ROGATION DAYS AND HARVEST THANKSGIVING
Creator of the fruitful earth,
you made us stewards of all things.
Give us grateful hearts for all your goodness,
and steadfast wills to use your bounty well,
that the whole human family,
today and in generations to come,
may with us give thanks for the riches of your creation.
We ask this in the name of Jesus Christ the Lord.
READING FROM THE BOOK OF DEUTERONOMY
For the Lord your God
is bringing you into a good land, a land with flowing streams,
with springs and underground waters welling up in valleys and
hills, a land of wheat and barley, of vines and fig trees and
pomegranates, a land of olive trees and honey, a land where you
may eat bread without scarcity, where you will lack nothing, a
land whose stones are iron and from whose hills you may mine
copper. You shall eat your fill and bless the Lord your God for
the good land that he has given you. Take care that you do not
forget the Lord your God, by failing to keep his commandments, his
ordinances, and his statutes, which I am commanding you today.
When you have eaten your fill and have built fine houses and live
in them, and when your herds and flocks have multiplied, and your
silver and gold is multiplied, and all that you have is
multiplied, then do not exalt yourself, forgetting the Lord your
God, who brought you out of the land of Egypt, out of the house of
slavery, who led you through the great and terrible wilderness, an
arid wasteland with poisonous snakes and scorpions. He made water
flow for you from flint rock, and fed you in the wilderness with
manna that your ancestors did not know, to humble you and to test
you, and in the end to do you good. Do not say to yourself,
"My power and the might of my own hand have gotten me this
wealth." But remember the Lord your God, for it is he who
gives you power to get wealth, so that he may confirm his covenant
that he swore to your ancestors as he is doing today.
REFRAIN You crown the
year with your goodness, O Lord.
are to be praised, O God, in Zion; to you shall vows be performed
you that hear prayer shall all flesh come, because of their
sins are stronger than we are, but you will blot them out.
are they whom you choose and draw to your courts to dwell there!
they will be satisfied by the beauty of your house, by the
holiness of your temple. R
things will you show us in your righteousness, O God of our
salvation, O Hope of all the ends of the earth and of the seas
that are far away.
make fast the mountains by your power; they are girded about with
still the roaring of the seas, the roaring of their waves, and the
clamour of the peoples.
who dwell at the ends of the earth will tremble at your marvellous
signs; you make the dawn and the dusk to sing for joy. R
visit the earth and water it abundantly; you make it very
plenteous; the river of God is full of water.
prepare the grain, for so you provide for the earth. R
drench the furrows and smooth out the ridges; with heavy rain you
soften the ground and bless its increase.
crown the year with your goodness, and your paths overflow with
the fields of the wilderness be rich for grazing, and the hills be
clothed with joy.
the meadows cover themselves with flocks, and the valleys cloak
themselves with grain; let them shout for joy and sing. R
READING FROM THE SECOND LETTER OF PAUL TO THE CORINTHIANS
The point is this: the
one who sows sparingly will also reap sparingly, and the one who
sows bountifully will also reap bountifully. Each of you must give
as you have made up your mind, not reluctantly or under
compulsion, for God loves a cheerful giver. And God is able to
provide you with every blessing in abundance, so that by always
having enough of everything, you may share abundantly in every
good work. As it is written, "He scatters abroad, he gives to
the poor; his righteousness endures forever." He who supplies
seed to the sower and bread for food will supply and multiply your
seed for sowing and increase the harvest of your righteousness.
You will be enriched in every way for your great generosity, which
will produce thanksgiving to God through us; for the rendering of
this ministry not only supplies the needs of the saints but also
overflows with many thanksgivings to God. Through the testing of
this ministry you glorify God by your obedience to the confession
of the gospel of Christ and by the generosity of your sharing with
them and with all others, while they long for you and pray for you
because of the surpassing grace of God that he has given you.
Thanks be to God for his indescribable gift!
2 CORINTHIANS 9:6-15
HOLY GOSPEL OF OUR LORD JESUS CHRIST
ACCORDING TO LUKE
On the way to Jerusalem
Jesus was going through the region between Samaria and Galilee. As
he entered a village, ten lepers approached him. Keeping their
distance, they called out, saying, "Jesus, Master, have mercy
on us!" When he saw them, he said to them, "Go and show
yourselves to the priests." And as they went, they were made
clean. Then one of them, when he saw that he was healed, turned
back, praising God with a loud voice. He prostrated himself at
Jesus' feet and thanked him. And he was a Samaritan. Then Jesus
asked, "Were not ten made clean? But the other nine, where
are they? Was none of them found to return and give praise to God
except this foreigner?" Then he said to him, "Get up and
go on your way; your faith has made you well."
OVER THE GIFTS
Source of all life,
the heaven and earth are yours,
yet you have given us dominion over all things.
Receive the symbols of our labour and love
which we offer you this day,
in the name of Jesus Christ our Lord.
God of our hope,
in this eucharist we find the source of all your blessings.
Nourished in these holy mysteries
may we, with our lives,
give you continual thanks and praise.
This we ask in the name of Jesus Christ our Lord.