The Lord be with you!
(Your response) And also with you!
The Appointed Psalm for today is Psalm 37:1-18
11Do not fret yourself because of evildoers; do not be jealous of those who do wrong.2For they shall soon wither like the grass, and like the green grass fade away.3Put your trust in the LORD and do good; dwell in the land and feed on its riches.4Take delight in the LORD, and he shall give you your heart’s desire.5Commit your way to the LORD and put your trust in him, and he will bring it to pass.6He will make your righteousness as clear as the light and your just dealing as the noonday.7Be still before the LORD and wait patiently for him.8Do not fret yourself over the one who prospers, the one who succeeds in evil schemes.9Refrain from anger, leave rage alone; do not fret yourself; it leads only to evil.10For evildoers shall be cut off, but those who wait upon the LORD shall possess the land.11In a little while the wicked shall be no more; you shall search out their place, but they will not be there.12But the lowly shall possess the land; they will delight in abundance of peace.13The wicked plot against the righteous and gnash at them with their teeth.14The Lord laughs at the wicked, because he sees that their day will come.15The wicked draw their sword and bend their bow to strike down the poor and needy, to slaughter those who are upright in their ways.16Their sword shall go through their own heart, and their bow shall be broken.17The little that the righteous has is better than great riches of the wicked.18For the power of the wicked shall be broken, but the LORD upholds the righteous.
Brief Comment and Prayer: Dwell in the land God has given you. Delight in his blessings, know that as you commit your way to Him, He will guide and keep you. Do not focus on the wrong others do, you be faithful and encourage others to do so as opportunities arise. Better the peace of God and His favor than all riches and the acclaim of a world that does not honor Him. Lord God, thank you for your love and care. Grant us grace to keep our eyes fixed upon you. In the name of the Father, Son, and Holy Spirit. Amen.
The Appointed Gospel for today is John 9:1-17
1Now as Jesus passed by, He saw a man who was blind from birth. 2And His disciples asked Him, saying, “Rabbi, who sinned, this man or his parents, that he was born blind?” 3Jesus answered, “Neither this man nor his parents sinned, but that the works of God should be revealed in him. 4I must work the works of Him who sent Me while it is day; the night is coming when no one can work. 5As long as I am in the world, I am the light of the world.” 6When He had said these things, He spat on the ground and made clay with the saliva; and He anointed the eyes of the blind man with the clay. 7And He said to him, “Go, wash in the pool of Siloam” (which is translated, Sent). So he went and washed, and came back seeing. 8Therefore the neighbors and those who previously had seen that he was blind said, “Is not this he who sat and begged?” 9Some said, “This is he.” Others said, “He is like him.” He said, “I am he.” 10Therefore they said to him, “How were your eyes opened?” 11He answered and said, “A Man called Jesus made clay and anointed my eyes and said to me, ‘Go to the pool of Siloam and wash.’ So I went and washed, and I received sight.” 12Then they said to him, “Where is He?” He said, “I do not know.” 13They brought him who formerly was blind to the Pharisees. 14Now it was a Sabbath when Jesus made the clay and opened his eyes. 15Then the Pharisees also asked him again how he had received his sight. He said to them, “He put clay on my eyes, and I washed, and I see.” 16Therefore some of the Pharisees said, “This Man is not from God, because He does not keep the Sabbath.” Others said, “How can a man who is a sinner do such signs?” And there was a division among them. 17They said to the blind man again, “What do you say about Him because He opened your eyes?” He said, “He is a prophet.” — NKJV
Brief Comment and Prayer: Beware of quick judgments. God is at work in our lives more than we see at first, or may see at all. But if we in faith trust that He is at work, we open ourselves up to being able to see more than we could otherwise. Lord God, you know all things. Give us grace to trust in you in all things in this life. In the name of the Father, Son, and Holy Spirit.
Take a moment to reflect/mediate on the above Scriptures and let it inspire and direct you prayers as you are led by the Holy Spirit
Concluding Collect: Taken from the 1979 Book of Common Prayer, pg 232
Lord of all power and might, the author and giver of all good things: Graft in our hearts the love of your Name; increase in us true religion; nourish us with all goodness; and bring forth in us the fruit of good works; through Jesus Christ our Lord, who lives and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit, one God, forever and ever. Amen.