March 31, 2018

Genesis 1: 1, 26-31

In the beginning when God created the heavens and the earth,

then God said, “Let us make humankind in our image, according to our likeness; and let them have dominion over the fish of the sea, and over the birds of the air, and over the cattle, and over all the wild animals of the earth, and over every creeping thing that creeps upon the earth.”

So God created humankind in his image, in the image of God he created them; male and female he created them. God blessed them, and God said to them, “Be fruitful and multiply, and fill the earth and subdue it; and have dominion over the fish of the sea and over the birds of the air and over every living thing that moves upon the earth.” God said, “See, I have given you every plant yielding seed that is upon the face of all the earth, and every tree with seed in its fruit; you shall have them for food. And to every beast of the earth, and to every bird of the air, and to everything that creeps on the earth, everything that has t...

March 30, 2018

Isaiah 52:13-53:12

See, my servant shall prosper;

    he shall be exalted and lifted up,

    and shall be very high.

Just as there were many who were astonished at him

    —so marred was his appearance, beyond human semblance,

    and his form beyond that of mortals—

so he shall startle many nations;

    kings shall shut their mouths because of him;

for that which had not been told them they shall see,

    and that which they had not heard they shall contemplate.

Who has believed what we have heard?

    And to whom has the arm of the Lord been revealed?

For he grew up before him like a young plant,

    and like a root out of dry ground;

he had no form or majesty that we should look at him,

    nothing in his appearance that we should desire him.

He was despised and rejected by others;

    a man of suffering and acquainted with infirmity;

and as one from whom others hide their faces

    he was despised, and we held him of no account.

Surely he has borne...

March 29, 2018

Exodus 12:1-8, 11-14

The Lord said to Moses and Aaron in the land of Egypt: This month shall mark for you the beginning of months; it shall be the first month of the year for you. Tell the whole congregation of Israel that on the tenth of this month they are to take a lamb for each family, a lamb for each household. If a household is too small for a whole lamb, it shall join its closest neighbor in obtaining one; the lamb shall be divided in proportion to the number of people who eat of it. Your lamb shall be without blemish, a year-old male; you may take it from the sheep or from the goats. You shall keep it until the fourteenth day of this month; then the whole assembled congregation of Israel shall slaughter it at twilight. They shall take some of the blood and put it on the two doorposts and the lintel of the houses in which they eat it. They shall eat the lamb that same night; they shall eat it roasted over the fire with unleavened bread and bitter herbs.

This is how you shall...

March 28, 2018

Isaiah 50:4-9A

The Lord God has given me
    the tongue of a teacher,
that I may know how to sustain
    the weary with a word.
Morning by morning he wakens—
    wakens my ear
    to listen as those who are taught.

The Lord God has opened my ear,
    and I was not rebellious,
    I did not turn backward.

I gave my back to those who struck me,
    and my cheeks to those who pulled out the beard;
I did not hide my face
    from insult and spitting.

The Lord God helps me;
    therefore I have not been disgraced;
therefore I have set my face like flint,
    and I know that I shall not be put to shame;

    he who vindicates me is near.
Who will contend with me?
    Let us stand up together.
Who are my adversaries?
    Let them confront me.

It is the Lord God who helps me;
    who will...

March 27, 2018

Isaiah 49: 1-6

Listen to me, O coastlands,
    pay attention, you peoples from far away!
The Lord called me before I was born,
    while I was in my mother’s womb he named me.
He made my mouth like a sharp sword,
    in the shadow of his hand he hid me;
he made me a polished arrow,
    in his quiver he hid me away.
And he said to me, “You are my servant,
    Israel, in whom I will be glorified.”
But I said, “I have labored in vain,
    I have spent my strength for nothing and vanity;
yet surely my cause is with the Lord,
    and my reward with my God.”

And now the Lord says,
    who formed me in the womb to be his servant,
to bring Jacob back to him,
    and that Israel might be gathered to him,
for I am honored in the sight of the Lord,
    and my God has become my strength—
  he says,
“It is too light a thing that you should be...

March 26, 2018

Isaiah 42:1-7

Here is my servant, whom I uphold,
    

my chosen, in whom my soul delights;

I have put my spirit upon him;
    

he will bring forth justice to the nations.

