Monday 8 May 2023 DAILY LECTIONARY

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Monday 8 May 2023  

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Wisdom 9:1,7-18

‘O God of my ancestors and Lord of mercy,
who have made all things by your word, 
You have chosen me to be king of your people
and to be judge over your sons and daughters. 
You have given command to build a temple on your holy mountain,
and an altar in the city of your habitation,
a copy of the holy tent that you prepared from the beginning. 
With you is wisdom, she who knows your works
and was present when you made the world;
she understands what is pleasing in your sight
and what is right according to your commandments. 
Send her forth from the holy heavens,
and from the throne of your glory send her,
that she may labour at my side,
and that I may learn what is pleasing to you. 
For she knows and understands all things,
and she will guide me wisely in my actions
and guard me with her glory. 
Then my works will be acceptable,
and I shall judge your people justly,
and shall be worthy of the throne* of my father. 
For who can learn the counsel of God?
Or who can discern what the Lord wills? 
For the reasoning of mortals is worthless,
and our designs are likely to fail; 
for a perishable body weighs down the soul,
and this earthy tent burdens the thoughtful* mind. 
We can hardly guess at what is on earth,
and what is at hand we find with labour;
but who has traced out what is in the heavens? 
Who has learned your counsel,
unless you have given wisdom
and sent your holy spirit from on high?
Colossians 3:18-4:18

Wives, be subject to your husbands, as is fitting in the Lord.
Husbands, love your wives and never treat them harshly.

 Children, obey your parents in everything, for this is your
acceptable duty in the Lord. Fathers, do not provoke your children, or
they may lose heart. Slaves, obey your earthly masters* in everything,
not only while being watched and in order to please them, but
wholeheartedly, fearing the Lord.* Whatever your task, put yourselves
into it, as done for the Lord and not for your masters,* since you
know that from the Lord you will receive the inheritance as your
reward; you serve* the Lord Christ. For the wrongdoer will be paid
back for whatever wrong has been done, and there is no partiality.
Masters, treat your slaves justly and fairly, for you know that you
also have a Master in heaven. 

 Devote yourselves to prayer, keeping alert in it with thanksgiving.
At the same time pray for us as well that God will open to us a door
for the word, that we may declare the mystery of Christ, for which I
am in prison, so that I may reveal it clearly, as I should.

 Conduct yourselves wisely towards outsiders, making the most of the
time.* Let your speech always be gracious, seasoned with salt, so that
you may know how you ought to answer everyone. 

 Tychicus will tell you all the news about me; he is a beloved
brother, a faithful minister, and a fellow-servant* in the Lord. I
have sent him to you for this very purpose, so that you may know how
we are* and that he may encourage your hearts; he is coming with
Onesimus, the faithful and beloved brother, who is one of you. They
will tell you about everything here.

 Aristarchus my fellow-prisoner greets you, as does Mark the cousin
of Barnabas, concerning whom you have received instructions—if he
comes to you, welcome him. And Jesus who is called Justus greets you.
These are the only ones of the circumcision among my co-workers for
the kingdom of God, and they have been a comfort to me. Epaphras, who
is one of you, a servant* of Christ Jesus, greets you. He is always
wrestling in his prayers on your behalf, so that you may stand mature
and fully assured in everything that God wills. For I testify for him
that he has worked hard for you and for those in Laodicea and in
Hierapolis. Luke, the beloved physician, and Demas greet you. Give my
greetings to the brothers and sisters* in Laodicea, and to Nympha and
the church in her house. And when this letter has been read among you,
have it read also in the church of the Laodiceans; and see that you
read also the letter from Laodicea. And say to Archippus, ‘See that
you complete the task that you have received in the Lord.’ 

 I, Paul, write this greeting with my own hand. Remember my chains.
Grace be with you.
Luke 7:36-50
One of the Pharisees asked Jesus* to eat with him, and he went into
the Pharisee’s house and took his place at the table. And a woman in
the city, who was a sinner, having learned that he was eating in the
Pharisee’s house, brought an alabaster jar of ointment. She stood
behind him at his feet, weeping, and began to bathe his feet with her
tears and to dry them with her hair. Then she continued kissing his
feet and anointing them with the ointment. Now when the Pharisee who
had invited him saw it, he said to himself, ‘If this man were a
prophet, he would have known who and what kind of woman this is who is
touching him—that she is a sinner.’ Jesus spoke up and said to
him, ‘Simon, I have something to say to you.’ ‘Teacher,’ he
replied, ‘speak.’ ‘A certain creditor had two debtors; one owed
five hundred denarii,* and the other fifty. When they could not pay,
he cancelled the debts for both of them. Now which of them will love
him more?’ Simon answered, ‘I suppose the one for whom he
cancelled the greater debt.’ And Jesus* said to him, ‘You have
judged rightly.’ Then turning towards the woman, he said to Simon,
‘Do you see this woman? I entered your house; you gave me no water
for my feet, but she has bathed my feet with her tears and dried them
with her hair. You gave me no kiss, but from the time I came in she
has not stopped kissing my feet. You did not anoint my head with oil,
but she has anointed my feet with ointment. Therefore, I tell you, her
sins, which were many, have been forgiven; hence she has shown great
love. But the one to whom little is forgiven, loves little.’ Then he
said to her, ‘Your sins are forgiven.’ But those who were at the
table with him began to say among themselves, ‘Who is this who even
forgives sins?’ And he said to the woman, ‘Your faith has saved
you; go in peace.’
Morning Psalms: Psalm 56, 57, 58

Psalm 56

Be gracious to me, O God, for people trample on me;
   all day long foes oppress me; 
my enemies trample on me all day long,
   for many fight against me.
O Most High, when I am afraid,
   I put my trust in you. 
In God, whose word I praise,
   in God I trust; I am not afraid;
   what can flesh do to me? 

