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The Episcopal Church, Book of Common Prayer Lectionary

THURSDAY, OCTOBER 6, 2011 | AFTER PENTECOST
PROPER 22, THURSDAY
YEAR 1

Psalms (Morning) Psalm 131, 132 (133)
Psalms (Evening) Psalm 134, 135
Old Testament 2 Kings 23:4–25
New Testament 1 Corinthians 12:1–11
Gospel Matthew 9:18–26



The Episcopal Church, Book of Common Prayer Lectionary (Bellingham, WA: Logos Research Systems, Inc., 2010).

Catholic Lectionary

THURSDAY, OCTOBER 6, 2011 | ORDINARY TIME
THURSDAY OF THE TWENTY-SEVENTH WEEK IN ORDINARY TIME
YEAR 1

First Reading Malachi 3:13–20b
Response Psalm 40:5a
Psalm Psalm 1:1–4, 6
Gospel Acclamation Acts 16:14b
Gospel Luke 11:5–13



Catholic Lectionary (Bellingham, WA: Logos Research Systems, Inc., 2009).

MAKE ME A BLESSING

October 6

MAKE ME A BLESSING
Ira B. Wilson, 1880–1950

Through the blessing of the upright a city is exalted, but by the mouth of the wicked it is destroyed. (Proverbs 11:11)
Nothing is lost that is done for the Lord,
Let it be ever so small;
The smile of the Savior approves of the deed
As though it were greatest of all.
—Unknown
We are of little value to our Lord if we do not produce fruit for Him. In fact, the command of Scripture is to bear “much fruit.” Regardless of the task to which God calls us, whether it be great or small, it will receive His promised blessing when we do it faithfully and with sincere motives. The Scriptures also teach that our deeds of compassion and mercy must be done with cheerfulness, never simply out of duty (Romans 12:8). St. Francis of Assisi said, “It is not fitting when one is in God’s service to have a gloomy face or a chilling look.” Representing Christ and serving others must become a normal, happy lifestyle as we “carry the sunshine where darkness …