Thursday, April 23, 2009

Daily Lectionary for the 4th Sunday of Easter

Daily Lectionary

Third Sunday of Easter
Exodus 32:15–35, Luke 6:39–49
Monday Exodus 33:1–23, Luke 7:1–17
Tuesday Exodus 34:1–28, Luke 7:18–35
Wednesday Exodus 34:29—35:21, Luke 7:36–50
Thursday Exodus 38:21—39:8, 22–23, 27–31, Luke 8:1–21
Friday Exodus 39:32—40:16, Luke 8:22–39
Saturday Exodus 40:17–38, Luke 8:40–56


The people of God are pilgrims and sojourners in this world, looking ahead to a destination yet to come. (1 Peter 2:11–20) Though we are now children of God, the fullness of what we shall be has not yet been revealed. (1 John 3:1–3) We are those who wait on the Lord. “The Lord is good to those who wait for Him, to the soul who seeks Him.” (Lamentations 3:22–33) Jesus tells us that the wait is just a little while. “A little while, and you will not see Me; and again a little while, and you will see Me, because I go to the Father.” (John 16:16–22) Though you must experience sorrow for a time, though you must live as strangers in a world that is at enmity with Christ, yet your sorrow will be turned to joy when He returns. “Those who wait on the Lord shall renew their strength.” (Isaiah 40:25–31) The little while of weeping shall be replaced with an eternity of rejoicing in the presence of Christ the crucified and risen Savior. “And your joy no one will take from you.”

Old Testament Isaiah 40:25–31 [On eagle’s wings]
Epistle 1 Peter 2:11–20 [Living as free men]
Holy Gospel: John 16:16–22 [Grief into Joy]

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