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The Daily Readings for June 7, 2018

We've included both the Morning and Evening Psalms for the Daily Office; they are listed after the other readings. If you'd like to filter for a particular day's readings, you can do it at The Daily Readings Anytime.

Ecclesiastes 3:16-4:3

Moreover I saw under the sun that in the place of justice, wickedness was there, and in the place of righteousness, wickedness was there as well. I said in my heart, God will judge the righteous and the wicked, for he has appointed a time for every matter, and for every work. I said in my heart with regard to human beings that God is testing them to show that they are but animals. For the fate of humans and the fate of animals is the same; as one dies, so dies the other. They all have the same breath, and humans have no advantage over the animals; for all is vanity. All go to one place; all are from the dust, and all turn to dust again. Who knows whether the human spirit goes upward and the spirit of animals goes downward to the earth? So I saw that there is nothing better than that all should enjoy their work, for that is their lot; who can bring them to see what will be after them? Again I saw all the oppressions that are practiced under the sun. Look, the tears of the oppressed-- with no one to comfort them! On the side of their oppressors there was power-- with no one to comfort them. And I thought the dead, who have already died, more fortunate than the living, who are still alive; but better than both is the one who has not yet been, and has not seen the evil deeds that are done under the sun.

Galatians 3:1-14

You foolish Galatians! Who has bewitched you? It was before your eyes that Jesus Christ was publicly exhibited as crucified! The only thing I want to learn from you is this: Did you receive the Spirit by doing the works of the law or by believing what you heard? Are you so foolish? Having started with the Spirit, are you now ending with the flesh? Did you experience so much for nothing?-- if it really was for nothing. Well then, does God supply you with the Spirit and work miracles among you by your doing the works of the law, or by your believing what you heard? Just as Abraham "believed God, and it was reckoned to him as righteousness," so, you see, those who believe are the descendants of Abraham. And the scripture, foreseeing that God would justify the Gentiles by faith, declared the gospel beforehand to Abraham, saying, "All the Gentiles shall be blessed in you." For this reason, those who believe are blessed with Abraham who believed. For all who rely on the works of the law are under a curse; for it is written, "Cursed is everyone who does not observe and obey all the things written in the book of the law." Now it is evident that no one is justified before God by the law; for "The one who is righteous will live by faith." But the law does not rest on faith; on the contrary, "Whoever does the works of the law will live by them." Christ redeemed us from the curse of the law by becoming a curse for us-- for it is written, "Cursed is everyone who hangs on a tree"-- in order that in Christ Jesus the blessing of Abraham might come to the Gentiles, so that we might receive the promise of the Spirit through faith.

Matthew 14:13-21

Now when Jesus heard this, he withdrew from there in a boat to a deserted place by himself. But when the crowds heard it, they followed him on foot from the towns. When he went ashore, he saw a great crowd; and he had compassion for them and cured their sick. When it was evening, the disciples came to him and said, "This is a deserted place, and the hour is now late; send the crowds away so that they may go into the villages and buy food for themselves." Jesus said to them, "They need not go away; you give them something to eat." They replied, "We have nothing here but five loaves and two fish." And he said, "Bring them here to me." Then he ordered the crowds to sit down on the grass. Taking the five loaves and the two fish, he looked up to heaven, and blessed and broke the loaves, and gave them to the disciples, and the disciples gave them to the crowds. And all ate and were filled; and they took up what was left over of the broken pieces, twelve baskets full. And those who ate were about five thousand men, besides women and children.

