Thursday, July 22, 2010

August 16-22, 2010 Daily Readings

Daily Lectionary

August 16 2 Samuel 6:1–19; 1 Corinthians 9:1–23
August 17 2 Samuel 7:1–17; 1 Corinthians 9:24—10:22
August 18 2 Samuel 7:18–29; 1 Corinthians 10:23—11:16
August 19 2 Samuel 11:1–27; 1 Corinthians 11:17–34
August 20 2 Samuel 12:1–25; 1 Corinthians 12:1–13
August 21 1 Kings 1:1–4, 15–35; 1 Corinthians 12:14–31
August 22 1 Kings 2:1–27; 1 Corinthians 13:1–13

Next Weeks Lessons: The Eleventh Sunday After Trinity

“The Lord respected Abel and his offering, but He did not respect Cain and his offering” (Genesis 4:1–15). For unlike Abel, Cain’s offering did not proceed from a heart that revered and trusted in the Lord. Thus, the lowly tax collector who prayed, “God be merciful to me, sinner!” was the one who went down to his house justified before God, not the respectable, outwardly righteous Pharisee who trusted in himself and his own good living (Luke 18:9–14). “For by grace you have been saved through faith, and that not of yourselves; it is the gift of God, not of works, lest anyone should boast” (Ephesians 2:1–10). The one who penitently despairs of his own righteousness and relies completely on the atoning mercy of God in Christ is the one who is declared righteous. For Christ died for our sins and rose again the third day (1 Corinthians 15:1–10). Therefore, “everyone who exalts himself will be humbled, and he who humbles himself will be exalted.”

Collect: Almighty and everlasting God, who are always more ready to hear than we to pray and give more than we either desire or deserve, pour down upon us the abundance of Your mercy, forgiving those things of which our conscience is afraid and giving us those good things that we are not worthy to ask, except through the merits and mediation of Christ, our Lord; through the same Jesus Christ, Your Son, our Lord. Amen.

Old Testament: Genesis 4:1–15
Epistle: Ephesians 2:1–10
Holy Gospel: Luke 18:9–14

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