Wednesday, June 22, 2011

Daily Readings for June 26-July 2, 2011


Wisdom has issued an invitation to the divine feast: “Come, eat of my bread and drink of the wine I have mixed. Forsake foolishness and live” (Proverbs 9:1–10). This is the call of the Spirit of Christ to believe the Gospel and to receive His saving gifts in the Holy Supper. Many make excuses and reject this invitation, even as the Jews did in the days of Jesus, yet the Master’s house will be filled. The Gospel call therefore goes out to the lowly and despised, into the highways, even to all the Gentiles (Luke 14:15–24). For “you who once were far off have been brought near by the blood of Christ” (Ephesians 2:13–22). In Christ, believing Jews and Gentiles are no longer strangers but fellow members of the household of God. The enmity of class and race is put to death through the cross. Having been reconciled in the one body of Christ, we are enabled to love one another (1 John 3:13–18) as we await the marriage feast of the Lamb in His kingdom which will have no end.

Collect: O Lord, who never fails to help and govern those whom You bring up in Your steadfast fear and love, make us to have a perpetual fear and love of Your holy name; through Jesus Christ, Your Son, our Lord . Amen.

Old Testament: Proverbs 9:1–10
Epistle: 1 John 3:13–18
Holy Gospel: Luke 14:15–24

Daily Lectionary For June 26–July 2
June 26 Joshua 1:1-18; Acts 8:1-25
June 27 Joshua 2:1-24; Acts 8:26-40
June 28 Joshua 3:1-17; Acts 9:1-22
June 29 St Peter & St Paul Joshua 4:1-24; Acts 9:23-43
June 30 Joshua 5:1-6:5; Acts 10:1-17
July 1 Joshua 6:6-27; Acts 10:18-33
July 2 Looking ahead to next week  Proverbs 9:1–10, 1 John 3:13–18, Luke 14:15–24

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