The Revised Common Lectionary Daily Readings are now available. An audio recording of today’s RCL Daily Reading can be found by clicking the image or text versions are available at the dailyLECTIO.net. This three year cycle of daily scripture readings follows and augments the RCL Sunday lections via two tracks. The readings for Thursday through Saturday prepare for the Sunday lessons, while the Monday through Wednesday readings reflect on the Sunday lessons. (To be clear: these are not the Daily Office readings from the Book of Common Prayer.) “Two tracks? What are Track One and Track Two?”
During the long green season after Pentecost, there are two tracks (or strands) each week for Old Testament readings. Within each track, there is a Psalm chosen to accompany the particular lesson.The Revised Common Lectionary allows us to make use of either of these tracks, but once a track has been selected, it should be followed through to the end of the Pentecost season, rather than jumping back and forth between the two strands.
The first track of Old Testament readings (“Track 1”) follows major stories and themes, read mostly continuously from week to week. In Year A we begin with Genesis, in Year B we hear some of the great monarchy narratives, and in Year C we read from the later prophets.
A second track of readings (“Track 2”) follows the Roman Catholic tradition of thematically pairing the Old Testament reading with the Gospel reading, often typologically—a sort of foretelling of Jesus Christ’s life and ministry, if you will. This second track is almost identical to our previous Book of Common Prayer lectionary. Within each track there may be additional readings, complementary to the standard reading; these may be used with the standard reading, or in place of it.
(credit to The Rev Dr. J. Barrington Bates & lectionarypage.net)
If you feel compelled to look into any of the readings further, we do offer a fun Bible Study session on Wednesdays at 10:30am and 7PM. They usually last about an hour. If you really want to explore the readings and keep the Rev. Sarah Odderstol on her toes ( trust me she LOVES questions during bible study ), You could take a look at the Bible Study Tools website. They offer the current day’s reading in NUMEROUS translations, if that won’t spur some interesting conversations then I don’t know what will.
P.S.- Don’t tell her you found the bible study resource here. If you do, the Ol’ Webmaster may have to plan his funeral (Hehehe). If you need one or the other, both the Book of Common Prayer (BCP) and the Revised Common Lectionary (RCL) can be downloaded for free via its respective image below.