Scripture Readings for Mar 24, 2019 (New Revised Standard Version)
3rd Sunday of Lent
Isaiah 55:1-9 • Psalm 63:1-8 • 1 Corinthians 10:1-13 • Luke 13:1-9
55:1 Ho, everyone who thirsts, come to the waters; and you that have no money,
come, buy and eat! Come, buy wine and milk without money and without price.
55:2 Why do you spend your money for that which is not bread, and your labor for
that which does not satisfy? Listen carefully to me, and eat what is good, and delight
yourselves in rich food.
55:3 Incline your ear, and come to me; listen, so that you may live. I will make with
you an everlasting covenant, my steadfast, sure love for David.
55:4 See, I made him a witness to the peoples, a leader and commander for the
55:5 See, you shall call nations that you do not know, and nations that do not know you
shall run to you, because of the LORD your God, the Holy One of Israel, for he has
55:6 Seek the LORD while he may be found, call upon him while he is near;
55:7 let the wicked forsake their way, and the unrighteous their thoughts; let them
return to the LORD, that he may have mercy on them, and to our God, for he will
55:8 For my thoughts are not your thoughts, nor are your ways my ways, says the
55:9 For as the heavens are higher than the earth, so are my ways higher than your
ways and my thoughts than your thoughts.
63:1 O God, you are my God, I seek you, my soul thirsts for you; my flesh faints for
you, as in a dry and weary land where there is no water.
63:2 So I have looked upon you in the sanctuary, beholding your power and glory.
63:3 Because your steadfast love is better than life, my lips will praise you.
63:4 So I will bless you as long as I live; I will lift up my hands and call on your name.
63:5 My soul is satisfied as with a rich feast, and my mouth praises you with joyful
63:6 when I think of you on my bed, and meditate on you in the watches of the night;
63:7 for you have been my help, and in the shadow of your wings I sing for joy.
63:8 My soul clings to you; your right hand upholds me.
1 Corinthians 10:1-13
10:1 I do not want you to be unaware, brothers and sisters, that our ancestors were
all under the cloud, and all passed through the sea,
10:2 and all were baptized into Moses in the cloud and in the sea,
10:3 and all ate the same spiritual food,
10:4 and all drank the same spiritual drink. For they drank from the spiritual rock
that followed them, and the rock was Christ.
10:5 Nevertheless, God was not pleased with most of them, and they were struck
down in the wilderness.
10:6 Now these things occurred as examples for us, so that we might not desire evil
as they did.
10:7 Do not become idolaters as some of them did; as it is written, "The people sat
down to eat and drink, and they rose up to play."
10:8 We must not indulge in sexual immorality as some of them did, and twenty-three
thousand fell in a single day.
10:9 We must not put Christ to the test, as some of them did, and were destroyed
10:10 And do not complain as some of them did, and were destroyed by the
10:11 These things happened to them to serve as an example, and they were written
down to instruct us, on whom the ends of the ages have come.
10:12 So if you think you are standing, watch out that you do not fall.
10:13 No testing has overtaken you that is not common to everyone. God is faithful,
and he will not let you be tested beyond your strength, but with the testing he will
also provide the way out so that you may be able to endure it.
13:1 At that very time there were some present who told him about the Galileans
whose blood Pilate had mingled with their sacrifices.
13:2 He asked them, "Do you think that because these Galileans suffered in this way
they were worse sinners than all other Galileans?
13:3 No, I tell you; but unless you repent, you will all perish as they did.
13:4 Or those eighteen who were killed when the tower of Siloam fell on them--do
you think that they were worse offenders than all the others living in Jerusalem?
13:5 No, I tell you; but unless you repent, you will all perish just as they did."
13:6 Then he told this parable: "A man had a fig tree planted in his vineyard; and he
came looking for fruit on it and found none.
13:7 So he said to the gardener, 'See here! For three years I have come looking for
fruit on this fig tree, and still I find none. Cut it down! Why should it be wasting the
13:8 He replied, 'Sir, let it alone for one more year, until I dig around it and put
manure on it.
13:9 If it bears fruit next year, well and good; but if not, you can cut it down.'"