25th January 2022

ULCCI

United Liberal Catholic Churches International

Year B

Daily Readings for Thursday July 29, 2021

Prayer

God of the lowly and the mighty, 
when we harm and destroy one another, 
forgiveness of our sins if we but turn to you. 

Expand our hearts to receive the mercy you give us, 
with others each moment of our lives. Amen.

Psalm 51:1-12

Create in me a clean heart

Have mercy on me, O God,
according to your steadfast love;
blot out my transgressions.

Wash me thoroughly from my iniquity,
For I know my transgressions,
Against you, you alone, have I sinned,
so that you are justified in your sentence
Indeed, I was born guilty,
You desire truth in the inward being;
Purge me with hyssop, and I shall be clean;
Let me hear joy and gladness;
Hide your face from my sins,
Create in me a clean heart, O God,
Do not cast me away from your presence,
Restore to me the joy of your salvation,
and sustain in me a willing spirit.

Exodus 32:19-26a

Anger over the golden calf

As soon as he came near the camp and saw the calf and the dancing, Moses’ anger burned hot, and he threw the tablets from his hands and broke them at the foot of the mountain. He took the calf that they had made, burned it with fire, ground it to powder, scattered it on the water, and made the Israelites drink it.

Moses said to Aaron, “What did this people do to you that you have brought so great a sin upon them?” And Aaron said, “Do not let the anger of my lord burn hot; you know the people, that they are bent on evil. They said to me, ‘Make us gods, who shall go before us; as for this Moses, the man who brought us up out of the land of Egypt, we do not know what has become of him.’ So I said to them, ‘Whoever has gold, take it off’; so they gave it to me, and I threw it into the fire, and out came this calf!”

When Moses saw that the people were running wild (for Aaron had let them run wild, to the derision of their enemies), then Moses stood in the gate of the camp, and said, “Who is on the Lord’s side? Come to me!” And all the sons of Levi gathered around him.

1 Corinthians 11:17-22

Abuses at the Lord’s Supper

Now in the following instructions I do not commend you, because when you come together it is not for the better but for the worse. For, to begin with, when you come together as a church, I hear that there are divisions among you; and to some extent I believe it. Indeed, there have to be factions among you, for only so will it become clear who among you are genuine. When you come together, it is not really to eat the Lord’s supper. For when the time comes to eat, each of you goes ahead with your own supper, and one goes hungry and another becomes drunk. What! Do you not have homes to eat and drink in? Or do you show contempt for the church of God and humiliate those who have nothing? What should I say to you? Should I commend you? In this matter I do not commend you!