Friday 5 May 2023 DAILY LECTIONARY

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Friday 5 May 2023 

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Wisdom 6:12-23

Wisdom is radiant and unfading,
and she is easily discerned by those who love her,
and is found by those who seek her. 
She hastens to make herself known to those who desire her. 
One who rises early to seek her will have no difficulty,
for she will be found sitting at the gate. 
To fix one’s thought on her is perfect understanding,
and one who is vigilant on her account will soon be free from care, 
because she goes about seeking those worthy of her,
and she graciously appears to them in their paths,
and meets them in every thought. 

The beginning of wisdom* is the most sincere desire for instruction,
and concern for instruction is love of her, 
and love of her is the keeping of her laws,
and giving heed to her laws is assurance of immortality, 
and immortality brings one near to God; 
so the desire for wisdom leads to a kingdom. 

Therefore if you delight in thrones and sceptres, O monarchs over the
honour wisdom, so that you may reign for ever. 
I will tell you what wisdom is and how she came to be,
and I will hide no secrets from you,
but I will trace her course from the beginning of creation,
and make knowledge of her clear,
and I will not pass by the truth; 
nor will I travel in the company of sickly envy,
for envy* does not associate with wisdom.
Colossians 3:1-11

So if you have been raised with Christ, seek the things that are
above, where Christ is, seated at the right hand of God. Set your
minds on things that are above, not on things that are on earth, for
you have died, and your life is hidden with Christ in God. When Christ
who is your* life is revealed, then you also will be revealed with him
in glory.

 Put to death, therefore, whatever in you is earthly: fornication,
impurity, passion, evil desire, and greed (which is idolatry). On
account of these the wrath of God is coming on those who are
disobedient.* These are the ways you also once followed, when you were
living that life.* But now you must get rid of all such
things—anger, wrath, malice, slander, and abusive* language from
your mouth. Do not lie to one another, seeing that you have stripped
off the old self with its practices and have clothed yourselves with
the new self, which is being renewed in knowledge according to the
image of its creator. In that renewal* there is no longer Greek and
Jew, circumcised and uncircumcised, barbarian, Scythian, slave and
free; but Christ is all and in all!
Luke 7:1-17
After Jesus* had finished all his sayings in the hearing of the
people, he entered Capernaum. A centurion there had a slave whom he
valued highly, and who was ill and close to death. When he heard about
Jesus, he sent some Jewish elders to him, asking him to come and heal
his slave. When they came to Jesus, they appealed to him earnestly,
saying, ‘He is worthy of having you do this for him, for he loves
our people, and it is he who built our synagogue for us.’ And Jesus
went with them, but when he was not far from the house, the centurion
sent friends to say to him, ‘Lord, do not trouble yourself, for I am
not worthy to have you come under my roof; therefore I did not presume
to come to you. But only speak the word, and let my servant be healed.
For I also am a man set under authority, with soldiers under me; and I
say to one, “Go”, and he goes, and to another, “Come”, and he
comes, and to my slave, “Do this”, and the slave does it.’ When
Jesus heard this he was amazed at him, and turning to the crowd that
followed him, he said, ‘I tell you, not even in Israel have I found
such faith.’ When those who had been sent returned to the house,
they found the slave in good health.
 Soon afterwards* he went to a town called Nain, and his disciples
and a large crowd went with him. As he approached the gate of the
town, a man who had died was being carried out. He was his mother’s
only son, and she was a widow; and with her was a large crowd from the
town. When the Lord saw her, he had compassion for her and said to
her, ‘Do not weep.’ Then he came forward and touched the bier, and
the bearers stood still. And he said, ‘Young man, I say to you,
rise!’ The dead man sat up and began to speak, and Jesus* gave him
to his mother. Fear seized all of them; and they glorified God,
saying, ‘A great prophet has risen among us!’ and ‘God has
looked favourably on his people!’ This word about him spread
throughout Judea and all the surrounding country.
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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