Wednesday 8 March 2023 DAILY LECTIONARY

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Wednesday 8 March 2023 

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Jeremiah 3:6-18

The Lord said to me in the days of King Josiah: Have you seen what she
did, that faithless one, Israel, how she went up on every high hill
and under every green tree, and played the whore there? And I thought,
‘After she has done all this she will return to me’; but she did
not return, and her false sister Judah saw it. She* saw that for all
the adulteries of that faithless one, Israel, I had sent her away with
a decree of divorce; yet her false sister Judah did not fear, but she
too went and played the whore. Because she took her whoredom so
lightly, she polluted the land, committing adultery with stone and
tree. Yet for all this her false sister Judah did not return to me
with her whole heart, but only in pretence, says the Lord.

 Then the Lord said to me: Faithless Israel has shown herself less
guilty than false Judah. Go, and proclaim these words towards the
north, and say:
Return, faithless Israel,

says the Lord.
I will not look on you in anger,
   for I am merciful,

says the Lord;
I will not be angry for ever. 
Only acknowledge your guilt,
   that you have rebelled against the Lord your God,
and scattered your favours among strangers under every green tree,
   and have not obeyed my voice,

says the Lord. 
Return, O faithless children,

says the Lord,
   for I am your master;
I will take you, one from a city and two from a family,
   and I will bring you to Zion. 

 I will give you shepherds after my own heart, who will feed you with
knowledge and understanding. And when you have multiplied and
increased in the land, in those days, says the Lord, they shall no
longer say, ‘The ark of the covenant of the Lord.’ It shall not
come to mind, or be remembered, or missed; nor shall another one be
made. At that time Jerusalem shall be called the throne of the Lord,
and all nations shall gather to it, to the presence of the Lord in
Jerusalem, and they shall no longer stubbornly follow their own evil
will. In those days the house of Judah shall join the house of Israel,
and together they shall come from the land of the north to the land
that I gave your ancestors for a heritage.
Romans 1:28-2:11

And since they did not see fit to acknowledge God, God gave them up to
a debased mind and to things that should not be done. They were filled
with every kind of wickedness, evil, covetousness, malice. Full of
envy, murder, strife, deceit, craftiness, they are gossips,
slanderers, God-haters,* insolent, haughty, boastful, inventors of
evil, rebellious towards parents, foolish, faithless, heartless,
ruthless. They know God’s decree, that those who practise such
things deserve to die—yet they not only do them but even applaud
others who practise them.
Therefore you have no excuse, whoever you are, when you judge others;
for in passing judgement on another you condemn yourself, because you,
the judge, are doing the very same things. You say,* ‘We know that
God’s judgement on those who do such things is in accordance with
truth.’ Do you imagine, whoever you are, that when you judge those
who do such things and yet do them yourself, you will escape the
judgement of God? Or do you despise the riches of his kindness and
forbearance and patience? Do you not realize that God’s kindness is
meant to lead you to repentance? But by your hard and impenitent heart
you are storing up wrath for yourself on the day of wrath, when
God’s righteous judgement will be revealed. For he will repay
according to each one’s deeds: to those who by patiently doing good
seek for glory and honour and immortality, he will give eternal life;
while for those who are self-seeking and who obey not the truth but
wickedness, there will be wrath and fury. There will be anguish and
distress for everyone who does evil, the Jew first and also the Greek,
but glory and honour and peace for everyone who does good, the Jew
first and also the Greek. For God shows no partiality.
John 5:1-18

After this there was a festival of the Jews, and Jesus went up to

 Now in Jerusalem by the Sheep Gate there is a pool, called in
Hebrew* Beth-zatha,* which has five porticoes. In these lay many
invalids—blind, lame, and paralysed.* One man was there who had been
ill for thirty-eight years. When Jesus saw him lying there and knew
that he had been there a long time, he said to him, ‘Do you want to
be made well?’ The sick man answered him, ‘Sir, I have no one to
put me into the pool when the water is stirred up; and while I am
making my way, someone else steps down ahead of me.’ Jesus said to
him, ‘Stand up, take your mat and walk.’ At once the man was made
well, and he took up his mat and began to walk.

