Monday 5 June 2023 DAILY LECTIONARY

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Monday 5 June 2023 

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Deuteronomy 11:13-19

If you will only heed his every commandment that I am commanding you
today—loving the Lord your God, and serving him with all your heart
and with all your soul— then he will give the rain for your land in
its season, the early rain and the later rain, and you will gather in
your grain, your wine, and your oil; and he will give grass in your
fields for your livestock, and you will eat your fill. Take care, or
you will be seduced into turning away, serving other gods and
worshipping them, for then the anger of the Lord will be kindled
against you and he will shut up the heavens, so that there will be no
rain and the land will yield no fruit; then you will perish quickly
from the good land that the Lord is giving you.

You shall put these words of mine in your heart and soul, and you
shall bind them as a sign on your hand, and fix them as an emblem on
your forehead. Teach them to your children, talking about them when
you are at home and when you are away, when you lie down and when you
2 Corinthians 5:11-6:2

Therefore, knowing the fear of the Lord, we try to persuade others;
but we ourselves are well known to God, and I hope that we are also
well known to your consciences. We are not commending ourselves to you
again, but giving you an opportunity to boast about us, so that you
may be able to answer those who boast in outward appearance and not in
the heart. For if we are beside ourselves, it is for God; if we are in
our right mind, it is for you. For the love of Christ urges us on,
because we are convinced that one has died for all; therefore all have
died. And he died for all, so that those who live might live no longer
for themselves, but for him who died and was raised for them.

>From now on, therefore, we regard no one from a human point of view;
even though we once knew Christ from a human point of view, we know
him no longer in that way. So if anyone is in Christ, there is a new
creation: everything old has passed away; see, everything has become
new! All this is from God, who reconciled us to himself through
Christ, and has given us the ministry of reconciliation; that is, in
Christ God was reconciling the world to himself, not counting their
trespasses against them, and entrusting the message of reconciliation
to us. So we are ambassadors for Christ, since God is making his
appeal through us; we entreat you on behalf of Christ, be reconciled
to God. For our sake he made him to be sin who knew no sin, so that in
him we might become the righteousness of God.

As we work together with him, we urge you also not to accept the grace
of God in vain. For he says,
‘At an acceptable time I have listened to you,
   and on a day of salvation I have helped you.’
See, now is the acceptable time; see, now is the day of salvation!
Luke 17:1-10

Jesus said to his disciples, ‘Occasions for stumbling are bound to
come, but woe to anyone by whom they come! It would be better for you
if a millstone were hung around your neck and you were thrown into the
sea than for you to cause one of these little ones to stumble. Be on
your guard! If another disciple sins, you must rebuke the offender,
and if there is repentance, you must forgive. And if the same person
sins against you seven times a day, and turns back to you seven times
and says, “I repent”, you must forgive.’

The apostles said to the Lord, ‘Increase our faith!’ The Lord
replied, ‘If you had faith the size of a mustard seed, you could say
to this mulberry tree, “Be uprooted and planted in the sea”, and
it would obey you.

‘Who among you would say to your slave who has just come in from
ploughing or tending sheep in the field, “Come here at once and take
your place at the table”? Would you not rather say to him,
“Prepare supper for me, put on your apron and serve me while I eat
and drink; later you may eat and drink”? Do you thank the slave for
doing what was commanded? So you also, when you have done all that you
were ordered to do, say, “We are worthless slaves; we have done only
what we ought to have done!” ’
Morning Psalms:  Psalm 41, 52

Psalm 41

Happy are those who consider the poor;
   the Lord delivers them in the day of trouble. 
The Lord protects them and keeps them alive;
   they are called happy in the land.
   You do not give them up to the will of their enemies. 
The Lord sustains them on their sickbed;
   in their illness you heal all their infirmities. 

As for me, I said, ‘O Lord, be gracious to me;
   heal me, for I have sinned against you.’ 
My enemies wonder in malice
   when I will die, and my name perish. 
And when they come to see me, they utter empty words,
   while their hearts gather mischief;
   when they go out, they tell it abroad. 
All who hate me whisper together about me;
   they imagine the worst for me. 

They think that a deadly thing has fastened on me,
   that I will not rise again from where I lie. 
Even my bosom friend in whom I trusted,
   who ate of my bread, has lifted the heel against me. 
But you, O Lord, be gracious to me,
   and raise me up, that I may repay them. 

By this I know that you are pleased with me;
   because my enemy has not triumphed over me. 
But you have upheld me because of my integrity,
   and set me in your presence for ever. 

Blessed be the Lord, the God of Israel,
   from everlasting to everlasting.Amen and Amen.

Psalm 52

hy do you boast, O mighty one,
   of mischief done against the godly?
   All day long you are plotting destruction.
Your tongue is like a sharp razor,
   you worker of treachery. 
You love evil more than good,
   and lying more than speaking the truth.
You love all words that devour,
   O deceitful tongue. 

But God will break you down for ever;
   he will snatch and tear you from your tent;
   he will uproot you from the land of the living.
The righteous will see, and fear,
   and will laugh at the evildoer, saying, 
‘See the one who would not take
   refuge in God,
but trusted in abundant riches,
   and sought refuge in wealth!’ 

But I am like a green olive tree
   in the house of God.
I trust in the steadfast love of God
   for ever and ever. 
I will thank you for ever,
   because of what you have done.
In the presence of the faithful
   I will proclaim your name, for it is good.
Evening Psalms: Psalm 44

Psalm 44

We have heard with our ears, O God,
   our ancestors have told us,
what deeds you performed in their days,
   in the days of old: 
you with your own hand drove out the nations,
   but them you planted;
you afflicted the peoples,
   but them you set free; 
for not by their own sword did they win the land,
   nor did their own arm give them victory;
but your right hand, and your arm,
   and the light of your countenance,
   for you delighted in them. 

You are my King and my God;
   you command victories for Jacob. 
Through you we push down our foes;
   through your name we tread down our assailants. 
For not in my bow do I trust,
   nor can my sword save me. 
But you have saved us from our foes,
   and have put to confusion those who hate us. 
In God we have boasted continually,
   and we will give thanks to your name for ever.

Yet you have rejected us and abased us,
   and have not gone out with our armies. 
You made us turn back from the foe,
   and our enemies have taken spoil for themselves. 
You have made us like sheep for slaughter,
   and have scattered us among the nations. 
You have sold your people for a trifle,
   demanding no high price for them. 

You have made us the taunt of our neighbours,
   the derision and scorn of those around us. 
You have made us a byword among the nations,
   a laughing-stock among the peoples. 
All day long my disgrace is before me,
   and shame has covered my face 
at the words of the taunters and revilers,
   at the sight of the enemy and the avenger. 

All this has come upon us,
   yet we have not forgotten you,
   or been false to your covenant. 
Our heart has not turned back,
   nor have our steps departed from your way, 
yet you have broken us in the haunt of jackals,
   and covered us with deep darkness. 

If we had forgotten the name of our God,
   or spread out our hands to a strange god, 
would not God discover this?
   For he knows the secrets of the heart. 
Because of you we are being killed all day long,
   and accounted as sheep for the slaughter. 

Rouse yourself! Why do you sleep, O Lord?
   Awake, do not cast us off for ever! 
Why do you hide your face?
   Why do you forget our affliction and oppression? 
For we sink down to the dust;
   our bodies cling to the ground. 
Rise up, come to our help.
   Redeem us for the sake of your steadfast love.

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