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The Daily Readings for May 26, 2014

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 25:35-55

If any of your kin fall into difficulty and become dependent on you, you shall support them; they shall live with you as though resident aliens. Do not take interest in advance or otherwise make a profit from them, but fear your God; let them live with you. You shall not lend them your money at interest taken in advance, or provide them food at a profit. I am the LORD your God, who brought you out of the land of Egypt, to give you the land of Canaan, to be your God. If any who are dependent on you become so impoverished that they sell themselves to you, you shall not make them serve as slaves. They shall remain with you as hired or bound laborers. They shall serve with you until the year of the jubilee. Then they and their children with them shall be free from your authority; they shall go back to their own family and return to their ancestral property. For they are my servants, whom I brought out of the land of Egypt; they shall not be sold as slaves are sold. You shall not rule over them with harshness, but shall fear your God. As for the male and female slaves whom you may have, it is from the nations around you that you may acquire male and female slaves. You may also acquire them from among the aliens residing with you, and from their families that are with you, who have been born in your land; and they may be your property. You may keep them as a possession for your children after you, for them to inherit as property. These you may treat as slaves, but as for your fellow Israelites, no one shall rule over the other with harshness. If resident aliens among you prosper, and if any of your kin fall into difficulty with one of them and sell themselves to an alien, or to a branch of the alien's family, after they have sold themselves they shall have the right of redemption; one of their brothers may redeem them, or their uncle or their uncle's son may redeem them, or anyone of their family who is of their own flesh may redeem them; or if they prosper they may redeem themselves. They shall compute with the purchaser the total from the year when they sold themselves to the alien until the jubilee year; the price of the sale shall be applied to the number of years: the time they were with the owner shall be rated as the time of a hired laborer. If many years remain, they shall pay for their redemption in proportion to the purchase price; and if few years remain until the jubilee year, they shall compute thus: according to the years involved they shall make payment for their redemption. As a laborer hired by the year they shall be under the alien's authority, who shall not, however, rule with harshness over them in your sight. And if they have not been redeemed in any of these ways, they and their children with them shall go free in the jubilee year. For to me the people of Israel are servants; they are my servants whom I brought out from the land of Egypt: I am the LORD your God.

Colossians 1:9-14

For this reason, since the day we heard it, we have not ceased praying for you and asking that you may be filled with the knowledge of God's will in all spiritual wisdom and understanding, so that you may lead lives worthy of the Lord, fully pleasing to him, as you bear fruit in every good work and as you grow in the knowledge of God. May you be made strong with all the strength that comes from his glorious power, and may you be prepared to endure everything with patience, while joyfully giving thanks to the Father, who has enabled you to share in the inheritance of the saints in the light. He has rescued us from the power of darkness and transferred us into the kingdom of his beloved Son, in whom we have redemption, the forgiveness of sins.

Matthew 13:1-16

That same day Jesus went out of the house and sat beside the sea. Such great crowds gathered around him that he got into a boat and sat there, while the whole crowd stood on the beach. And he told them many things in parables, saying: "Listen! A sower went out to sow. And as he sowed, some seeds fell on the path, and the birds came and ate them up. Other seeds fell on rocky ground, where they did not have much soil, and they sprang up quickly, since they had no depth of soil. But when the sun rose, they were scorched; and since they had no root, they withered away. Other seeds fell among thorns, and the thorns grew up and choked them. Other seeds fell on good soil and brought forth grain, some a hundredfold, some sixty, some thirty. Let anyone with ears listen!" Then the disciples came and asked him, "Why do you speak to them in parables?" He answered, "To you it has been given to know the secrets of the kingdom of heaven, but to them it has not been given. For to those who have, more will be given, and they will have an abundance; but from those who have nothing, even what they have will be taken away. The reason I speak to them in parables is that 'seeing they do not perceive, and hearing they do not listen, nor do they understand.' With them indeed is fulfilled the prophecy of Isaiah that says: 'You will indeed listen, but never understand, and you will indeed look, but never perceive. For this people's heart has grown dull, and their ears are hard of hearing, and they have shut their eyes; so that they might not look with their eyes, and listen with their ears, and understand with their heart and turn-- and I would heal them.' But blessed are your eyes, for they see, and your ears, for they hear.

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.

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