Wednesday 10 March

Almighty God,
whose most dear Son went not up to joy but first he suffered pain,
and entered not into glory before he was crucified:
mercifully grant that we, walking in the way of the cross,
may find it none other than the way of life and peace;
through Jesus Christ your Son our Lord,
who is alive and reigns with you,
in the unity of the Holy Spirit,
one God, now and for ever.  Amen.

Jeremiah 13.1–11
Thus said the Lord to me, ‘Go and buy yourself a linen loincloth, and put it on your loins, but do not dip it in water.’ So I bought a loincloth according to the word of the Lord, and put it on my loins. And the word of the Lord came to me a second time, saying, ‘Take the loincloth that you bought and are wearing, and go now to the Euphrates, and hide it there in a cleft of the rock.’ So I went, and hid it by the Euphrates, as the Lord commanded me. And after many days the Lord said to me, ‘Go now to the Euphrates, and take from there the loincloth that I commanded you to hide there.’ Then I went to the Euphrates, and dug, and I took the loincloth from the place where I had hidden it. But now the loincloth was ruined; it was good for nothing.
 Then the word of the Lord came to me: Thus says the Lord: Just so I will ruin the pride of Judah and the great pride of Jerusalem. This evil people, who refuse to hear my words, who stubbornly follow their own will and have gone after other gods to serve them and worship them, shall be like this loincloth, which is good for nothing. For as the loincloth clings to one’s loins, so I made the whole house of Israel and the whole house of Judah cling to me, says the Lord, in order that they might be for me a people, a name, a praise, and a glory.

Psalm 112
      Blessed are those who fear the Lord 
   and have great delight in his commandments.
    Their descendants will be mighty in the land, 
   a generation of the faithful that will be blest.
    Wealth and riches will be in their house, 
   and their righteousness endures for ever.
    Light shines in the darkness for the upright; 
   gracious and full of compassion are the righteous.
    It goes well with those who are generous in lending 
   and order their affairs with justice,
    For they will never be shaken; 
   the righteous will be held in everlasting remembrance.
    They will not be afraid of any evil tidings; 
   their heart is steadfast, trusting in the Lord.
    Their heart is sustained and will not fear, 
   until they see the downfall of their foes.
    They have given freely to the poor;
      their righteousness stands fast for ever; 
   their head will be exalted with honour.
      The wicked shall see it and be angry;
      they shall gnash their teeth in despair; 
   the desire of the wicked shall perish.