Friday 19 May 2023 DAILY LECTIONARY

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Friday 19 May 2023

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Ezekiel 1:28-3:3

Like the bow in a cloud on a rainy day, such was the appearance of the
splendour all round. This was the appearance of the likeness of the
glory of the Lord.

When I saw it, I fell on my face, and I heard the voice of someone
He said to me: O mortal,* stand up on your feet, and I will speak with
you. And when he spoke to me, a spirit entered into me and set me on
my feet; and I heard him speaking to me. He said to me, Mortal, I am
sending you to the people of Israel, to a nation* of rebels who have
rebelled against me; they and their ancestors have transgressed
against me to this very day. The descendants are impudent and
stubborn. I am sending you to them, and you shall say to them, ‘Thus
says the Lord God.’ Whether they hear or refuse to hear (for they
are a rebellious house), they shall know that there has been a prophet
among them. And you, O mortal, do not be afraid of them, and do not be
afraid of their words, though briers and thorns surround you and you
live among scorpions; do not be afraid of their words, and do not be
dismayed at their looks, for they are a rebellious house. You shall
speak my words to them, whether they hear or refuse to hear; for they
are a rebellious house.

 But you, mortal, hear what I say to you; do not be rebellious like
that rebellious house; open your mouth and eat what I give you. I
looked, and a hand was stretched out to me, and a written scroll was
in it. He spread it before me; it had writing on the front and on the
back, and written on it were words of lamentation and mourning and

He said to me, O mortal, eat what is offered to you; eat this scroll,
and go, speak to the house of Israel. So I opened my mouth, and he
gave me the scroll to eat. He said to me, Mortal, eat this scroll that
I give you and fill your stomach with it. Then I ate it; and in my
mouth it was as sweet as honey.
Hebrews 4:14-5:6

Since, then, we have a great high priest who has passed through the
heavens, Jesus, the Son of God, let us hold fast to our confession.
For we do not have a high priest who is unable to sympathize with our
weaknesses, but we have one who in every respect has been tested* as
we are, yet without sin. Let us therefore approach the throne of grace
with boldness, so that we may receive mercy and find grace to help in
time of need.

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.’
Luke 9:28-36
Now about eight days after these sayings Jesus* took with him Peter
and John and James, and went up on the mountain to pray. And while he
was praying, the appearance of his face changed, and his clothes
became dazzling white. Suddenly they saw two men, Moses and Elijah,
talking to him. They appeared in glory and were speaking of his
departure, which he was about to accomplish at Jerusalem. Now Peter
and his companions were weighed down with sleep; but since they had
stayed awake,* they saw his glory and the two men who stood with him.
Just as they were leaving him, Peter said to Jesus, ‘Master, it is
good for us to be here; let us make three dwellings,* one for you, one
for Moses, and one for Elijah’—not knowing what he said. While he
was saying this, a cloud came and overshadowed them; and they were
terrified as they entered the cloud. Then from the cloud came a voice
that said, ‘This is my Son, my Chosen;* listen to him!’ When the
voice had spoken, Jesus was found alone. And they kept silent and in
those days told no one any of the things they had seen.
Morning Psalms: Psalm 85, 86

Psalm 85

Lord, you were favourable to your land;
   you restored the fortunes of Jacob. 
You forgave the iniquity of your people;
   you pardoned all their sin.
You withdrew all your wrath;
   you turned from your hot anger. 

Restore us again, O God of our salvation,
   and put away your indignation towards us. 
Will you be angry with us for ever?
   Will you prolong your anger to all generations? 
Will you not revive us again,
   so that your people may rejoice in you? 
Show us your steadfast love, O Lord,
   and grant us your salvation. 

Let me hear what God the Lord will speak,
   for he will speak peace to his people,
   to his faithful, to those who turn to him in their hearts.* 
Surely his salvation is at hand for those who fear him,
   that his glory may dwell in our land. 

Steadfast love and faithfulness will meet;
   righteousness and peace will kiss each other. 
Faithfulness will spring up from the ground,
   and righteousness will look down from the sky. 
The Lord will give what is good,
   and our land will yield its increase. 
Righteousness will go before him,
   and will make a path for his steps.

