Saturday 4 March 2023 DAILY LECTIONARY

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Saturday 4 March 2023 

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Deuteronomy 11:18-28

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
rise. Write them on the doorposts of your house and on your gates, so
that your days and the days of your children may be multiplied in the
land that the Lord swore to your ancestors to give them, as long as
the heavens are above the earth.

 If you will diligently observe this entire commandment that I am
commanding you, loving the Lord your God, walking in all his ways, and
holding fast to him, then the Lord will drive out all these nations
before you, and you will dispossess nations larger and mightier than
yourselves. Every place on which you set foot shall be yours; your
territory shall extend from the wilderness to the Lebanon and from the
River, the river Euphrates, to the Western Sea. No one will be able to
stand against you; the Lord your God will put the fear and dread of
you on all the land on which you set foot, as he promised you.

 See, I am setting before you today a blessing and a curse: the
blessing, if you obey the commandments of the Lord your God that I am
commanding you today; and the curse, if you do not obey the
commandments of the Lord your God, but turn from the way that I am
commanding you today, to follow other gods that you have not known.
Hebrews 5:1-10

Every high priest chosen from among mortals is put in charge of things
pertaining to God on their behalf, to offer gifts and sacrifices for
sins. He is able to deal gently with the ignorant and wayward, since
he himself is subject to weakness; and because of this he must offer
sacrifice for his own sins as well as for those of the people. And one
does not presume to take this honour, but takes it only when called by
God, just as Aaron was.

 So also Christ did not glorify himself in becoming a high priest,
but was appointed by the one who said to him,
‘You are my Son,
   today I have begotten you’; 
as he says also in another place,
‘You are a priest for ever,
   according to the order of Melchizedek.’

 In the days of his flesh, Jesus* offered up prayers and
supplications, with loud cries and tears, to the one who was able to
save him from death, and he was heard because of his reverent
submission. Although he was a Son, he learned obedience through what
he suffered; and having been made perfect, he became the source of
eternal salvation for all who obey him, having been designated by God
a high priest according to the order of Melchizedek.
John 4:1-26

Now when Jesus* learned that the Pharisees had heard, ‘Jesus is
making and baptizing more disciples than John’— although it was
not Jesus himself but his disciples who baptized— he left Judea and
started back to Galilee. But he had to go through Samaria. So he came
to a Samaritan city called Sychar, near the plot of ground that Jacob
had given to his son Joseph. Jacob’s well was there, and Jesus,
tired out by his journey, was sitting by the well. It was about noon.

 A Samaritan woman came to draw water, and Jesus said to her, ‘Give
me a drink’. (His disciples had gone to the city to buy food.) The
Samaritan woman said to him, ‘How is it that you, a Jew, ask a drink
of me, a woman of Samaria?’ (Jews do not share things in common with
Samaritans.)* Jesus answered her, ‘If you knew the gift of God, and
who it is that is saying to you, “Give me a drink”, you would have
asked him, and he would have given you living water.’ The woman said
to him, ‘Sir, you have no bucket, and the well is deep. Where do you
get that living water? Are you greater than our ancestor Jacob, who
gave us the well, and with his sons and his flocks drank from it?’
Jesus said to her, ‘Everyone who drinks of this water will be
thirsty again, but those who drink of the water that I will give them
will never be thirsty. The water that I will give will become in them
a spring of water gushing up to eternal life.’ The woman said to
him, ‘Sir, give me this water, so that I may never be thirsty or
have to keep coming here to draw water.’

 Jesus said to her, ‘Go, call your husband, and come back.’ The
woman answered him, ‘I have no husband.’ Jesus said to her, ‘You
are right in saying, “I have no husband”; for you have had five
husbands, and the one you have now is not your husband. What you have
said is true!’ The woman said to him, ‘Sir, I see that you are a
prophet. Our ancestors worshipped on this mountain, but you* say that
the place where people must worship is in Jerusalem.’ Jesus said to
her, ‘Woman, believe me, the hour is coming when you will worship
the Father neither on this mountain nor in Jerusalem. You worship what
you do not know; we worship what we know, for salvation is from the
Jews. But the hour is coming, and is now here, when the true
worshippers will worship the Father in spirit and truth, for the
Father seeks such as these to worship him. God is spirit, and those
who worship him must worship in spirit and truth.’ The woman said to
him, ‘I know that Messiah is coming’ (who is called Christ).
‘When he comes, he will proclaim all things to us.’ Jesus said to
her, ‘I am he,* the one who is speaking to you.’
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

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

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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