Morning Psalms

Psalm 50 Deus deorum

  The LORD, the God of gods, has spoken; *
he has called the earth from the rising of the sun to its setting.
  Out of Zion, perfect in its beauty, *
God reveals himself in glory.
  Our God will come and will not keep silence; *
before him there is a consuming flame, and round about him a raging storm.
  He calls the heavens and the earth from above *
to witness the judgment of his people.
  Gather before me my loyal followers, *
those who have made a covenant with me and sealed it with sacrifice.
  Let the heavens declare the rightness of his cause; *
for God himself is judge.
  Hear, O my people, and I will speak: "O Israel, I will bear witness against you; *
for I am God, your God.
  I do not accuse you because of your sacrifices; *
your offerings are always before me.
  I will take no bull-calf from your stalls, *
nor he-goats out of your pens;
10   For all the beasts of the forest are mine, *
the herds in their thousands upon the hills.
11   I know every bird in the sky, *
and the creatures of the fields are in my sight.
12   If I were hungry, I would not tell you, *
for the whole world is mine and all that is in it.
13   Do you think I eat the flesh of bulls, *
or drink the blood of goats?
14   Offer to God a sacrifice of thanksgiving *
and make good your vows to the Most High.
15   Call upon me in the day of trouble; *
I will deliver you, and you shall honor me."
16   But to the wicked God says: *
"Why do you recite my statutes, and take my covenant upon your lips;
17   Since you refuse discipline, *
and toss my words behind your back?
18   When you see a thief, you make him your friend, *
and you cast in your lot with adulterers.
19   You have loosed your lips for evil, *
and harnessed your tongue to a lie.
20   You are always speaking evil of your brother *
and slandering your own mother's son.
21   These things you have done, and I kept still, *
and you thought that I am like you."
22   I have made my accusation; *
I have put my case in order before your eyes.
23   Consider this well, you who forget God, *
lest I rend you and there be none to deliver you.
24   Whoever offers me the sacrifice of thanksgiving honors me; *
but to those who keep in my way will I show the salvation of God."

Evening Psalms

Psalm 59 Eripe me de inimicis

  Rescue me from my enemies, O God; *
protect me from those who rise up against me.
  Rescue me from evildoers *
and save me from those who thirst for my blood.
  See how they lie in wait for my life, how the mighty gather together against me; *
not for any offense or fault of mine, O LORD.
  Not because of any guilt of mine *
they run and prepare themselves for battle.
  Rouse yourself, come to my side, and see; *
for you, LORD God of hosts, are Israel's God.
  Awake, and punish all the ungodly; *
show no mercy to those who are faithless and evil.
  They go to and fro in the evening; *
they snarl like dogs and run about the city.
  Behold, they boast with their mouths, and taunts are on their lips; *
"For who, they say, will hear us?"
  But you, O LORD, you laugh at them; *
you laugh all the ungodly to scorn.
10   My eyes are fixed on you, O my Strength; *
for you, O God, are my stronghold.
11   My merciful God comes to meet me; *
God will let me look in triumph on my enemies.
12   Slay them, O God, lest my people forget; *
send them reeling by your might and put them down, O Lord our shield.
13   For the sins of their mouths, for the words of their lips, for the cursing and lies that they utter, *
let them be caught in their pride.
14   Make an end of them in your wrath; *
make an end of them, and they shall be no more.
15   Let everyone know that God rules in Jacob, *
and to the ends of the earth.
16   They go to and fro in the evening; *
they snarl like dogs and run about the city.
17   They forage for food, *
and if they are not filled, they howl.
18   For my part, I will sing of your strength; *
I will celebrate your love in the morning;
19   For you have become my stronghold, *
a refuge in the day of my trouble.
20   To you, O my Strength, will I sing; *
for you, O God, are my stronghold and my merciful God.

Psalm 60 Deus, repulisti nos

  O God, you have cast us off and broken us; *
you have been angry; oh, take us back to you again.
  You have shaken the earth and split it open; *
repair the cracks in it, for it totters.
  You have made your people know hardship; *
you have given us wine that makes us stagger.
  You have set up a banner for those who fear you, *
to be a refuge from the power of the bow.
  Save us by your right hand and answer us, *
that those who are dear to you may be delivered.
  God spoke from his holy place and said: *
"I will exult and parcel out Shechem; I will divide the valley of Succoth.
  Gilead is mine and Manasseh is mine; *
Ephraim is my helmet and Judah my scepter.
  Moab is my wash-basin, on Edom I throw down my sandal to claim it, *
and over Philistia will I shout in triumph."
  Who will lead me into the strong city? *
who will bring me to Edom?
10   Have you not cast us off, O God? *
you no longer go out, O God, with our armies.
11   Grant us your help against the enemy, *
for vain is the help of man.
12   With God we will do valiant deeds, *
and he shall tread our enemies under foot.

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