Daily Readings



Year C – Lent

Year C
First readingPsalmSecond readingGospel
Ash Wednesday
March 5, 2025
Joel 2:1-2, 12-17
Isaiah 58:1-12
Psalm 51:1-172 Corinthians 5:20b-6:10Matthew 6:1-6, 16-21
First Sunday in Lent
March 9, 2025
Deuteronomy 26:1-11Psalm 91:1-2, 9-16Romans 10:8b-13Luke 4:1-13
Second Sunday in Lent
March 16, 2025
Genesis 15:1-12, 17-18Psalm 27Philippians 3:17-4:1Luke 13:31-35
Luke 9:28-36, (37-43a)
Third Sunday in Lent
March 23, 2025
Isaiah 55:1-9Psalm 63:1-81 Corinthians 10:1-13Luke 13:1-9
Annunciation of the Lord
March 25, 2025
Isaiah 7:10-14Psalm 45
Psalm 40:5-10
Hebrews 10:4-10Luke 1:26-38
Fourth Sunday in Lent
March 30, 2025
Joshua 5:9-12Psalm 322 Corinthians 5:16-21Luke 15:1-3, 11b-32
Fifth Sunday in Lent
April 6, 2025
Isaiah 43:16-21Psalm 126Philippians 3:4b-14John 12:1-8
Liturgy of the Palms
April 13, 2025
Sixth Sunday in Lent
 Psalm 118:1-2, 19-29 Luke 19:28-40
Liturgy of the Passion
April 13, 2025
Sixth Sunday in Lent
Isaiah 50:4-9aPsalm 31:9-16Philippians 2:5-11Luke 22:14-23:56
Luke 23:1-49
Italicized readings, complementary to the standard reading, may be used with, or in place of it.
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  1. A Greek Word For Your Mind: koinonia (Fellowship)
    The word koinonia belongs to a large family of words, occurring some 66
    times in different forms in the New Testament, with a root meaning “to
    have in common” (koinos). It has become part of our everyday English
    language in the word “coin”, i.e. what is a commonly accepted currency.
    We are probably most familiar with the word from its use in Acts 2:42
    where the early Christians devoted themselves to the Apostles’ teaching,
    and to “the fellowship” (koinonia). This “fellowship” is further defined in
    v.44 where we read that they held all things in common (koina), sharing
    their very belongings with one another. There is an interesting historical
    precedent for this practice from a community in Lipara (1st Century BCE),
    who “made their possessions common property and lived according to the
    custom of common meals”1 The concept of fellowship, then, was much
    more than simply a sharing of one’s beliefs or a common sense of belonging:
    it actually expressed itself in practical, concrete action by sharing of
    material goods and meals. In this sense it is often used to describe
    distribution or sharing (verb, koinoneo, see Rom. 12:13).
    The Apostle Paul, writing to the Philippians, appeals to the common bond
    he has with them in the gospel (koinonia 1:5, 2:1). This common bond,
    however, runs quite deep, for it involves a participation or sharing in the
    very sufferings of Christ (Phil 3:10, 2 Cor. 1:7, 1 Pet. 4:13). When
    Christians participate together in the Lord’s Supper, we are actually
    identifying ourselves with the sufferings of the crucified Christ, by
    participation (koinonia) in his broken body and shed blood (1 Cor. 10:16).
    This represents the very heart of our Christian discipleship, so much so that
    Peter claims we have become “partakers or sharers (koinonoi) of the divine
    nature” (2 Pet. 1:4). Now that is mind blowing!
    There is one further unusual usage of koinoo, often translated in the KJV
    as “defiles” (see Matt 15:11, 18 c.f. Mark 7:20, Acts 21:28). In these
    instances “defilement” means to make something common, or reduce its
    true value (translated as “unholy” in Acts 10:15). I wonder how often we
    have devalued holy things as “common”?
    Essentially, we are one in shared faith, respecting our various differences,
    but united together in the love of Christ our Lord.
    Rev Graham Warne

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