Psalm 86

Incline your ear, O Lord, and answer me,
   for I am poor and needy. 
Preserve my life, for I am devoted to you;
   save your servant who trusts in you.
You are my God; be gracious to me, O Lord,
   for to you do I cry all day long. 
Gladden the soul of your servant,
   for to you, O Lord, I lift up my soul. 
For you, O Lord, are good and forgiving,
   abounding in steadfast love to all who call on you. 
Give ear, O Lord, to my prayer;
   listen to my cry of supplication. 
In the day of my trouble I call on you,
   for you will answer me. 

There is none like you among the gods, O Lord,
   nor are there any works like yours. 
All the nations you have made shall come
   and bow down before you, O Lord,
   and shall glorify your name. 
For you are great and do wondrous things;
   you alone are God. 
Teach me your way, O Lord,
   that I may walk in your truth;
   give me an undivided heart to revere your name. 
I give thanks to you, O Lord my God, with my whole heart,
   and I will glorify your name for ever. 
For great is your steadfast love towards me;
   you have delivered my soul from the depths of Sheol. 

O God, the insolent rise up against me;
   a band of ruffians seeks my life,
   and they do not set you before them. 
But you, O Lord, are a God merciful and gracious,
   slow to anger and abounding in steadfast love and faithfulness. 
Turn to me and be gracious to me;
   give your strength to your servant;
   save the child of your serving-maid. 
Show me a sign of your favour,
   so that those who hate me may see it and be put to shame,
   because you, Lord, have helped me and comforted me.
Evening Psalms: Psalm 91, 92

Psalm 91

You who live in the shelter of the Most High,
   who abide in the shadow of the Almighty,* 
will say to the Lord, ‘My refuge and my fortress;
   my God, in whom I trust.’ 
For he will deliver you from the snare of the fowler
   and from the deadly pestilence; 
he will cover you with his pinions,
   and under his wings you will find refuge;
   his faithfulness is a shield and buckler. 
You will not fear the terror of the night,
   or the arrow that flies by day, 
or the pestilence that stalks in darkness,
   or the destruction that wastes at noonday. 

A thousand may fall at your side,
   ten thousand at your right hand,
   but it will not come near you. 
You will only look with your eyes
   and see the punishment of the wicked. 

Because you have made the Lord your refuge,*
   the Most High your dwelling-place, 
no evil shall befall you,
   no scourge come near your tent. 

For he will command his angels concerning you
   to guard you in all your ways. 
On their hands they will bear you up,
   so that you will not dash your foot against a stone. 
You will tread on the lion and the adder,
   the young lion and the serpent you will trample under foot. 

Those who love me, I will deliver;
   I will protect those who know my name. 
When they call to me, I will answer them;
   I will be with them in trouble,
   I will rescue them and honour them. 
With long life I will satisfy them,
   and show them my salvation.

Psalm 92

It is good to give thanks to the Lord,
   to sing praises to your name, O Most High; 
to declare your steadfast love in the morning,
   and your faithfulness by night, 
to the music of the lute and the harp,
   to the melody of the lyre. 
For you, O Lord, have made me glad by your work;
   at the works of your hands I sing for joy. 

How great are your works, O Lord!
   Your thoughts are very deep! 
The dullard cannot know,
   the stupid cannot understand this: 
though the wicked sprout like grass
   and all evildoers flourish,
they are doomed to destruction for ever, 
   but you, O Lord, are on high for ever. 
For your enemies, O Lord,
   for your enemies shall perish;
   all evildoers shall be scattered. 

But you have exalted my horn like that of the wild ox;
   you have poured over me* fresh oil. 
My eyes have seen the downfall of my enemies;
   my ears have heard the doom of my evil assailants. 

The righteous flourish like the palm tree,
   and grow like a cedar in Lebanon. 
They are planted in the house of the Lord;
   they flourish in the courts of our God. 
In old age they still produce fruit;
   they are always green and full of sap, 
showing that the Lord is upright;
   he is my rock, and there is no unrighteousness in him.

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