Friday Readings: Preparation for the Eighth Sunday after Epiphany (Year A : Epiphany 8.2)

Hebrew Scripture: Isaiah 26:1-6

On that day this song will be sung in the land of Judah:

We have a strong city;
he sets up victory like walls and bulwarks.

Open the gates, so that the righteous nation
that keeps faith may enter in.

Those of steadfast mind you keep in peace–
in peace because they trust in you.

Trust in the Lord forever,
for in the Lord God you have an everlasting rock.

For he has brought low the inhabitants of the height;
the lofty city he lays low.
He lays it low to the ground, casts it to the dust.
The foot tramples it, the feet of the poor, the steps of the needy.

Psalm 131

O Lord, my heart is not lifted up,
my eyes are not raised too high;
I do not occupy myself with things too great
and too marvelous for me.

But I have calmed and quieted my soul,
like a weaned child with its mother;
my soul is like the weaned child that is with me.

O Israel, hope in the Lord
from this time on and forevermore.

New Testament Epistle Lesson: Philippians 2:25-30

Still, I think it necessary to send to you Epaphroditus–my brother and co-worker and fellow soldier, your messenger and minister to my need; for he has been longing for all of you, and has been distressed because you heard that he was ill. He was indeed so ill that he nearly died. But God had mercy on him, and not only on him but on me also, so that I would not have one sorrow after another. I am the more eager to send him, therefore, in order that you may rejoice at seeing him again, and that I may be less anxious. Welcome him then in the Lord with all joy, and honor such people, because he came close to death for the work of Christ, risking his life to make up for those services that you could not give me.

Bible verses from The New Revised Standard Version, copyright 1989 by the Division of Christian Education of the National Council of Churches of Christ in the United States of America. Used by permission. All right reserved.

Selections from Revised Common Lectionary Daily Readings, copyright 1985 by the Consultation on Common Texts.

Image Credit:  Epaphroditus from the Menologion created for Basil II, via Wikimedia Commons. This public domain image was modified by Michael Gilbertson using Photoshop to delete surrounding figures and fill in missing pieces.

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