All day long they seek to injure my cause;
   all their thoughts are against me for evil. 
They stir up strife, they lurk,
   they watch my steps.
As they hoped to have my life, 
   so repay* them for their crime;
   in wrath cast down the peoples, O God! 

You have kept count of my tossings;
   put my tears in your bottle.
   Are they not in your record? 
Then my enemies will retreat
   on the day when I call.
   This I know, that* God is for me. 
In God, whose word I praise,
   in the Lord, whose word I praise, 
in God I trust; I am not afraid.
   What can a mere mortal do to me? 

My vows to you I must perform, O God;
   I will render thank-offerings to you. 
For you have delivered my soul from death,
   and my feet from falling,
so that I may walk before God
   in the light of life.

Psalm 57

Be merciful to me, O God, be merciful to me,
   for in you my soul takes refuge;
in the shadow of your wings I will take refuge,
   until the destroying storms pass by. 
I cry to God Most High,
   to God who fulfils his purpose for me. 
He will send from heaven and save me,
   he will put to shame those who trample on me.
God will send forth his steadfast love and his faithfulness. 

I lie down among lions
   that greedily devour* human prey;
their teeth are spears and arrows,
   their tongues sharp swords. 

Be exalted, O God, above the heavens.
   Let your glory be over all the earth. 

They set a net for my steps;
   my soul was bowed down.
They dug a pit in my path,
   but they have fallen into it themselves.
My heart is steadfast, O God,
   my heart is steadfast.
I will sing and make melody. 
   Awake, my soul!
Awake, O harp and lyre!
   I will awake the dawn. 
I will give thanks to you, O Lord, among the peoples;
   I will sing praises to you among the nations. 
For your steadfast love is as high as the heavens;
   your faithfulness extends to the clouds. 

Be exalted, O God, above the heavens.
   Let your glory be over all the earth.

Psalm 58

Do you indeed decree what is right, you gods?*
   Do you judge people fairly? 
No, in your hearts you devise wrongs;
   your hands deal out violence on earth. 

The wicked go astray from the womb;
   they err from their birth, speaking lies. 
They have venom like the venom of a serpent,
   like the deaf adder that stops its ear, 
so that it does not hear the voice of charmers
   or of the cunning enchanter. 

O God, break the teeth in their mouths;
   tear out the fangs of the young lions, O Lord! 
Let them vanish like water that runs away;
   like grass let them be trodden down* and wither. 
Let them be like the snail that dissolves into slime;
   like the untimely birth that never sees the sun. 
Sooner than your pots can feel the heat of thorns,
   whether green or ablaze, may he sweep them away! 

The righteous will rejoice when they see vengeance done;
   they will bathe their feet in the blood of the wicked. 
People will say, ‘Surely there is a reward for the righteous;
   surely there is a God who judges on earth.’
Evening Psalms: Psalm 64, 65

Psalm 64

Hear my voice, O God, in my complaint;
   preserve my life from the dread enemy. 
Hide me from the secret plots of the wicked,
   from the scheming of evildoers, 
who whet their tongues like swords,
   who aim bitter words like arrows, 
shooting from ambush at the blameless;
   they shoot suddenly and without fear. 
They hold fast to their evil purpose;
   they talk of laying snares secretly,
thinking, ‘Who can see us?* 
   Who can search out our crimes?*
We have thought out a cunningly conceived plot.’
   For the human heart and mind are deep. 

But God will shoot his arrow at them;
   they will be wounded suddenly. 
Because of their tongue he will bring them to ruin;*
   all who see them will shake with horror. 
Then everyone will fear;
   they will tell what God has brought about,
   and ponder what he has done. 

Let the righteous rejoice in the Lord
   and take refuge in him.
Let all the upright in heart glory.

Psalm 65

Praise is due to you,
   O God, in Zion;
and to you shall vows be performed, 
   O you who answer prayer!
To you all flesh shall come. 
When deeds of iniquity overwhelm us,
   you forgive our transgressions. 
Happy are those whom you choose and bring near
   to live in your courts.
We shall be satisfied with the goodness of your house,
   your holy temple. 

By awesome deeds you answer us with deliverance,
   O God of our salvation;
you are the hope of all the ends of the earth
   and of the farthest seas. 
By your* strength you established the mountains;
   you are girded with might. 
You silence the roaring of the seas,
   the roaring of their waves,
   the tumult of the peoples. 
Those who live at earth’s farthest bounds are awed by your signs;
you make the gateways of the morning and the evening shout for joy. 

You visit the earth and water it,
   you greatly enrich it;
the river of God is full of water;
   you provide the people with grain,
   for so you have prepared it. 
You water its furrows abundantly,
   settling its ridges,
softening it with showers,
   and blessing its growth. 
You crown the year with your bounty;
   your wagon tracks overflow with richness. 
The pastures of the wilderness overflow,
   the hills gird themselves with joy, 
the meadows clothe themselves with flocks,
   the valleys deck themselves with grain,
   they shout and sing together for joy.

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