Friday 26 May 2023 DAILY LECTIONARY

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Friday 26 May 2023

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Ezekiel 34:17-31

As for you, my flock, thus says the Lord God: I shall judge between
sheep and sheep, between rams and goats: Is it not enough for you to
feed on the good pasture, but you must tread down with your feet the
rest of your pasture? When you drink of clear water, must you foul the
rest with your feet? And must my sheep eat what you have trodden with
your feet, and drink what you have fouled with your feet?

 Therefore, thus says the Lord God to them: I myself will judge
between the fat sheep and the lean sheep. Because you pushed with
flank and shoulder, and butted at all the weak animals with your horns
until you scattered them far and wide, I will save my flock, and they
shall no longer be ravaged; and I will judge between sheep and sheep.

 I will set up over them one shepherd, my servant David, and he shall
feed them: he shall feed them and be their shepherd. And I, the Lord,
will be their God, and my servant David shall be prince among them; I,
the Lord, have spoken.

 I will make with them a covenant of peace and banish wild animals
from the land, so that they may live in the wild and sleep in the
woods securely. I will make them and the region around my hill a
blessing; and I will send down the showers in their season; they shall
be showers of blessing. The trees of the field shall yield their
fruit, and the earth shall yield its increase. They shall be secure on
their soil; and they shall know that I am the Lord, when I break the
bars of their yoke, and save them from the hands of those who enslaved
them. They shall no more be plunder for the nations, nor shall the
animals of the land devour them; they shall live in safety, and no one
shall make them afraid. I will provide for them splendid vegetation,
so that they shall no more be consumed with hunger in the land, and no
longer suffer the insults of the nations. They shall know that I, the
Lord their God, am with them, and that they, the house of Israel, are
my people, says the Lord God. You are my sheep, the sheep of my
pasture,* and I am your God, says the Lord God.
Hebrews 8:1-13

Now the main point in what we are saying is this: we have such a high
priest, one who is seated at the right hand of the throne of the
Majesty in the heavens, a minister in the sanctuary and the true tent*
that the Lord, and not any mortal, has set up. For every high priest
is appointed to offer gifts and sacrifices; hence it is necessary for
this priest also to have something to offer. Now if he were on earth,
he would not be a priest at all, since there are priests who offer
gifts according to the law. They offer worship in a sanctuary that is
a sketch and shadow of the heavenly one; for Moses, when he was about
to erect the tent,* was warned, ‘See that you make everything
according to the pattern that was shown you on the mountain.’ But
Jesus* has now obtained a more excellent ministry, and to that degree
he is the mediator of a better covenant, which has been enacted
through better promises. For if that first covenant had been
faultless, there would have been no need to look for a second one.

 God* finds fault with them when he says:
‘The days are surely coming, says the Lord,
   when I will establish a new covenant with the house of Israel
   and with the house of Judah; 
not like the covenant that I made with their ancestors,
   on the day when I took them by the hand to lead them out of the
land of Egypt;
for they did not continue in my covenant,
   and so I had no concern for them, says the Lord. 
This is the covenant that I will make with the house of Israel
   after those days, says the Lord:
I will put my laws in their minds,
   and write them on their hearts,
and I will be their God,
   and they shall be my people. 
And they shall not teach one another
   or say to each other, “Know the Lord”,
for they shall all know me,
   from the least of them to the greatest. 
For I will be merciful towards their iniquities,
   and I will remember their sins no more.’ 
In speaking of ‘a new covenant’, he has made the first one
obsolete. And what is obsolete and growing old will soon disappear.
Luke 10:38-42
Now as they went on their way, he entered a certain village, where a
woman named Martha welcomed him into her home. She had a sister named
Mary, who sat at the Lord’s feet and listened to what he was saying.
But Martha was distracted by her many tasks; so she came to him and
asked, ‘Lord, do you not care that my sister has left me to do all
the work by myself? Tell her then to help me.’ But the Lord answered
her, ‘Martha, Martha, you are worried and distracted by many things;
there is need of only one thing.* Mary has chosen the better part,
which will not be taken away from her.’
Morning Psalms: Psalm 102

Psalm 102

Hear my prayer, O Lord;
   let my cry come to you. 
Do not hide your face from me
   on the day of my distress.
Incline your ear to me;
   answer me speedily on the day when I call. 

