Readings

Wednesday after the Fourth Sunday after Pentecost

    The Collect of the Day

    Proper 6

    The Sunday closest to June 15

    Keep, O Lord, your household the Church in your steadfast faith and love, that through your grace we may proclaim your truth with boldness, and minister your justice with compassion; for the sake of our Savior Jesus Christ, who lives and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit, one God, now and for ever. Amen.

    Psalms

    119

    Mem

    Quomodo dilexi!BCP p. 771

    97Oh, how I love your law! *all the day long it is in my mind.

    98Your commandment has made me wiser than my enemies, *and it is always with me.

    99I have more understanding than all my teachers, *for your decrees are my study.

    100I am wiser than the elders, *because I observe your commandments.

    101I restrain my feet from every evil way, *that I may keep your word.

    102I do not shrink from your judgments, *because you yourself have taught me.

    103How sweet are your words to my taste! *they are sweeter than honey to my mouth.

    104Through your commandments I gain understanding; *therefore I hate every lying way.

    Nun

    Lucerna pedibus meis

    105Your word is a lantern to my feet *and a light upon my path.

    106I have sworn and am determined *to keep your righteous judgments.

    107I am deeply troubled; *preserve my life, O Lord, according to your word.

    108Accept, O Lord, the willing tribute of my lips, *and teach me your judgments.

    109My life is always in my hand, *yet I do not forget your law.

    110The wicked have set a trap for me, *but I have not strayed from your commandments.

    111Your decrees are my inheritance for ever; *truly, they are the joy of my heart.

    112I have applied my heart to fulfill your statutes *for ever and to the end.

    Samekh

    Iniquos odio habui

    113I hate those who have a divided heart, *but your law do I love.

    114You are my refuge and shield; *my hope is in your word.

    115Away from me, you wicked! *I will keep the commandments of my God.

    116Sustain me according to your promise, that I may live, *and let me not be disappointed in my hope.

    117Hold me up, and I shall be safe, *and my delight shall be ever in your statutes.

    118You spurn all who stray from your statutes; *their deceitfulness is in vain.

    119In your sight all the wicked of the earth are but dross; *therefore I love your decrees.

    120My flesh trembles with dread of you; *I am afraid of your judgments.

    Daily Office Readings

    Num. 11:24-33[34-35]

    A Reading from the Book of Numbers.

    24 So Moses went out and told the people the words of the Lord; and he gathered seventy elders of the people, and placed them all around the tent. 25 Then the Lord came down in the cloud and spoke to him, and took some of the spirit that was on him and put it on the seventy elders; and when the spirit rested upon them, they prophesied. But they did not do so again. 26 Two men remained in the camp, one named Eldad, and the other named Medad, and the spirit rested on them; they were among those registered, but they had not gone out to the tent, and so they prophesied in the camp. 27 And a young man ran and told Moses, “Eldad and Medad are prophesying in the camp.” 28 And Joshua son of Nun, the assistant of Moses, one of his chosen men, said, “My lord Moses, stop them!” 29 But Moses said to him, “Are you jealous for my sake? Would that all the Lord’s people were prophets, and that the Lord would put his spirit on them!” 30 And Moses and the elders of Israel returned to the camp. 31 Then a wind went out from the Lord, and it brought quails from the sea and let them fall beside the camp, about a day’s journey on this side and a day’s journey on the other side, all around the camp, about two cubits deep on the ground. 32 So the people worked all that day and night and all the next day, gathering the quails; the least anyone gathered was ten homers; and they spread them out for themselves all around the camp. 33 But while the meat was still between their teeth, before it was consumed, the anger of the Lord was kindled against the people, and the Lord struck the people with a very great plague.[ 34 So that place was called Kibroth-hattaavah, because there they buried the people who had the craving. 35 From Kibroth-hattaavah the people journeyed to Hazeroth.]

    Rom. 1:28-2:11

    A Reading from the Letter to the Romans.

    28 And since they did not see fit to acknowledge God, God gave them up to a debased mind and to things that should not be done. 29 They were filled with every kind of wickedness, evil, covetousness, malice. Full of envy, murder, strife, deceit, craftiness, they are gossips, 30 slanderers, God-haters, insolent, haughty, boastful, inventors of evil, rebellious toward parents, 31 foolish, faithless, heartless, ruthless. 32 They know God’s decree, that those who practice such things deserve to die—yet they not only do them but even applaud others who practice them. 1 Therefore you have no excuse, whoever you are, when you judge others; for in passing judgment on another you condemn yourself, because you, the judge, are doing the very same things. 2 You say, “We know that God’s judgment on those who do such things is in accordance with truth.” 3 Do you imagine, whoever you are, that when you judge those who do such things and yet do them yourself, you will escape the judgment of God? 4 Or do you despise the riches of his kindness and forbearance and patience? Do you not realize that God’s kindness is meant to lead you to repentance? 5 But by your hard and impenitent heart you are storing up wrath for yourself on the day of wrath, when God’s righteous judgment will be revealed. 6 For he will repay according to each one’s deeds: 7 to those who by patiently doing good seek for glory and honor and immortality, he will give eternal life; 8 while for those who are self-seeking and who obey not the truth but wickedness, there will be wrath and fury. 9 There will be anguish and distress for everyone who does evil, the Jew first and also the Greek, 10 but glory and honor and peace for everyone who does good, the Jew first and also the Greek. 11 For God shows no partiality.

    Matt. 18:1-9

    A Reading from the Gospel According to Matthew.

    1 At that time the disciples came to Jesus and asked, “Who is the greatest in the kingdom of heaven?” 2 He called a child, whom he put among them, 3 and said, “Truly I tell you, unless you change and become like children, you will never enter the kingdom of heaven. 4 Whoever becomes humble like this child is the greatest in the kingdom of heaven. 5 Whoever welcomes one such child in my name welcomes me. 6 “If any of you put a stumbling block before one of these little ones who believe in me, it would be better for you if a great millstone were fastened around your neck and you were drowned in the depth of the sea. 7 Woe to the world because of stumbling blocks! Occasions for stumbling are bound to come, but woe to the one by whom the stumbling block comes! 8 “If your hand or your foot causes you to stumble, cut it off and throw it away; it is better for you to enter life maimed or lame than to have two hands or two feet and to be thrown into the eternal fire. 9 And if your eye causes you to stumble, tear it out and throw it away; it is better for you to enter life with one eye than to have two eyes and to be thrown into the hell of fire.