

But you, O God, will cast them down
   into the lowest pit;
the bloodthirsty and treacherous
   shall not live out half their days.
But I will trust in you.
Evening Psalms:  Psalm 138, 139:1-23

Psalm 138

I give you thanks, O Lord, with my whole heart;
   before the gods I sing your praise; 
I bow down towards your holy temple
   and give thanks to your name for your steadfast love and your
   for you have exalted your name and your word
   above everything.* 
On the day I called, you answered me,
   you increased my strength of soul.* 

All the kings of the earth shall praise you, O Lord,
   for they have heard the words of your mouth. 
They shall sing of the ways of the Lord,
   for great is the glory of the Lord. 
For though the Lord is high, he regards the lowly;
   but the haughty he perceives from far away. 

Though I walk in the midst of trouble,
   you preserve me against the wrath of my enemies;
you stretch out your hand,
   and your right hand delivers me. 
The Lord will fulfil his purpose for me;
   your steadfast love, O Lord, endures for ever.
   Do not forsake the work of your hands.

Psalm 139:1-23

O Lord, you have searched me and known me. 
You know when I sit down and when I rise up;
   you discern my thoughts from far away. 
You search out my path and my lying down,
   and are acquainted with all my ways. 
Even before a word is on my tongue,
   O Lord, you know it completely. 
You hem me in, behind and before,
   and lay your hand upon me. 
Such knowledge is too wonderful for me;
   it is so high that I cannot attain it. 

Where can I go from your spirit?
   Or where can I flee from your presence? 
If I ascend to heaven, you are there;
   if I make my bed in Sheol, you are there. 
If I take the wings of the morning
   and settle at the farthest limits of the sea, 
even there your hand shall lead me,
   and your right hand shall hold me fast. 
If I say, ‘Surely the darkness shall cover me,
   and the light around me become night’, 
even the darkness is not dark to you;
   the night is as bright as the day,
   for darkness is as light to you. 

For it was you who formed my inward parts;
   you knit me together in my mother’s womb. 
I praise you, for I am fearfully and wonderfully made.
   Wonderful are your works;
that I know very well. 
   My frame was not hidden from you,
when I was being made in secret,
   intricately woven in the depths of the earth. 
Your eyes beheld my unformed substance.
In your book were written
   all the days that were formed for me,
   when none of them as yet existed. 
How weighty to me are your thoughts, O God!
   How vast is the sum of them! 
I try to count them—they are more than the sand;
   I come to the end*—I am still with you. 

O that you would kill the wicked, O God,
   and that the bloodthirsty would depart from me— 
those who speak of you maliciously,
   and lift themselves up against you for evil!* 
Do I not hate those who hate you, O Lord?
   And do I not loathe those who rise up against you? 
I hate them with perfect hatred;
   I count them my enemies. 
Search me, O God, and know my heart;
   test me and know my thoughts. 
See if there is any wicked* way in me,
   and lead me in the way everlasting.*

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