He will not cry or lift up his voice,
    

or make it heard in the street;

a bruised reed he will not break,
    

and a dimly burning wick he will not quench;
    

he will faithfully bring forth justice.

He will not grow faint or be crushed
    

until he has established justice in the earth;
    

and the coastlands wait for his teaching.

Thus says God, the Lord,
    

who created the heavens and stretched them out,
    

who spread out the earth and what comes from it,


who gives breath to the people upon it
    

and spirit to those who walk in it:

I am the Lord, I have called you in righteousness,
    

I have taken you by the hand and kept you;


I have given you as a covenant...

March 25, 2018

At The Procession With Palms – Gospel - Mark 11:1-10

When they were approaching Jerusalem, at Bethphage and Bethany, near the Mount of Olives, he sent two of his disciples and said to them, “Go into the village ahead of you, and immediately as you enter it, you will find tied there a colt that has never been ridden; untie it and bring it. If anyone says to you, ‘Why are you doing this?’ just say this, ‘The Lord needs it and will send it back here immediately.’” They went away and found a colt tied near a door, outside in the street. As they were untying it, some of the bystanders said to them, “What are you doing, untying the colt?” They told them what Jesus had said; and they allowed them to take it. Then they brought the colt to Jesus and threw their cloaks on it; and he sat on it. Many people spread their cloaks on the road, and others spread leafy branches that they had cut in the fields. Then those who went ahead and those who followed were shouting,“Hosanna! Blessed is the one who...

March 24, 2018

Ezekiel 37:21-28

Thus says the Lord God: I will take the people of Israel from the nations among which they have gone, and will gather them from every quarter, and bring them to their own land. I will make them one nation in the land, on the mountains of Israel; and one king shall be king over them all. Never again shall they be two nations, and never again shall they be divided into two kingdoms. They shall never again defile themselves with their idols and their detestable things, or with any of their transgressions. I will save them from all the apostasies into which they have fallen, and will cleanse them. Then they shall be my people, and I will be their God.

My servant David shall be king over them; and they shall all have one shepherd. They shall follow my ordinances and be careful to observe my statutes. They shall live in the land that I gave to my servant Jacob, in which your ancestors lived; they and their children and their children’s children shall live there forever; and my...

March 23, 2018

Jeremiah 20: 10-13

For I hear many whispering:

    “Terror is all around!

Denounce him! Let us denounce him!”

    All my close friends

    are watching for me to stumble.

“Perhaps he can be enticed,

    and we can prevail against him,

    and take our revenge on him.”

But the Lord is with me like a dread warrior;

    therefore my persecutors will stumble,

    and they will not prevail.

They will be greatly shamed,

    for they will not succeed.

Their eternal dishonor

    will never be forgotten.

O Lord of hosts, you test the righteous,

    you see the heart and the mind;

let me see your retribution upon them,

    for to you I have committed my cause.

Sing to the Lord;

    praise the Lord!

For he has delivered the life of the needy

    from the hands of evildoers.

Psalm 18: 1-6

I love you, O Lord, my strength.

The Lord is my rock, my fortress, and my deliverer,

    my God, my rock in whom I take refuge,

    my shield, and the horn of my salvatio...

March 22, 2018

Genesis 17:3-9

Then Abram fell on his face; and God said to him, “As for me, this is my covenant with you: You shall be the ancestor of a multitude of nations. No longer shall your name be Abram, but your name shall be Abraham; for I have made you the ancestor of a multitude of nations. I will make you exceedingly fruitful; and I will make nations of you, and kings shall come from you. I will establish my covenant between me and you, and your offspring after you throughout their generations, for an everlasting covenant, to be God to you and to your offspring after you. And I will give to you, and to your offspring after you, the land where you are now an alien, all the land of Canaan, for a perpetual holding; and I will be their God.”

God said to Abraham, “As for you, you shall keep my covenant, you and your offspring after you throughout their generations.”

Psalm 105:4-9

Seek the Lord and his strength;

seek his presence continually.
Remember the wonderful works he has done,
his miracl...

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