Wednesday, January 13, 2010

January 24 - 30 Daily Readings

Daily Lectionary

January 24 (St Timothy) Joel 3:1–21; Romans 12:14—13:14

January 25 (Conversion of St Paul) Zechariah 1:1–21; Romans 14:1–23

January 26 (St Titus) Zechariah 2:1—3:10; Romans 15:1–13

January 27 Zechariah 4:1—5:11; Romans 15:14–33

January 28 Zechariah 6:1—7:14; Romans 16:17–27

January 29 Zechariah 8:1–23; 2 Timothy 1:1–18

January 30 Zechariah 9:1–17; 2 Timothy 2:1–26


The people of Israel contended with the Lord in the wilderness. (Exodus 17:17) They were dissatisfied with His provision. In the same way, the first laborers in the vineyard complained against the landowner for the wage he provided them. (Matthew 20:116) They charged him with being unfair. But in fact he was not being unfair but generous. The Lord does not wish to deal with us on the basis of what we deserve but on the basis of His abounding grace in Christ. The first, those who rely on their own merits, will be last. “Their bodies were scattered in the wilderness.” But the last, those who rely on Christ, will be first. For Christ is the Rock. (1 Corinthians 9:2410:5) He is the One who was struck and from whose side blood and water flowed that we may be cleansed of our sin. Therefore, “Let him who glories, glory in the Lord.” (Jeremiah 9:2324)


O Lord, we implore You favorably to hear the prayers of Your people that we, who are justly punished for our offenses, may be mercifully delivered by Your goodness, for the glory of Your name; through Jesus Christ, Your Son, our Savior, who lives and reigns with You and the Holy Spirit, one God, now and forever. Amen.

Old Testament: Exodus 17:1–7 [Water from the rock]

Epistle: 1 Corinthians 9:24-10:5 [Christ the spiritual Rock]

Holy Gospel: Matthew 20:1–16 [Laborers in the Vineyard]

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