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The Daily Readings for May 15, 2020

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.

Leviticus 23:1-22

The LORD spoke to Moses, saying: Speak to the people of Israel and say to them: These are the appointed festivals of the LORD that you shall proclaim as holy convocations, my appointed festivals. Six days shall work be done; but the seventh day is a sabbath of complete rest, a holy convocation; you shall do no work: it is a sabbath to the LORD throughout your settlements. These are the appointed festivals of the LORD, the holy convocations, which you shall celebrate at the time appointed for them. In the first month, on the fourteenth day of the month, at twilight, there shall be a passover offering to the LORD, and on the fifteenth day of the same month is the festival of unleavened bread to the LORD; seven days you shall eat unleavened bread. On the first day you shall have a holy convocation; you shall not work at your occupations. For seven days you shall present the LORD's offerings by fire; on the seventh day there shall be a holy convocation: you shall not work at your occupations. The LORD spoke to Moses: Speak to the people of Israel and say to them: When you enter the land that I am giving you and you reap its harvest, you shall bring the sheaf of the first fruits of your harvest to the priest. He shall raise the sheaf before the LORD, that you may find acceptance; on the day after the sabbath the priest shall raise it. On the day when you raise the sheaf, you shall offer a lamb a year old, without blemish, as a burnt offering to the LORD. And the grain offering with it shall be two-tenths of an ephah of choice flour mixed with oil, an offering by fire of pleasing odor to the LORD; and the drink offering with it shall be of wine, one-fourth of a hin. You shall eat no bread or parched grain or fresh ears until that very day, until you have brought the offering of your God: it is a statute forever throughout your generations in all your settlements. And from the day after the sabbath, from the day on which you bring the sheaf of the elevation offering, you shall count off seven weeks; they shall be complete. You shall count until the day after the seventh sabbath, fifty days; then you shall present an offering of new grain to the LORD. You shall bring from your settlements two loaves of bread as an elevation offering, each made of two-tenths of an ephah; they shall be of choice flour, baked with leaven, as first fruits to the LORD. You shall present with the bread seven lambs a year old without blemish, one young bull, and two rams; they shall be a burnt offering to the LORD, along with their grain offering and their drink offerings, an offering by fire of pleasing odor to the LORD. You shall also offer one male goat for a sin offering, and two male lambs a year old as a sacrifice of well-being. The priest shall raise them with the bread of the first fruits as an elevation offering before the LORD, together with the two lambs; they shall be holy to the LORD for the priest. On that same day you shall make proclamation; you shall hold a holy convocation; you shall not work at your occupations. This is a statute forever in all your settlements throughout your generations. When you reap the harvest of your land, you shall not reap to the very edges of your field, or gather the gleanings of your harvest; you shall leave them for the poor and for the alien: I am the LORD your God.

2 Thessalonians 2:1-17

As to the coming of our Lord Jesus Christ and our being gathered together to him, we beg you, brothers and sisters, not to be quickly shaken in mind or alarmed, either by spirit or by word or by letter, as though from us, to the effect that the day of the Lord is already here. Let no one deceive you in any way; for that day will not come unless the rebellion comes first and the lawless one is revealed, the one destined for destruction. He opposes and exalts himself above every so-called god or object of worship, so that he takes his seat in the temple of God, declaring himself to be God. Do you not remember that I told you these things when I was still with you? And you know what is now restraining him, so that he may be revealed when his time comes. For the mystery of lawlessness is already at work, but only until the one who now restrains it is removed. And then the lawless one will be revealed, whom the Lord Jesus will destroy with the breath of his mouth, annihilating him by the manifestation of his coming. The coming of the lawless one is apparent in the working of Satan, who uses all power, signs, lying wonders, and every kind of wicked deception for those who are perishing, because they refused to love the truth and so be saved. For this reason God sends them a powerful delusion, leading them to believe what is false, so that all who have not believed the truth but took pleasure in unrighteousness will be condemned. But we must always give thanks to God for you, brothers and sisters beloved by the Lord, because God chose you as the first fruits for salvation through sanctification by the Spirit and through belief in the truth. For this purpose he called you through our proclamation of the good news, so that you may obtain the glory of our Lord Jesus Christ. So then, brothers and sisters, stand firm and hold fast to the traditions that you were taught by us, either by word of mouth or by our letter. Now may our Lord Jesus Christ himself and God our Father, who loved us and through grace gave us eternal comfort and good hope, comfort your hearts and strengthen them in every good work and word.

