3:1-5; 4:13-17 and Psalm 127
Naomi her mother-in-law said to her, "My daughter, I need
to seek some security for you, so that it may be well with you.
Now here is our kinsman Boaz, with whose young women you have
been working. See, he is winnowing barley tonight at the
Now wash and anoint yourself, and put on your best clothes and
go down to the threshing floor; but do not make yourself known
to the man until he has finished eating and drinking.
When he lies down, observe the place where he lies; then, go and
uncover his feet and lie down; and he will tell you what to
She said to her, "All that you tell me I will do."
So Boaz took Ruth and she became his wife. When they came
together, the LORD made her conceive, and she bore a son.
Then the women said to Naomi, "Blessed be the LORD, who has
not left you this day without next-of-kin; and may his name be
renowned in Israel!
He shall be to you a restorer of life and a nourisher of your
old age; for your daughter-in-law who loves you, who is more to
you than seven sons, has borne him."
Then Naomi took the child and laid him in her bosom, and became
The women of the neighborhood gave him a name, saying, "A
son has been born to Naomi." They named him Obed; he became
the father of Jesse, the father of David.
Unless the LORD builds the house, those who build it labor in
vain. Unless the LORD guards the city, the guard keeps watch in
It is in vain that you rise up early and go late to rest, eating
the bread of anxious toil; for he gives sleep to his beloved.
Sons are indeed a heritage from the LORD, the fruit of the womb
Like arrows in the hand of a warrior are the sons of one's
Happy is the man who has his quiver full of them. He shall not
be put to shame when he speaks with his enemies in the gate.
For Christ did not enter a sanctuary made by human hands, a mere
copy of the true one, but he entered into heaven itself, now to
appear in the presence of God on our behalf.
Nor was it to offer himself again and again, as the high priest
enters the Holy Place year after year with blood that is not his
for then he would have had to suffer again and again since the
foundation of the world. But as it is, he has appeared once for
all at the end of the age to remove sin by the sacrifice of
And just as it is appointed for mortals to die once, and after
that the judgment,
so Christ, having been offered once to bear the sins of many,
will appear a second time, not to deal with sin, but to save
those who are eagerly waiting for him.
As he taught, he said, "Beware of the scribes, who like to
walk around in long robes, and to be greeted with respect in the
and to have the best seats in the synagogues and places of honor
They devour widows' houses and for the sake of appearance say
long prayers. They will receive the greater condemnation."
He sat down opposite the treasury, and watched the crowd putting
money into the treasury. Many rich people put in large sums.
A poor widow came and put in two small copper coins, which are
worth a penny.
Then he called his disciples and said to them, "Truly I
tell you, this poor widow has put in more than all those who are
contributing to the treasury.
For all of them have contributed out of their abundance; but she
out of her poverty has put in everything she had, all she had to