Oh, how abundant is your goodness,
which you have stored up for those who fear you
and worked for those who take refuge in you,
in the sight of the children of mankind!
In the cover of your presence you hide them
from the plots of men; Psalm 31:19-20a
Be strong and courageous, for you shall cause this people to inherit the land that I swore to their fathers to give them. Only be strong and very courageous, being careful to do according to all the law that Moses my servant commanded you. Do not turn from it to the right hand or to the left, that you may have good success[a] wherever you go. This Book of the Law shall not depart from your mouth, but you shall meditate on it day and night, so that you may be careful to do according to all that is written in it. For then you will make your way prosperous, and then you will have good success. Have I not commanded you? Be strong and courageous. Do not be frightened, and do not be dismayed, for the Lord your God is with you wherever you go.” Joshua 1:6-9
Now those who were scattered went about preaching the word. Philip went down to the city of Samaria and proclaimed to them the Christ. And the crowds with one accord paid attention to what was being said by Philip when they heard him and saw the signs that he did. For unclean spirits, crying out with a loud voice, came out of many who had them, and many who were paralyzed or lame were healed. So there was much joy in that city. . . .
Now when they had testified and spoken the word of the Lord, they returned to Jerusalem, preaching the gospel to many villages of the Samaritans. Acts 8:4-8, 25
The prophet Jeremiah was active as God’s prophet to the southern kingdom of Judah around 627 to 582 BC. As a prophet he predicted, witnessed, and lived through the Babylonian siege and eventual destruction of Jerusalem in 587 BC. In his preaching, he often used symbols, such as an almond rod and a boiling pot (Jeremiah 1:11-14), wine jars (13:12-14), and a potter at work (18:17). His entire prophetic ministry was a sermon, communicating through word and deed God’s anger toward His rebellious people. Jeremiah suffered repeated rejection and persecution by his countrymen. As far as can be known, Jeremiah died in Egypt, having been taken there forcibly. He is remembered and honored for fearlessly calling God’s people to repentance. [Treasury of Daily Prayer editors.]
DAILY PRAYER for SUNDAY
O Lord Jesus Christ, true God and true man, today all Christendom celebrates the day on which You rose from the dead. You, who are the Light come to lighten the darkness, let the sun of Your mercy rise upon all the services of Your people. Grant that Your Word may be rightly preached with power from the Holy Spirit and without fear of those who would oppose it. Bring about true repentance in all who are Yours and fill them with the holy faith, which is the salvation of their souls. Listen favorably to all our prayers and bring them before the Father for the sake of Your holy wounds.
O Merciful Lord, where You in the mystery of the Sacrament of Your body and blood make an entrance among Your people, there grant that all the faithful may bow in holy fear and humility before You, and that all whom You Yourself feed may receive the sacred gift not impenitently to their judgment, but as a medicine of eternal life. Look not upon the sins we commit against You this day, and bring to nothing all the plans of the evil foe. Let the Last Day come soon, so that we, released from all strife, may behold You with all saints and angels face- to-face and sing our praises to You better than we are now able.
Amen. Yes, come Lord Jesus! Amen.he Lamb,
Your beloved Son, Jesus Christ. Amen.