Matthew 7:1-12

"Do not judge, so that you may not be judged. For with the judgment you make you will be judged, and the measure you give will be the measure you get. Why do you see the speck in your neighbor's eye, but do not notice the log in your own eye? Or how can you say to your neighbor, 'Let me take the speck out of your eye,' while the log is in your own eye? You hypocrite, first take the log out of your own eye, and then you will see clearly to take the speck out of your neighbor's eye. "Do not give what is holy to dogs; and do not throw your pearls before swine, or they will trample them under foot and turn and maul you. "Ask, and it will be given you; search, and you will find; knock, and the door will be opened for you. For everyone who asks receives, and everyone who searches finds, and for everyone who knocks, the door will be opened. Is there anyone among you who, if your child asks for bread, will give a stone? Or if the child asks for a fish, will give a snake? If you then, who are evil, know how to give good gifts to your children, how much more will your Father in heaven give good things to those who ask him! "In everything do to others as you would have them do to you; for this is the law and the prophets.

Morning Psalms

Psalm 106: Part I Confitemini Domino

  Hallelujah! Give thanks to the LORD, for he is good, *
for his mercy endures for ever.
  Who can declare the mighty acts of the LORD *
or show forth all his praise?
  Happy are those who act with justice *
and always do what is right!
  Remember me, O LORD, with the favor you have for your people, *
and visit me with your saving help;
  That I may see the prosperity of your elect and be glad with the gladness of your people, *
that I may glory with your inheritance.
  We have sinned as our forebears did; *
we have done wrong and dealt wickedly.
  In Egypt they did not consider your marvelous works, nor remember the abundance of your love; *
they defied the Most High at the Red Sea.
  But he saved them for his Name's sake, *
to make his power known.
  He rebuked the Red Sea, and it dried up, *
and he led them through the deep as through a desert.
10   He saved them from the hand of those who hated them *
and redeemed them from the hand of the enemy.
11   The waters covered their oppressors; *
not one of them was left.
12   Then they believed his words *
and sang him songs of praise.
13   But they soon forgot his deeds *
and did not wait for his counsel.
14   A craving seized them in the wilderness, *
and they put God to the test in the desert.
15   He gave them what they asked, *
but sent leanness into their soul.
16   They envied Moses in the camp, *
and Aaron, the holy one of the LORD.
17   The earth opened and swallowed Dathan *
and covered the company of Abiram.
18   Fire blazed up against their company, *
and flames devoured the wicked.

Evening Psalms

Psalm 106: Part II Et fecerunt vitulum
19   Israel made a bull-calf at Horeb *
and worshiped a molten image;
20   And so they exchanged their Glory *
for the image of an ox that feeds on grass.
21   They forgot God their Savior, *
who had done great things in Egypt,
22   Wonderful deeds in the land of Ham, *
and fearful things at the Red Sea.
23   So he would have destroyed them, had not Moses his chosen stood before him in the breach, *
to turn away his wrath from consuming them.
24   They refused the pleasant land *
and would not believe his promise.
25   They grumbled in their tents *
and would not listen to the voice of the LORD.
26   So he lifted his hand against them, *
to overthrow them in the wilderness,
27   To cast out their seed among the nations, *
and to scatter them throughout the lands.
28   They joined themselves to Baal-Peor *
and ate sacrifices offered to the dead.
29   They provoked him to anger with their actions, *
and a plague broke out among them.
30   Then Phinehas stood up and interceded, *
and the plague came to an end.
31   This was reckoned to him as righteousness *
throughout all generations for ever.
32   Again they provoked his anger at the waters of Meribah, *
so that he punished Moses because of them;
33   For they so embittered his spirit *
that he spoke rash words with his lips.
34   They did not destroy the peoples *
as the LORD had commanded them.
35   They intermingled with the heathen *
and learned their pagan ways,
36   So that they worshiped their idols, *
which became a snare to them.
37   They sacrificed their sons *
and their daughters to evil spirits.
38   They shed innocent blood, the blood of their sons and daughters, *
which they offered to the idols of Canaan, and the land was defiled with blood.
39   Thus they were polluted by their actions *
and went whoring in their evil deeds.
40   Therefore the wrath of the LORD was kindled against his people *
and he abhorred his inheritance.
41   He gave them over to the hand of the heathen, *
and those who hated them ruled over them.
42   Their enemies oppressed them, *
and they were humbled under their hand.
43   Many a time did he deliver them, but they rebelled through their own devices, *
and were brought down in their iniquity.
44   Nevertheless, he saw their distress, *
when he heard their lamentation.
45   He remembered his covenant with them *
and relented in accordance with his great mercy.
46   He caused them to be pitied *
by those who held them captive.
47   Save us, O LORD our God, and gather us from among the nations, *
that we may give thanks to your holy Name and glory in your praise.
48   Blessed be the LORD, the God of Israel, from everlasting to everlasting; *
and let all the people say, "Amen!" Hallelujah!

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