Thursday, March 4, 2010

Daily readings for March 7-13, 2010

Third Sunday in Lent Genesis 27:30–45; 28:10–22; Mark 9:1–13
March 8 Genesis 29:1–30; Mark 9:14–32
March 9 Gen 35:1–29; Mark 9:33–50
March 10 Gen 37:1–36; Mark 10:1–12
March 11  Gen 39:1–23; Mark 10:13–31
March 12  Gen 40:1–23; Mark 10:32–52
March 13  Gen 41:1–27; Mark 11:1–19

Looking forward to next Sunday 
LAETARE—THe Fourth Sunday in Lent

The Lord provided bread from heaven for His people in the wilderness. (Exodus 16:221)  Now He who is Himself the Living Bread from heaven miraculously provides bread for the 5000. (John 6:115) This takes place near the time of the Passover, after a great multitude followed Jesus across the Sea, when He went up on a mountain.  Thus we see that Jesus is our new and greater Moses, who releases us from the bondage of Mt. Sinai and makes us free children of the promise. (Galatians 4:2131) Five loaves become twelves baskets, that is, the five books of Moses find their goal and fulfillment in Christ, whose people continue steadfastly in the doctrine and fellowship of the twelve apostles, and in the breaking and receiving of the Bread of Life, which is the body of Christ together with His precious blood, and in the prayers. (Acts 2:4147) So it is that God’s people “shall neither hunger nor thirst.”  (Isaiah 49:813)  For He abundantly provides for them in both body and soul.

Rejoice with Jerusalem, and be | glad with her,*
        all you who | love her;
that you may feed and be | satisfied*
        with the consolation of her | bosom. (Isaiah 66:10–11)

I was glad when they | said to me,*
        “Let us go into the house | of the Lord.”
Our feet have been | standing*
        within your gates, O Je- | rusalem!
Pray for the peace of Je- | rusalem:*
        “May they prosper who | love you.”
For the sake of my brethren and companions, I will | now say,*
        “Peace be with- | in you.” (Psalm 122:1–2, 6, 8)

Almighty God, our heavenly Father, we implore You that we, who do worthily deserve to be punished for our evil deeds, may mercifully be relieved by the comfort of Your grace;  through Jesus Christ, Your Son, our Lord, who lives and reigns with You and the Holy Spirit, one God, now and forever. Amen.

Old Testament: Isaiah 49:8–13 [Restoration of Israel]

I was glad when they | said to me,*
        “Let us go into the house | of the Lord.”
Peace be with- | in your walls,*
        Prosperity within your | palaces. (Psalm 122:1, 7)

Epistle: Acts 2:41–47 (alternate) [The fellowship of believers]

Those who trust | in the Lord*
        are like Mount | Zion,
which can- | not be moved,*
        but abides for- | ever.
As the mountains surround Je- | rusalem,*
        so the Lord surrounds His | people
from this time forth and for- | ever.*
        Peace be upon | Israel! (Psalm 125:1–2, 5)

Holy Gospel: John 6:1–15 [Feeding of the 5000]

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