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The Daily Readings for March 26, 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.

Exodus 1:6-22

Then Joseph died, and all his brothers, and that whole generation. But the Israelites were fruitful and prolific; they multiplied and grew exceedingly strong, so that the land was filled with them. Now a new king arose over Egypt, who did not know Joseph. He said to his people, "Look, the Israelite people are more numerous and more powerful than we. Come, let us deal shrewdly with them, or they will increase and, in the event of war, join our enemies and fight against us and escape from the land." Therefore they set taskmasters over them to oppress them with forced labor. They built supply cities, Pithom and Rameses, for Pharaoh. But the more they were oppressed, the more they multiplied and spread, so that the Egyptians came to dread the Israelites. The Egyptians became ruthless in imposing tasks on the Israelites, and made their lives bitter with hard service in mortar and brick and in every kind of field labor. They were ruthless in all the tasks that they imposed on them. The king of Egypt said to the Hebrew midwives, one of whom was named Shiphrah and the other Puah, "When you act as midwives to the Hebrew women, and see them on the birthstool, if it is a boy, kill him; but if it is a girl, she shall live." But the midwives feared God; they did not do as the king of Egypt commanded them, but they let the boys live. So the king of Egypt summoned the midwives and said to them, "Why have you done this, and allowed the boys to live?" The midwives said to Pharaoh, "Because the Hebrew women are not like the Egyptian women; for they are vigorous and give birth before the midwife comes to them." So God dealt well with the midwives; and the people multiplied and became very strong. And because the midwives feared God, he gave them families. Then Pharaoh commanded all his people, "Every boy that is born to the Hebrews you shall throw into the Nile, but you shall let every girl live."

1 Corinthians 12:12-26

For just as the body is one and has many members, and all the members of the body, though many, are one body, so it is with Christ. For in the one Spirit we were all baptized into one body-- Jews or Greeks, slaves or free-- and we were all made to drink of one Spirit. Indeed, the body does not consist of one member but of many. If the foot would say, "Because I am not a hand, I do not belong to the body," that would not make it any less a part of the body. And if the ear would say, "Because I am not an eye, I do not belong to the body," that would not make it any less a part of the body. If the whole body were an eye, where would the hearing be? If the whole body were hearing, where would the sense of smell be? But as it is, God arranged the members in the body, each one of them, as he chose. If all were a single member, where would the body be? As it is, there are many members, yet one body. The eye cannot say to the hand, "I have no need of you," nor again the head to the feet, "I have no need of you." On the contrary, the members of the body that seem to be weaker are indispensable, and those members of the body that we think less honorable we clothe with greater honor, and our less respectable members are treated with greater respect; whereas our more respectable members do not need this. But God has so arranged the body, giving the greater honor to the inferior member, that there may be no dissension within the body, but the members may have the same care for one another. If one member suffers, all suffer together with it; if one member is honored, all rejoice together with it.

Mark 8:27-9:1

Jesus went on with his disciples to the villages of Caesarea Philippi; and on the way he asked his disciples, "Who do people say that I am?" And they answered him, "John the Baptist; and others, Elijah; and still others, one of the prophets." He asked them, "But who do you say that I am?" Peter answered him, "You are the Messiah." And he sternly ordered them not to tell anyone about him. Then he began to teach them that the Son of Man must undergo great suffering, and be rejected by the elders, the chief priests, and the scribes, and be killed, and after three days rise again. He said all this quite openly. And Peter took him aside and began to rebuke him. But turning and looking at his disciples, he rebuked Peter and said, "Get behind me, Satan! For you are setting your mind not on divine things but on human things." He called the crowd with his disciples, and said to them, "If any want to become my followers, let them deny themselves and take up their cross and follow me. For those who want to save their life will lose it, and those who lose their life for my sake, and for the sake of the gospel, will save it. For what will it profit them to gain the whole world and forfeit their life? Indeed, what can they give in return for their life? Those who are ashamed of me and of my words in this adulterous and sinful generation, of them the Son of Man will also be ashamed when he comes in the glory of his Father with the holy angels." And he said to them, "Truly I tell you, there are some standing here who will not taste death until they see that the kingdom of God has come with power."

