Tuesday, May 11, 2010

Daily Readings for May 16 - 22, 2010

Daily Lectionary

Seventh Sunday of Easter Numbers 14:1-25; Luke 18:18-34
May 17 Numbers 14:26-45; Luke 18:35-19:10; Numbers 15:1-41
May 18 Numbers 16:1-22; Luke 19:11-28
May 19 Numbers 16:23-40; Luke 19:29-48
May 20 Numbers 16:41-17:13; Luke 20:1-18; Numbers 18:1-19:22
May 21 Numbers 20:1-21; Luke 20:19-44
May 22 Numbers 20:22-21:9; Luke 20:45-21:19

Man’s self-exaltation causes a confusion of language. In his desire to make a name for himself, he brings the judgment of being divided and scattered. (Genesis 11:1–9) However, by the coming of the Holy Spirit, mankind is brought together and united in Christ. Language barriers are broken down as the people hear the wonderful works of God in their own native tongue. (Acts 2:1–21) Through the preaching of the cross, the Holy Spirit draws people from all nations into the one, holy, Christian, apostolic church. The Holy Spirit teaches and brings to our remembrance the words of Jesus, which are the words of the Father who sent Him. These words bestow forgiveness and peace to those who keep and hold on to them in love for Jesus. For He said, “Peace I leave with you, My peace I give to you; not as the world gives do I give to you. Let not your heart be troubled, neither let it be afraid.” (John 14:23–31)

Collect: O God our merciful Father, who taught the hearts of Your faithful people by sending to them the light of Your Holy Spirit, bring us by the same Spirit to have a right judgment in all things and evermore to rejoice in His holy comfort; through Jesus Christ, Your Son, our Lord, who with You and the Holy Spirit lives and reigns, one God, now and forever. Amen.

Old Testament: Genesis 11:1–9 [Confusion of languages]
Epistle: Acts 2:1–21 [Pentecost]
Holy Gospel: John 14:23–31 [Jesus goes to the Father]

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