For my days pass away like smoke,
   and my bones burn like a furnace. 
My heart is stricken and withered like grass;
   I am too wasted to eat my bread. 
Because of my loud groaning
   my bones cling to my skin. 
I am like an owl of the wilderness,
   like a little owl of the waste places. 
I lie awake;
   I am like a lonely bird on the housetop. 
All day long my enemies taunt me;
   those who deride me use my name for a curse. 
For I eat ashes like bread,
   and mingle tears with my drink, 
because of your indignation and anger;
   for you have lifted me up and thrown me aside. 
My days are like an evening shadow;
   I wither away like grass. 

But you, O Lord, are enthroned for ever;
   your name endures to all generations. 
You will rise up and have compassion on Zion,
   for it is time to favour it;
   the appointed time has come. 
For your servants hold its stones dear,
   and have pity on its dust. 
The nations will fear the name of the Lord,
   and all the kings of the earth your glory. 
For the Lord will build up Zion;
   he will appear in his glory. 
He will regard the prayer of the destitute,
   and will not despise their prayer. 

Let this be recorded for a generation to come,
   so that a people yet unborn may praise the Lord: 
that he looked down from his holy height,
   from heaven the Lord looked at the earth, 
to hear the groans of the prisoners,
   to set free those who were doomed to die; 
so that the name of the Lord may be declared in Zion,
   and his praise in Jerusalem, 
when peoples gather together,
   and kingdoms, to worship the Lord. 

He has broken my strength in mid-course;
   he has shortened my days. 
‘O my God,’ I say, ‘do not take me away
   at the mid-point of my life,
you whose years endure
   throughout all generations.’ 

Long ago you laid the foundation of the earth,
   and the heavens are the work of your hands. 
They will perish, but you endure;
   they will all wear out like a garment.
You change them like clothing, and they pass away; 
   but you are the same, and your years have no end. 
The children of your servants shall live secure;
   their offspring shall be established in your presence.
Evening Psalms: Psalm 107:1-32

Psalm 107:1-32

O give thanks to the Lord, for he is good;
   for his steadfast love endures for ever. 
Let the redeemed of the Lord say so,
   those he redeemed from trouble 
and gathered in from the lands,
   from the east and from the west,
   from the north and from the south.* 

Some wandered in desert wastes,
   finding no way to an inhabited town; 
hungry and thirsty,
   their soul fainted within them. 
Then they cried to the Lord in their trouble,
   and he delivered them from their distress; 
he led them by a straight way,
   until they reached an inhabited town. 
Let them thank the Lord for his steadfast love,
   for his wonderful works to humankind. 
For he satisfies the thirsty,
   and the hungry he fills with good things. 

Some sat in darkness and in gloom,
   prisoners in misery and in irons, 
for they had rebelled against the words of God,
   and spurned the counsel of the Most High. 
Their hearts were bowed down with hard labour;
   they fell down, with no one to help. 
Then they cried to the Lord in their trouble,
   and he saved them from their distress; 
he brought them out of darkness and gloom,
   and broke their bonds asunder. 
Let them thank the Lord for his steadfast love,
   for his wonderful works to humankind. 
For he shatters the doors of bronze,
   and cuts in two the bars of iron. 

Some were sick* through their sinful ways,
   and because of their iniquities endured affliction; 
they loathed any kind of food,
   and they drew near to the gates of death. 
Then they cried to the Lord in their trouble,
   and he saved them from their distress; 
he sent out his word and healed them,
   and delivered them from destruction. 
Let them thank the Lord for his steadfast love,
   for his wonderful works to humankind. 
And let them offer thanksgiving sacrifices,
   and tell of his deeds with songs of joy. 

Some went down to the sea in ships,
   doing business on the mighty waters; 
they saw the deeds of the Lord,
   his wondrous works in the deep. 
For he commanded and raised the stormy wind,
   which lifted up the waves of the sea. 
They mounted up to heaven, they went down to the depths;
   their courage melted away in their calamity; 
they reeled and staggered like drunkards,
   and were at their wits’ end. 
Then they cried to the Lord in their trouble,
   and he brought them out from their distress; 
he made the storm be still,
   and the waves of the sea were hushed. 
Then they were glad because they had quiet,
   and he brought them to their desired haven. 
Let them thank the Lord for his steadfast love,
   for his wonderful works to humankind. 
Let them extol him in the congregation of the people,
   and praise him in the assembly of the elders.

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