Morning Psalms

Psalm 69 Salvum me fac

  Save me, O God, *
for the waters have risen up to my neck.
  I am sinking in deep mire, *
and there is no firm ground for my feet.
  I have come into deep waters, *
and the torrent washes over me.
  I have grown weary with my crying; my throat is inflamed; *
my eyes have failed from looking for my God.
  Those who hate me without a cause are more than the hairs of my head; my lying foes who would destroy me are mighty. *
Must I then give back what I never stole?
  O God, you know my foolishness, *
and my faults are not hidden from you.
  Let not those who hope in you be put to shame through me, Lord GOD of hosts; *
let not those who seek you be disgraced because of me, O God of Israel.
  Surely, for your sake have I suffered reproach, *
and shame has covered my face.
  I have become a stranger to my own kindred, *
an alien to my mother's children.
10   Zeal for your house has eaten me up; *
the scorn of those who scorn you has fallen upon me.
11   I humbled myself with fasting, *
but that was turned to my reproach.
12   I put on sack-cloth also, *
and became a byword among them.
13   Those who sit at the gate murmur against me, *
and the drunkards make songs about me.
14   But as for me, this is my prayer to you, *
at the time you have set, O LORD:
15   In your great mercy, O God, *
answer me with your unfailing help.
16   Save me from the mire; do not let me sink; *
let me be rescued from those who hate me and out of the deep waters.
17   Let not the torrent of waters wash over me, neither let the deep swallow me up; *
do not let the Pit shut its mouth upon me.
18   Answer me, O LORD, for your love is kind; *
in your great compassion, turn to me."
19   Hide not your face from your servant; *
be swift and answer me, for I am in distress.
20   Draw near to me and redeem me; *
because of my enemies deliver me.
21   You know my reproach, my shame, and my dishonor; *
my adversaries are all in your sight."
22   Reproach has broken my heart, and it cannot be healed; *
I looked for sympathy, but there was none, for comforters, but I could find no one.
23   They gave me gall to eat, *
and when I was thirsty, they gave me vinegar to drink.
24   Let the table before them be a trap *
and their sacred feasts a snare.
25   Let their eyes be darkened, that they may not see, *
and give them continual trembling in their loins.
26   Pour out your indignation upon them, *
and let the fierceness of your anger overtake them.
27   Let their camp be desolate, *
and let there be none to dwell in their tents.
28   For they persecute him whom you have stricken *
and add to the pain of those whom you have pierced.
29   Lay to their charge guilt upon guilt, *
and let them not receive your vindication.
30   Let them be wiped out of the book of the living *
and not be written among the righteous.
31   As for me, I am afflicted and in pain; *
your help, O God, will lift me up on high.
32   I will praise the Name of God in song; *
I will proclaim his greatness with thanksgiving.
33   This will please the LORD more than an offering of oxen, *
more than bullocks with horns and hoofs.
34   The afflicted shall see and be glad; *
you who seek God, your heart shall live.
35   For the LORD listens to the needy, *
and his prisoners he does not despise.
36   Let the heavens and the earth praise him, *
the seas and all that moves in them;
37   For God will save Zion and rebuild the cities of Judah; *
they shall live there and have it in possession.
38   The children of his servants will inherit it, *
and those who love his Name will dwell therein.

Evening Psalms

Psalm 73 Quam bonus Israel!

  Truly, God is good to Israel, *
to those who are pure in heart.
  But as for me, my feet had nearly slipped; *
I had almost tripped and fallen;
  Because I envied the proud *
and saw the prosperity of the wicked:
  For they suffer no pain, *
and their bodies are sleek and sound;
  In the misfortunes of others they have no share; *
they are not afflicted as others are;
  Therefore they wear their pride like a necklace *
and wrap their violence about them like a cloak.
  Their iniquity comes from gross minds, *
and their hearts overflow with wicked thoughts.
  They scoff and speak maliciously; *
out of their haughtiness they plan oppression.
  They set their mouths against the heavens, *
and their evil speech runs through the world.
10   And so the people turn to them *
and find in them no fault.
11   They say, "How should God know? *
is there knowledge in the Most High?"
12   So then, these are the wicked; *
always at ease, they increase their wealth.
13   In vain have I kept my heart clean, *
and washed my hands in innocence.
14   I have been afflicted all day long, *
and punished every morning.
15   Had I gone on speaking this way, *
I should have betrayed the generation of your children.
16   When I tried to understand these things, *
it was too hard for me;
17   Until I entered the sanctuary of God *
and discerned the end of the wicked.
18   Surely, you set them in slippery places; *
you cast them down in ruin.
19   Oh, how suddenly do they come to destruction, *
come to an end, and perish from terror!
20   Like a dream when one awakens, O Lord, *
when you arise you will make their image vanish.
21   When my mind became embittered, *
I was sorely wounded in my heart.
22   I was stupid and had no understanding; *
I was like a brute beast in your presence.
23   Yet I am always with you; *
you hold me by my right hand.
24   You will guide me by your counsel, *
and afterwards receive me with glory.
25   Whom have I in heaven but you? *
and having you I desire nothing upon earth.
26   Though my flesh and my heart should waste away, *
God is the strength of my heart and my portion for ever.
27   Truly, those who forsake you will perish; *
you destroy all who are unfaithful.
28   But it is good for me to be near God; *
I have made the Lord GOD my refuge.
29   I will speak of all your works *
in the gates of the city of Zion.

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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