Now that day was a sabbath. So the Jews said to the man who had been
cured, ‘It is the sabbath; it is not lawful for you to carry your
mat.’ But he answered them, ‘The man who made me well said to me,
“Take up your mat and walk.” ’ They asked him, ‘Who is the man
who said to you, “Take it up and walk”?’ Now the man who had
been healed did not know who it was, for Jesus had disappeared in* the
crowd that was there. Later Jesus found him in the temple and said to
him, ‘See, you have been made well! Do not sin any more, so that
nothing worse happens to you.’ The man went away and told the Jews
that it was Jesus who had made him well. Therefore the Jews started
persecuting Jesus, because he was doing such things on the sabbath.
But Jesus answered them, ‘My Father is still working, and I also am
working.’ For this reason the Jews were seeking all the more to kill
him, because he was not only breaking the sabbath, but was also
calling God his own Father, thereby making himself equal to God.
Morning Psalms: Psalm 72

Psalm 72

Give the king your justice, O God,
   and your righteousness to a king’s son. 
May he judge your people with righteousness,
   and your poor with justice. 
May the mountains yield prosperity for the people,
   and the hills, in righteousness. 
May he defend the cause of the poor of the people,
   give deliverance to the needy,
   and crush the oppressor. 

May he live* while the sun endures,
   and as long as the moon, throughout all generations. 
May he be like rain that falls on the mown grass,
   like showers that water the earth. 
In his days may righteousness flourish
   and peace abound, until the moon is no more. 

May he have dominion from sea to sea,
   and from the River to the ends of the earth. 
May his foes* bow down before him,
   and his enemies lick the dust. 
May the kings of Tarshish and of the isles
   render him tribute,
may the kings of Sheba and Seba
   bring gifts. 
May all kings fall down before him,
   all nations give him service. 

For he delivers the needy when they call,
   the poor and those who have no helper. 
He has pity on the weak and the needy,
   and saves the lives of the needy. 
>From oppression and violence he redeems their life;
   and precious is their blood in his sight. 

Long may he live!
   May gold of Sheba be given to him.
May prayer be made for him continually,
   and blessings invoked for him all day long. 
May there be abundance of grain in the land;
   may it wave on the tops of the mountains;
   may its fruit be like Lebanon;
and may people blossom in the cities
   like the grass of the field. 
May his name endure for ever,
   his fame continue as long as the sun.
May all nations be blessed in him;*
   may they pronounce him happy. 

Blessed be the Lord, the God of Israel,
   who alone does wondrous things. 
Blessed be his glorious name for ever;
   may his glory fill the whole earth.Amen and Amen. 

The prayers of David son of Jesse are ended.
Evening Psalms: Psalm 119:73-96

Psalm 119:73-96

Your hands have made and fashioned me;
   give me understanding that I may learn your commandments. 
Those who fear you shall see me and rejoice,
   because I have hoped in your word. 
I know, O Lord, that your judgements are right,
   and that in faithfulness you have humbled me. 
Let your steadfast love become my comfort
   according to your promise to your servant. 
Let your mercy come to me, that I may live;
   for your law is my delight. 
Let the arrogant be put to shame,
   because they have subverted me with guile;
   as for me, I will meditate on your precepts. 
Let those who fear you turn to me,
   so that they may know your decrees. 
May my heart be blameless in your statutes,
   so that I may not be put to shame. 

My soul languishes for your salvation;
   I hope in your word. 
My eyes fail with watching for your promise;
   I ask, ‘When will you comfort me?’ 
For I have become like a wineskin in the smoke,
   yet I have not forgotten your statutes. 
How long must your servant endure?
   When will you judge those who persecute me? 
The arrogant have dug pitfalls for me;
   they flout your law. 
All your commandments are enduring;
   I am persecuted without cause; help me! 
They have almost made an end of me on earth;
   but I have not forsaken your precepts. 
In your steadfast love spare my life,
   so that I may keep the decrees of your mouth. 

The Lord exists for ever;
   your word is firmly fixed in heaven. 
Your faithfulness endures to all generations;
   you have established the earth, and it stands fast. 
By your appointment they stand today,
   for all things are your servants. 
If your law had not been my delight,
   I would have perished in my misery. 
I will never forget your precepts,
   for by them you have given me life. 
I am yours; save me,
   for I have sought your precepts. 
The wicked lie in wait to destroy me,
   but I consider your decrees. 
I have seen a limit to all perfection,
   but your commandment is exceedingly broad.

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