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, March 11, 2013

Daily Prayer, Monday, March 11, 2013

May those who sow in tears reap with shouts of joy.
Those who go out weeping, bearing the seed for sowing,
shall come home with shouts of joy, carrying their sheaves.

Invitatory Psalm 95

Psalms 57, 61, 64

Daily Lectionary Reading, John 2:1-6

Six days before Passover, Jesus came to Bethany, home of Lazarus, whom Jesus had raised from the dead. 2 Lazarus and his sisters hosted a dinner for him. Martha served and Lazarus was among those who joined him at the table. 3 Then Mary took an extraordinary amount, almost three-quarters of a pound, [h] of very expensive perfume made of pure nard. She anointed Jesus’ feet with it, then wiped his feet dry with her hair. The house was filled with the aroma of the perfume. 4 Judas Iscariot, one of his disciples (the one who was about to betray him), complained, 5 “ This perfume was worth a year’s wages! [i] Why wasn’t it sold and the money given to the poor? ” ( 6 He said this not because he cared about the poor but because he was a thief. He carried the money bag and would take what was in it.)
h  Or a litra, a Roman pound, approximately twelve ounces
i  Or three hundred denaria

Prayer for Today: God, inspire generosity within us. We don't always find it easy to give to others. We also need help in suspending our judgment of others who display generosity in ways unfamiliar to us. Amen.

Midday Psalm 119:89-96

Psalm 87, 88, 91

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