It took a year to read the Bible, then almost 9 months to read the Apocrypha. Now, I'm going to try to offer reflections on the Narrative Lectionary. But, I won't be posting daily--at least, for a while.

Monday, July 25, 2011

Daily Prayer, Monday, July 25, 2011

Hear a just cause, O Lord; attend to my cry; give ear to my prayer from lips free of deceit.

Invitatory Psalm 95
O come, let us sing to the Lord:
let us make a joyful noise to the rock of our salvation!
We come into your presence with thanksgiving;
we make a joyful noise to you with songs of praise.
You, Lord, are a great God,

In your hands are the depths of the earth;
the heights of the mountains are yours also.
The sea is yours, for you have made it,
and the dry land, which your hands have formed.

O come, let us worship and bow down,
let us we kneel before our Maker!
For you are our God,
and we are the people of your pasture,
and the sheep of your hand.

Psalm 34

Daily Lectionary Reading, Matthew 14:13-18
13 When Jesus heard about John, he withdrew in a boat to a deserted place by himself. When the crowds learned this, they followed him on foot from the cities. 14 When Jesus arrived and saw a large crowd, he had compassion for them and healed those who were sick. 15 That evening his disciples came and said to him, “ This is an isolated place and it’s getting late. Send the crowds away so they can go into the villages and buy food for themselves. ” 16 But Jesus said to them, “ There’s no need to send them away. You give them something to eat. ” 17 They replied, “ We have nothing here except five loaves of bread and two fish. ” 18 He said, “ Bring them here to me. ” [Common English Bible]

Prayer for Today:
Long ago Jesus said, "It's your job to feed the hungry. Is that still true? Give us the wisdom to figure out how to handle this task. Amen

Lectio Divina:
The Lord is gracious and merciful, slow to anger and abounding in steadfast love. The Lord is good to all, and his compassion is over all that he has made (Psalm 145:8-9)

Midday Psalm 119:41-48

Psalms 46. 48, 49

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