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The Daily Readings for March 16, 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.

Genesis 44:18-34

Then Judah stepped up to him and said, "O my lord, let your servant please speak a word in my lord's ears, and do not be angry with your servant; for you are like Pharaoh himself. My lord asked his servants, saying, 'Have you a father or a brother?' And we said to my lord, 'We have a father, an old man, and a young brother, the child of his old age. His brother is dead; he alone is left of his mother's children, and his father loves him.' Then you said to your servants, 'Bring him down to me, so that I may set my eyes on him.' We said to my lord, 'The boy cannot leave his father, for if he should leave his father, his father would die.' Then you said to your servants, 'Unless your youngest brother comes down with you, you shall see my face no more.' When we went back to your servant my father we told him the words of my lord. And when our father said, 'Go again, buy us a little food,' we said, 'We cannot go down. Only if our youngest brother goes with us, will we go down; for we cannot see the man's face unless our youngest brother is with us.' Then your servant my father said to us, 'You know that my wife bore me two sons; one left me, and I said, Surely he has been torn to pieces; and I have never seen him since. If you take this one also from me, and harm comes to him, you will bring down my gray hairs in sorrow to Sheol.' Now therefore, when I come to your servant my father and the boy is not with us, then, as his life is bound up in the boy's life, when he sees that the boy is not with us, he will die; and your servants will bring down the gray hairs of your servant our father with sorrow to Sheol. For your servant became surety for the boy to my father, saying, 'If I do not bring him back to you, then I will bear the blame in the sight of my father all my life.' Now therefore, please let your servant remain as a slave to my lord in place of the boy; and let the boy go back with his brothers. For how can I go back to my father if the boy is not with me? I fear to see the suffering that would come upon my father."

1 Corinthians 7:25-31

Now concerning virgins, I have no command of the Lord, but I give my opinion as one who by the Lord's mercy is trustworthy. I think that, in view of the impending crisis, it is well for you to remain as you are. Are you bound to a wife? Do not seek to be free. Are you free from a wife? Do not seek a wife. But if you marry, you do not sin, and if a virgin marries, she does not sin. Yet those who marry will experience distress in this life, and I would spare you that. I mean, brothers and sisters, the appointed time has grown short; from now on, let even those who have wives be as though they had none, and those who mourn as though they were not mourning, and those who rejoice as though they were not rejoicing, and those who buy as though they had no possessions, and those who deal with the world as though they had no dealings with it. For the present form of this world is passing away.

Mark 5:21-43

When Jesus had crossed again in the boat to the other side, a great crowd gathered around him; and he was by the sea. Then one of the leaders of the synagogue named Jairus came and, when he saw him, fell at his feet and begged him repeatedly, "My little daughter is at the point of death. Come and lay your hands on her, so that she may be made well, and live." So he went with him. And a large crowd followed him and pressed in on him. Now there was a woman who had been suffering from hemorrhages for twelve years. She had endured much under many physicians, and had spent all that she had; and she was no better, but rather grew worse. She had heard about Jesus, and came up behind him in the crowd and touched his cloak, for she said, "If I but touch his clothes, I will be made well." Immediately her hemorrhage stopped; and she felt in her body that she was healed of her disease. Immediately aware that power had gone forth from him, Jesus turned about in the crowd and said, "Who touched my clothes?" And his disciples said to him, "You see the crowd pressing in on you; how can you say, 'Who touched me?'" He looked all around to see who had done it. But the woman, knowing what had happened to her, came in fear and trembling, fell down before him, and told him the whole truth. He said to her, "Daughter, your faith has made you well; go in peace, and be healed of your disease." While he was still speaking, some people came from the leader's house to say, "Your daughter is dead. Why trouble the teacher any further?" But overhearing what they said, Jesus said to the leader of the synagogue, "Do not fear, only believe." He allowed no one to follow him except Peter, James, and John, the brother of James. When they came to the house of the leader of the synagogue, he saw a commotion, people weeping and wailing loudly. When he had entered, he said to them, "Why do you make a commotion and weep? The child is not dead but sleeping." And they laughed at him. Then he put them all outside, and took the child's father and mother and those who were with him, and went in where the child was. He took her by the hand and said to her, "Talitha cum," which means, "Little girl, get up!" And immediately the girl got up and began to walk about (she was twelve years of age). At this they were overcome with amazement. He strictly ordered them that no one should know this, and told them to give her something to eat.

