Friday 12 May 2023 DAILY LECTIONARY

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Friday 12 May 2023  

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Wisdom 16:15-17:1

To escape from your hand is impossible; 
for the ungodly, refusing to know you,
were flogged by the strength of your arm,
pursued by unusual rains and hail and relentless storms,
and utterly consumed by fire. 
For—most incredible of all—in water, which quenches all things,
the fire had still greater effect,
for the universe defends the righteous. 
At one time the flame was restrained,
so that it might not consume the creatures sent against the ungodly,
but that seeing this they might know
that they were being pursued by the judgement of God; 
and at another time even in the midst of water it burned more
intensely than fire,
to destroy the crops of the unrighteous land.

Instead of these things you gave your people food of angels,
and without their toil you supplied them from heaven with bread ready
to eat,
providing every pleasure and suited to every taste. 
For your sustenance manifested your sweetness towards your children;
and the bread, ministering* to the desire of the one who took it,
was changed to suit everyone’s liking. 
Snow and ice withstood fire without melting,
so that they might know that the crops of their enemies
were being destroyed by the fire that blazed in the hail
and flashed in the showers of rain; 
whereas the fire,* in order that the righteous might be fed,
even forgot its native power. 

For creation, serving you who made it,
exerts itself to punish the unrighteous,
and in kindness relaxes on behalf of those who trust in you. 
Therefore at that time also, changed into all forms,
it served your all-nourishing bounty,
according to the desire of those who had need,* 
so that your children, whom you loved, O Lord, might learn
that it is not the production of crops that feeds humankind
but that your word sustains those who trust in you. 
For what was not destroyed by fire
was melted when simply warmed by a fleeting ray of the sun, 
to make it known that one must rise before the sun to give you thanks,
and must pray to you at the dawning of the light; 
for the hope of an ungrateful person will melt like wintry frost,
and flow away like waste water. 

Great are your judgements and hard to describe;
therefore uninstructed souls have gone astray.
Romans 14:13-23

Let us therefore no longer pass judgement on one another, but resolve
instead never to put a stumbling-block or hindrance in the way of
another.* I know and am persuaded in the Lord Jesus that nothing is
unclean in itself; but it is unclean for anyone who thinks it unclean.
If your brother or sister* is being injured by what you eat, you are
no longer walking in love. Do not let what you eat cause the ruin of
one for whom Christ died. So do not let your good be spoken of as
evil. For the kingdom of God is not food and drink but righteousness
and peace and joy in the Holy Spirit. The one who thus serves Christ
is acceptable to God and has human approval. Let us then pursue what
makes for peace and for mutual edification. Do not, for the sake of
food, destroy the work of God. Everything is indeed clean, but it is
wrong for you to make others fall by what you eat; it is good not to
eat meat or drink wine or do anything that makes your brother or
sister* stumble.* The faith that you have, have as your own conviction
before God. Blessed are those who have no reason to condemn themselves
because of what they approve. But those who have doubts are condemned
if they eat, because they do not act from faith;* for whatever does
not proceed from faith is sin.
Luke 8:40-56
Now when Jesus returned, the crowd welcomed him, for they were all
waiting for him. Just then there came a man named Jairus, a leader of
the synagogue. He fell at Jesus’ feet and begged him to come to his
house, for he had an only daughter, about twelve years old, who was

As he went, the crowds pressed in on him. Now there was a woman who
had been suffering from haemorrhages for twelve years; and though she
had spent all she had on physicians,* no one could cure her. She came
up behind him and touched the fringe of his clothes, and immediately
her haemorrhage stopped. Then Jesus asked, ‘Who touched me?’ When
all denied it, Peter* said, ‘Master, the crowds surround you and
press in on you.’ But Jesus said, ‘Someone touched me; for I
noticed that power had gone out from me.’ When the woman saw that
she could not remain hidden, she came trembling; and falling down
before him, she declared in the presence of all the people why she had
touched him, and how she had been immediately healed. He said to her,
‘Daughter, your faith has made you well; go in peace.’

