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The Daily Readings for November 23, 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.

Zechariah 10:1-12

Ask rain from the LORD in the season of the spring rain, from the LORD who makes the storm clouds, who gives showers of rain to you, the vegetation in the field to everyone. For the teraphim utter nonsense, and the diviners see lies; the dreamers tell false dreams, and give empty consolation. Therefore the people wander like sheep; they suffer for lack of a shepherd. My anger is hot against the shepherds, and I will punish the leaders; for the LORD of hosts cares for his flock, the house of Judah, and will make them like his proud war-horse. Out of them shall come the cornerstone, out of them the tent peg, out of them the battle bow, out of them every commander. Together they shall be like warriors in battle, trampling the foe in the mud of the streets; they shall fight, for the LORD is with them, and they shall put to shame the riders on horses. I will strengthen the house of Judah, and I will save the house of Joseph. I will bring them back because I have compassion on them, and they shall be as though I had not rejected them; for I am the LORD their God and I will answer them. Then the people of Ephraim shall become like warriors, and their hearts shall be glad as with wine. Their children shall see it and rejoice, their hearts shall exult in the LORD. I will signal for them and gather them in, for I have redeemed them, and they shall be as numerous as they were before. Though I scattered them among the nations, yet in far countries they shall remember me, and they shall rear their children and return. I will bring them home from the land of Egypt, and gather them from Assyria; I will bring them to the land of Gilead and to Lebanon, until there is no room for them. They shall pass through the sea of distress, and the waves of the sea shall be struck down, and all the depths of the Nile dried up. The pride of Assyria shall be laid low, and the scepter of Egypt shall depart. I will make them strong in the LORD, and they shall walk in his name, says the LORD.

Galatians 6:1-10

My friends, if anyone is detected in a transgression, you who have received the Spirit should restore such a one in a spirit of gentleness. Take care that you yourselves are not tempted. Bear one another's burdens, and in this way you will fulfill the law of Christ. For if those who are nothing think they are something, they deceive themselves. All must test their own work; then that work, rather than their neighbor's work, will become a cause for pride. For all must carry their own loads. Those who are taught the word must share in all good things with their teacher. Do not be deceived; God is not mocked, for you reap whatever you sow. If you sow to your own flesh, you will reap corruption from the flesh; but if you sow to the Spirit, you will reap eternal life from the Spirit. So let us not grow weary in doing what is right, for we will reap at harvest time, if we do not give up. So then, whenever we have an opportunity, let us work for the good of all, and especially for those of the family of faith.

Luke 18:15-30

People were bringing even infants to him that he might touch them; and when the disciples saw it, they sternly ordered them not to do it. But Jesus called for them and said, "Let the little children come to me, and do not stop them; for it is to such as these that the kingdom of God belongs. Truly I tell you, whoever does not receive the kingdom of God as a little child will never enter it." A certain ruler asked him, "Good Teacher, what must I do to inherit eternal life?" Jesus said to him, "Why do you call me good? No one is good but God alone. You know the commandments: 'You shall not commit adultery; You shall not murder; You shall not steal; You shall not bear false witness; Honor your father and mother.'" He replied, "I have kept all these since my youth." When Jesus heard this, he said to him, "There is still one thing lacking. Sell all that you own and distribute the money to the poor, and you will have treasure in heaven; then come, follow me." But when he heard this, he became sad; for he was very rich. Jesus looked at him and said, "How hard it is for those who have wealth to enter the kingdom of God! Indeed, it is easier for a camel to go through the eye of a needle than for someone who is rich to enter the kingdom of God." Those who heard it said, "Then who can be saved?" He replied, "What is impossible for mortals is possible for God." Then Peter said, "Look, we have left our homes and followed you." And he said to them, "Truly I tell you, there is no one who has left house or wife or brothers or parents or children, for the sake of the kingdom of God, who will not get back very much more in this age, and in the age to come eternal life."

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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