Thursday 27 May

Collect
God, who as at this time
taught the hearts of your faithful people
by sending to them the light of your Holy Spirit:
grant us by the same Spirit
to have a right judgement in all things
and evermore to rejoice in his holy comfort;
through the merits of Christ Jesus our Saviour,
who is alive and reigns with you,
in the unity of the Holy Spirit,
one God, now and for ever.  Amen.

Romans 2.17–29
 But if you call yourself a Jew and rely on the law and boast of your relation to God and know his will and determine what is best because you are instructed in the law, and if you are sure that you are a guide to the blind, a light to those who are in darkness, a corrector of the foolish, a teacher of children, having in the law the embodiment of knowledge and truth, you, then, that teach others, will you not teach yourself? While you preach against stealing, do you steal? You that forbid adultery, do you commit adultery? You that abhor idols, do you rob temples? You that boast in the law, do you dishonour God by breaking the law? For, as it is written, ‘The name of God is blasphemed among the Gentiles because of you.’
 Circumcision indeed is of value if you obey the law; but if you break the law, your circumcision has become uncircumcision. So, if those who are uncircumcised keep the requirements of the law, will not their uncircumcision be regarded as circumcision? Then those who are physically uncircumcised but keep the law will condemn you that have the written code and circumcision but break the law. For a person is not a Jew who is one outwardly, nor is true circumcision something external and physical. Rather, a person is a Jew who is one inwardly, and real circumcision is a matter of the heart—it is spiritual and not literal. Such a person receives praise not from others but from God.

Psalm 143
    Hear my prayer, O Lord,
      and in your faithfulness give ear to my supplications;
   answer me in your righteousness.
    Enter not into judgement with your servant,
   for in your sight shall no one living be justified.
    For the enemy has pursued me,
      crushing my life to the ground,
   making me sit in darkness like those long dead.
    My spirit faints within me;
   my heart within me is desolate.
    I remember the time past; I muse upon all your deeds;
   I consider the works of your hands.
    I stretch out my hands to you;
   my soul gasps for you like a thirsty land.
    O Lord, make haste to answer me; my spirit fails me;
   hide not your face from me
      lest I be like those who go down to the Pit.
    Let me hear of your loving-kindness in the morning,
      for in you I put my trust;
   show me the way I should walk in,
      for I lift up my soul to you.
    Deliver me, O Lord, from my enemies,
   for I flee to you for refuge.
      Teach me to do what pleases you, for you are my God;
   let your kindly spirit lead me on a level path.
      Revive me, O Lord, for your name’s sake;
   for your righteousness’ sake, bring me out of trouble.
      In your faithfulness, slay my enemies,
      and destroy all the adversaries of my soul,
   for truly I am your servant.