 While he was still speaking, someone came from the leader’s house
to say, ‘Your daughter is dead; do not trouble the teacher any
longer.’ When Jesus heard this, he replied, ‘Do not fear. Only
believe, and she will be saved.’ When he came to the house, he did
not allow anyone to enter with him, except Peter, John, and James, and
the child’s father and mother. They were all weeping and wailing for
her; but he said, ‘Do not weep; for she is not dead but sleeping.’
And they laughed at him, knowing that she was dead. But he took her by
the hand and called out, ‘Child, get up!’ Her spirit returned, and
she got up at once. Then he directed them to give her something to
eat. Her parents were astounded; but he ordered them to tell no one
what had happened.
Morning Psalms: Psalm 106:1-18

Psalm 106:1-18

Praise the Lord!
   O give thanks to the Lord, for he is good;
   for his steadfast love endures for ever. 
Who can utter the mighty doings of the Lord,
   or declare all his praise? 
Happy are those who observe justice,
   who do righteousness at all times. 

Remember me, O Lord, when you show favour to your people;
   help me when you deliver them; 
that I may see the prosperity of your chosen ones,
   that I may rejoice in the gladness of your nation,
   that I may glory in your heritage. 

Both we and our ancestors have sinned;
   we have committed iniquity, have done wickedly. 
Our ancestors, when they were in Egypt,
   did not consider your wonderful works;
they did not remember the abundance of your steadfast love,
   but rebelled against the Most High* at the Red Sea.* 
Yet he saved them for his name’s sake,
   so that he might make known his mighty power. 
He rebuked the Red Sea,* and it became dry;
   he led them through the deep as through a desert. 
So he saved them from the hand of the foe,
   and delivered them from the hand of the enemy. 
The waters covered their adversaries;
   not one of them was left. 
Then they believed his words;
   they sang his praise. 

But they soon forgot his works;
   they did not wait for his counsel. 
But they had a wanton craving in the wilderness,
   and put God to the test in the desert; 
he gave them what they asked,
   but sent a wasting disease among them. 

They were jealous of Moses in the camp,
   and of Aaron, the holy one of the Lord. 
The earth opened and swallowed up Dathan,
   and covered the faction of Abiram. 
Fire also broke out in their company;
   the flame burned up the wicked.
Evening Psalms: Psalm 106:19-48

Psalm 106:19-48

They made a calf at Horeb
   and worshipped a cast image. 
They exchanged the glory of God*
   for the image of an ox that eats grass. 
They forgot God, their Saviour,
   who had done great things in Egypt, 
wondrous works in the land of Ham,
   and awesome deeds by the Red Sea.* 
Therefore he said he would destroy them—
   had not Moses, his chosen one,
stood in the breach before him,
   to turn away his wrath from destroying them. 

Then they despised the pleasant land,
   having no faith in his promise. 
They grumbled in their tents,
   and did not obey the voice of the Lord. 
Therefore he raised his hand and swore to them
   that he would make them fall in the wilderness, 
and would disperse* their descendants among the nations,
   scattering them over the lands. 

Then they attached themselves to the Baal of Peor,
   and ate sacrifices offered to the dead; 
they provoked the Lord to anger with their deeds,
   and a plague broke out among them. 
Then Phinehas stood up and interceded,
   and the plague was stopped. 
And that has been reckoned to him as righteousness
   from generation to generation for ever. 

They angered the Lord * at the waters of Meribah,
   and it went ill with Moses on their account; 
for they made his spirit bitter,
   and he spoke words that were rash. 

They did not destroy the peoples
   as the Lord commanded them, 
but they mingled with the nations
   and learned to do as they did. 
They served their idols,
   which became a snare to them. 
They sacrificed their sons
   and their daughters to the demons; 
they poured out innocent blood,
   the blood of their sons and daughters,
whom they sacrificed to the idols of Canaan;
   and the land was polluted with blood. 
Thus they became unclean by their acts,
   and prostituted themselves in their doings. 

Then the anger of the Lord was kindled against his people,
   and he abhorred his heritage; 
he gave them into the hand of the nations,
   so that those who hated them ruled over them. 
Their enemies oppressed them,
   and they were brought into subjection under their power. 
Many times he delivered them,
   but they were rebellious in their purposes,
   and were brought low through their iniquity. 
Nevertheless, he regarded their distress
   when he heard their cry. 
For their sake he remembered his covenant,
   and showed compassion according to the abundance of his steadfast
He caused them to be pitied
   by all who held them captive. 

Save us, O Lord our God,
   and gather us from among the nations,
that we may give thanks to your holy name
   and glory in your praise. 

Blessed be the Lord, the God of Israel,
   from everlasting to everlasting.
And let all the people say, ‘Amen.’
   Praise the Lord!

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