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The Daily Readings for May 12, 2022

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.

Ezekiel 47:1-12

Then he brought me back to the entrance of the temple; there, water was flowing from below the threshold of the temple toward the east (for the temple faced east); and the water was flowing down from below the south end of the threshold of the temple, south of the altar. Then he brought me out by way of the north gate, and led me around on the outside to the outer gate that faces toward the east; and the water was coming out on the south side. Going on eastward with a cord in his hand, the man measured one thousand cubits, and then led me through the water; and it was ankle-deep. Again he measured one thousand, and led me through the water; and it was knee-deep. Again he measured one thousand, and led me through the water; and it was up to the waist. Again he measured one thousand, and it was a river that I could not cross, for the water had risen; it was deep enough to swim in, a river that could not be crossed. He said to me, "Mortal, have you seen this?" Then he led me back along the bank of the river. As I came back, I saw on the bank of the river a great many trees on the one side and on the other. He said to me, "This water flows toward the eastern region and goes down into the Arabah; and when it enters the sea, the sea of stagnant waters, the water will become fresh. Wherever the river goes, every living creature that swarms will live, and there will be very many fish, once these waters reach there. It will become fresh; and everything will live where the river goes. People will stand fishing beside the sea from En-gedi to En-eglaim; it will be a place for the spreading of nets; its fish will be of a great many kinds, like the fish of the Great Sea. But its swamps and marshes will not become fresh; they are to be left for salt. On the banks, on both sides of the river, there will grow all kinds of trees for food. Their leaves will not wither nor their fruit fail, but they will bear fresh fruit every month, because the water for them flows from the sanctuary. Their fruit will be for food, and their leaves for healing."

1 John 3:11-18

For this is the message you have heard from the beginning, that we should love one another. We must not be like Cain who was from the evil one and murdered his brother. And why did he murder him? Because his own deeds were evil and his brother's righteous. Do not be astonished, brothers and sisters, that the world hates you. We know that we have passed from death to life because we love one another. Whoever does not love abides in death. All who hate a brother or sister are murderers, and you know that murderers do not have eternal life abiding in them. We know love by this, that he laid down his life for us-- and we ought to lay down our lives for one another. How does God's love abide in anyone who has the world's goods and sees a brother or sister in need and yet refuses help? Little children, let us love, not in word or speech, but in truth and action.

Matthew 10:34-42

"Do not think that I have come to bring peace to the earth; I have not come to bring peace, but a sword. For I have come to set a man against his father, and a daughter against her mother, and a daughter-in-law against her mother-in-law; and one's foes will be members of one's own household. Whoever loves father or mother more than me is not worthy of me; and whoever loves son or daughter more than me is not worthy of me; and whoever does not take up the cross and follow me is not worthy of me. Those who find their life will lose it, and those who lose their life for my sake will find it. "Whoever welcomes you welcomes me, and whoever welcomes me welcomes the one who sent me. Whoever welcomes a prophet in the name of a prophet will receive a prophet's reward; and whoever welcomes a righteous person in the name of a righteous person will receive the reward of the righteous; and whoever gives even a cup of cold water to one of these little ones in the name of a disciple-- truly I tell you, none of these will lose their reward."

Morning Psalms

Psalm 137 Super flumina

  By the waters of Babylon we sat down and wept, *
when we remembered you, O Zion.
  As for our harps, we hung them up *
on the trees in the midst of that land.
  For those who led us away captive asked us for a song, and our oppressors called for mirth: *
"Sing us one of the songs of Zion."
  How shall we sing the LORD'S song *
upon an alien soil?
  If I forget you, O Jerusalem, *
let my right hand forget its skill.
  Let my tongue cleave to the roof of my mouth if I do not remember you, *
if I do not set Jerusalem above my highest joy.
  Remember the day of Jerusalem, O LORD, against the people of Edom, *
who said, "Down with it! down with it! even to the ground!"
  O Daughter of Babylon, doomed to destruction, *
happy the one who pays you back for what you have done to us!
  Happy shall he be who takes your little ones, *
and dashes them against the rock!

