SUNDAY AFTER THE EPIPHANY, PROPER 7
CORINTHIANS 3:10-11, 16-23
your Son revealed in signs and miracles
the wonder of your saving love.
Renew your people with your heavenly grace,
and in all our weakness
sustain us by your mighty power;
through Jesus Christ our Lord,
who is alive and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit,
one God, now and for ever.
READING FROM THE BOOK OF LEVITICUS
The Lord spoke to Moses,
saying: Speak to all the congregation of the people of Israel and
say to them: You shall be holy, for I the Lord your God am holy.
When you reap the harvest of your land, you shall not reap to the
very edges of your field, or gather the gleanings of your harvest.
You shall not strip your vineyard bare, or gather the fallen
grapes of your vineyard; you shall leave them for the poor and the
alien: I am the Lord your God. You shall not steal; you shall not
deal falsely; and you shall not lie to one another. And you shall
not swear falsely by my name, profaning the name of your God: I am
the Lord. You shall not defraud your neighbour; you shall not
steal; and you shall not keep for yourself the wages of a labourer
until morning. You shall not revile the deaf or put a stumbling
block before the blind; you shall fear your God: I am the Lord.
You shall not render an unjust judgement; you shall not be partial
to the poor or defer to the great: with justice you shall judge
your neighbour. You shall not go around as a slanderer among your
people, and you shall not profit by the blood of your neighbour: I
am the Lord. You shall not hate in your heart anyone of your kin;
you shall reprove your neighbour, or you will incur guilt
yourself. You shall not take vengeance or bear a grudge against
any of your people, but you shall love your neighbour as yourself:
I am the Lord.
LEVITICUS 19:1-2, 9-18
REFRAIN Instruct me in your
statutes, O Lord.
me, O Lord, the way of your statutes, and I shall keep it to the
me understanding, and I shall keep your law; I shall keep it with
all my heart. R
me go in the path of your commandments, for that is my desire.
my heart to your decrees and not to unjust gain. R
my eyes from watching what is worthless; give me life in your
your promise to your servant, which you make to those who fear
away the reproach which I dread, because your judgements are good.
I long for your commandments; in your righteousness preserve my
READING FROM THE FIRST LETTER OF PAUL TO THE CORINTHIANS
According to the grace of
God given to me, like a skilled master builder I laid a
foundation, and someone else is building on it. Each builder must
choose with care how to build on it. For no one can lay any
foundation other than the one that has been laid; that foundation
is Jesus Christ. Do you not know that you are God's temple and
that God's Spirit dwells in you? If anyone destroys God's temple,
God will destroy that person. For God's temple is holy, and you
are that temple. Do not deceive yourselves. If you think that you
are wise in this age, you should become fools so that you may
become wise. For the wisdom of this world is foolishness with God.
For it is written, "He catches the wise in their
craftiness," and again, "The Lord knows the thoughts of
the wise, that they are futile." So let no one boast about
human leaders. For all things are yours, whether Paul or Apollos
or Cephas or the world or life or death or the present or the
future all belong to you, and you belong to Christ, and Christ
belongs to God.
1 CORINTHIANS 3:10-11, 16-23
HOLY GOSPEL OF OUR LORD JESUS CHRIST
ACCORDING TO MATTHEW
Jesus said, "You have
heard that it was said, 'An eye for an eye and a tooth for a
tooth.' But I say to you, Do not resist an evildoer. But if anyone
strikes you on the right cheek, turn the other also; and if anyone
wants to sue you and take your coat, give your cloak as well; and
if anyone forces you to go one mile, go also the second mile. Give
to everyone who begs from you, and do not refuse anyone who wants
to borrow from you. You have heard that it was said, 'You shall
love your neighbour and hate your enemy.' But I say to you, Love
your enemies and pray for those who persecute you, so that you may
be children of your Father in heaven; for he makes his sun rise on
the evil and on the good, and sends rain on the righteous and on
the unrighteous. For if you love those who love you, what reward
do you have? Do not even the tax collectors do the same? And if
you greet only your brothers and sisters, what more are you doing
than others? Do not even the Gentiles do the same? Be perfect,
therefore, as your heavenly Father is perfect."
OVER THE GIFTS
accept all we offer you this day.
Lead us to love you with all our heart,
and to love all people with your perfect love.
We ask this in the name of Jesus Christ.
in the eucharist we celebrate your love
for us and for all people.
Grant that strengthened by these holy gifts,
we may show your love in our lives,
and know its fulfilment in your presence.
We ask this in the name of Jesus Christ our Lord.