Morning Psalms

Psalm 80 Qui regis Israel

  Hear, O Shepherd of Israel, leading Joseph like a flock; *
shine forth, you that are enthroned upon the cherubim.
  In the presence of Ephraim, Benjamin, and Manasseh, *
stir up your strength and come to help us.
  Restore us, O God of hosts; *
show the light of your countenance, and we shall be saved.
  O LORD God of hosts, *
how long will you be angered despite the prayers of your people?
  You have fed them with the bread of tears; *
you have given them bowls of tears to drink.
  You have made us the derision of our neighbors, *
and our enemies laugh us to scorn.
  Restore us, O God of hosts; *
show the light of your countenance, and we shall be saved.
  You have brought a vine out of Egypt; *
you cast out the nations and planted it.
  You prepared the ground for it; *
it took root and filled the land.
10   The mountains were covered by its shadow *
and the towering cedar trees by its boughs.
11   You stretched out its tendrils to the Sea *
and its branches to the River.
12   Why have you broken down its wall, *
so that all who pass by pluck off its grapes?
13   The wild boar of the forest has ravaged it, *
and the beasts of the field have grazed upon it.
14   Turn now, O God of hosts, look down from heaven; behold and tend this vine; *
preserve what your right hand has planted.
15   They burn it with fire like rubbish; *
at the rebuke of your countenance let them perish.
16   Let your hand be upon the man of your right hand, *
the son of man you have made so strong for yourself.
17   And so will we never turn away from you; *
give us life, that we may call upon your Name.
18   Restore us, O LORD God of hosts; *
show the light of your countenance, and we shall be saved.

Evening Psalms

Psalm 77 Voce mea ad Dominum

  I will cry aloud to God; *
I will cry aloud, and he will hear me.
  In the day of my trouble I sought the Lord; *
my hands were stretched out by night and did not tire; I refused to be comforted.
  I think of God, I am restless, *
I ponder, and my spirit faints.
  You will not let my eyelids close; *
I am troubled and I cannot speak.
  I consider the days of old; *
I remember the years long past;
  I commune with my heart in the night; *
I ponder and search my mind.
  Will the Lord cast me off for ever? *
will he no more show his favor?
  Has his loving-kindness come to an end for ever? *
has his promise failed for evermore?
  Has God forgotten to be gracious? *
has he, in his anger, withheld his compassion?
10   And I said, "My grief is this: *
the right hand of the Most High has lost its power."
11   I will remember the works of the LORD, *
and call to mind your wonders of old time.
12   I will meditate on all your acts *
and ponder your mighty deeds.
13   Your way, O God, is holy; *
who is so great a god as our God?
14   You are the God who works wonders *
and have declared your power among the peoples.
15   By your strength you have redeemed your people, *
the children of Jacob and Joseph.
16   The waters saw you, O God; the waters saw you and trembled; *
the very depths were shaken.
17   The clouds poured out water; the skies thundered; *
your arrows flashed to and fro;
18   The sound of your thunder was in the whirlwind; your lightnings lit up the world; *
the earth trembled and shook.
19   Your way was in the sea, and your paths in the great waters, *
yet your footsteps were not seen.
20   You led your people like a flock *
by the hand of Moses and Aaron.

Psalm 79 Deus, venerunt

  O God, the heathen have come into your inheritance; they have profaned your holy temple; *
they have made Jerusalem a heap of rubble.
  They have given the bodies of your servants as food for the birds of the air, *
and the flesh of your faithful ones to the beasts of the field.
  They have shed their blood like water on every side of Jerusalem, *
and there was no one to bury them.
  We have become a reproach to our neighbors, *
an object of scorn and derision to those around us.
  How long will you be angry, O LORD? *
will your fury blaze like fire for ever?
  Pour out your wrath upon the heathen who have not known you *
and upon the kingdoms that have not called upon your Name.
  For they have devoured Jacob *
and made his dwelling a ruin.
  Remember not our past sins; let your compassion be swift to meet us; *
for we have been brought very low.
  Help us, O God our Savior, for the glory of your Name; *
deliver us and forgive us our sins, for your Name's sake.
10   Why should the heathen say, "Where is their God?" *
Let it be known among the heathen and in our sight that you avenge the shedding of your servants' blood.
11   Let the sorrowful sighing of the prisoners come before you, *
and by your great might spare those who are condemned to die.
12   May the revilings with which they reviled you, O Lord, *
return seven-fold into their bosoms.
13   For we are your people and the sheep of your pasture; *
we will give you thanks for ever and show forth your praise from age to age.

New Revised Standard Version Bible, copyright 1989, Division of Christian Education of the National Council of the Churches of Christ in the United States of America. Used by permission. All rights reserved. The New Revised Standard Version Bible may be quoted and/or reprinted up to and inclusive of five hundred (500) verses without express written permission of the publisher, provided the verses quoted do not amount to a complete book of the Bible or account for fifty percent (50%) of the total work in which they are quoted.

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