Psalm 144 Benedictus Dominus

  Blessed be the LORD my rock! *
who trains my hands to fight and my fingers to battle;
  My help and my fortress, my stronghold and my deliverer, *
my shield in whom I trust, who subdues the peoples under me.
  O LORD, what are we that you should care for us? *
mere mortals that you should think of us?
  We are like a puff of wind; *
our days are like a passing shadow.
  Bow your heavens, O LORD, and come down; *
touch the mountains, and they shall smoke.
  Hurl the lightning and scatter them; *
shoot out your arrows and rout them.
  Stretch out your hand from on high; *
rescue me and deliver me from the great waters, from the hand of foreign peoples,
  Whose mouths speak deceitfully *
and whose right hand is raised in falsehood.
  O God, I will sing to you a new song; *
I will play to you on a ten-stringed lyre.
10   You give victory to kings *
and have rescued David your servant.
11   Rescue me from the hurtful sword *
and deliver me from the hand of foreign peoples,
12   Whose mouths speak deceitfully *
and whose right hand is raised in falsehood.
13   May our sons be like plants well nurtured from their youth, *
and our daughters like sculptured corners of a palace.
14   May our barns be filled to overflowing with all manner of crops; *
may the flocks in our pastures increase by thousands and tens of thousands; may our cattle be fat and sleek.
15   May there be no breaching of the walls, no going into exile, *
no wailing in the public squares.
16   Happy are the people of whom this is so! *
happy are the people whose God is the LORD!

Evening Psalms

Psalm 104 Benedic, anima mea

  Bless the LORD, O my soul; *
O LORD my God, how excellent is your greatness! you are clothed with majesty and splendor.
  You wrap yourself with light as with a cloak *
and spread out the heavens like a curtain.
  You lay the beams of your chambers in the waters above; *
you make the clouds your chariot; you ride on the wings of the wind.
  You make the winds your messengers *
and flames of fire your servants.
  You have set the earth upon its foundations, *
so that it never shall move at any time.
  You covered it with the Deep as with a mantle; *
the waters stood higher than the mountains.
  At your rebuke they fled; *
at the voice of your thunder they hastened away.
  They went up into the hills and down to the valleys beneath, *
to the places you had appointed for them.
  You set the limits that they should not pass; *
they shall not again cover the earth.
10   You send the springs into the valleys; *
they flow between the mountains.
11   All the beasts of the field drink their fill from them, *
and the wild asses quench their thirst.
12   Beside them the birds of the air make their nests *
and sing among the branches.
13   You water the mountains from your dwelling on high; *
the earth is fully satisfied by the fruit of your works.
14   You make grass grow for flocks and herds *
and plants to serve mankind;
15   That they may bring forth food from the earth, *
and wine to gladden our hearts,
16   Oil to make a cheerful countenance, *
and bread to strengthen the heart.
17   The trees of the LORD are full of sap, *
the cedars of Lebanon which he planted,
18   In which the birds build their nests, *
and in whose tops the stork makes his dwelling.
19   The high hills are a refuge for the mountain goats, *
and the stony cliffs for the rock badgers.
20   You appointed the moon to mark the seasons, *
and the sun knows the time of its setting.
21   You make darkness that it may be night, *
in which all the beasts of the forest prowl.
22   The lions roar after their prey *
and seek their food from God.
23   The sun rises, and they slip away *
and lay themselves down in their dens.
24   Man goes forth to his work *
and to his labor until the evening.
25   O LORD, how manifold are your works! *
in wisdom you have made them all; the earth is full of your creatures.
26   Yonder is the great and wide sea with its living things too many to number, *
creatures both small and great.
27   There move the ships, and there is that Leviathan, *
which you have made for the sport of it.
28   All of them look to you *
to give them their food in due season.
29   You give it to them; they gather it; *
you open your hand, and they are filled with good things.
30   You hide your face, and they are terrified; *
you take away their breath, and they die and return to their dust.
31   You send forth your Spirit, and they are created; *
and so you renew the face of the earth.
32   May the glory of the LORD endure for ever; *
may the LORD rejoice in all his works.
33   He looks at the earth and it trembles; *
he touches the mountains and they smoke.
34   I will sing to the LORD as long as I live; *
I will praise my God while I have my being.
35   May these words of mine please him; *
I will rejoice in the LORD.
36   Let sinners be consumed out of the earth, *
and the wicked be no more.
37   Bless the LORD, O my soul. *
Hallelujah!

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