Readings for Lent: Tuesday in the Fifth Week of Lent 4/5/2022

April 5, 2022
Tuesday in the Fifth Week of Lent 

 PRAYERS OF THE DAY 

O God, you have called your servants to ventures of which we cannot see the ending, by paths as yet untrodden, through perils unknown. Give us faith to go out with good courage, not knowing where we go, but only that your hand is leading us and your love supporting us; through Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen 

Creator God, you prepare a new way in the wilderness, and your grace waters our desert. Open our hearts to be transformed by the new thing you are doing, that our lives may proclaim the extravagance of your love given to all through your Son, Jesus Christ, our Savior and Lord, who lives and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit, one God, now and forever. Amen. 

Almighty and ever-living God, you hate nothing you have made, and you forgive the sins of all who are penitent. Create in us new and honest hearts, so that, truly repenting of our sins, we may receive from you, the God of all mercy, full pardon and forgiveness through your Son, Jesus Christ, our Savior and Lord, who lives and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit, one God, now and forever. Amen 

READING:  Numbers 21:4-9 

From Mount Hor the children of Israel set out on the Red Sea road,
to bypass the land of Edom.
But with their patience worn out by the journey,
the people complained against God and Moses,
“Why have you brought us up from Egypt to die in this desert,
where there is no food or water?
We are disgusted with this wretched food!” 

In punishment the LORD sent among the people fiery serpents,
which bit the people so that many of them died.
Then the people came to Moses and said,
“We have sinned in complaining against the LORD and you.
Pray the LORD to take the serpents away from us.”
So Moses prayed for the people, and the LORD said to Moses,
“Make a serpent and mount it on a pole,
and whoever looks at it after being bitten will live.”
Moses accordingly made a bronze serpent and mounted it on a pole,
and whenever anyone who had been bitten by a serpent 
looked at the bronze serpent, he lived. 

PSALM 102:2-3, 16-18, 19-21 

Hear my prayer, O Lord, and let my cry come before you. 

Hide not your face from me when I am in trouble. 

Incline your ear to me; when I call, make haste to answer me, 

for my days drift away like smoke, 

and my bones are hot as burning coals. 

Hear my prayer, O Lord, and let my cry come before you.

For you will build up Zion, 

and your glory will appear. 

You will look with favor on the prayer of the homeless; 

you will not despise their plea. 

Let this be written for a future generation, 

so that a people yet unborn may praise the Lord. 

Hear my prayer, O Lord, and let my cry come before you.

For you looked down from your holy place on high; 

from the heavens you beheld the earth, O Lord, 

that you might hear the groan of the captive 

and set free those condemned to die; 

that they may declare your name in Zion 

and your praise in Jerusalem; 

when the peoples are gathered together, 

and the kingdoms also, to serve the Lord. 

Hear my prayer, O Lord, and let my cry come before you. 

 

VERSE 

The seed is the word of God, Christ is the sower;  

all who come to Christ will live forever. 

 

THE HOLY GOSPEL:  Saint John 8:21-30 

Jesus said to the Pharisees:
“I am going away and you will look for me,
but you will die in your sin.
Where I am going you cannot come.”
So the Jews said,
“He is not going to kill himself, is he,
because he said, ‘Where I am going you cannot come’?”
He said to them, “You belong to what is below,
I belong to what is above.
You belong to this world,
but I do not belong to this world.
That is why I told you that you will die in your sins.
For if you do not believe that I AM,
you will die in your sins.”
So they said to him, “Who are you?”
Jesus said to them, “What I told you from the beginning.
I have much to say about you in condemnation.
But the one who sent me is true,
and what I heard from him I tell the world.”
They did not realize that he was speaking to them of the Father.
So Jesus said to them,
“When you lift up the Son of Man,
then you will realize that I AM,
and that I do nothing on my own,
but I say only what the Father taught me.
The one who sent me is with me. 
He has not left me alone,
because I always do what is pleasing to him.”
Because he spoke this way, many came to believe in him.