BETWEEN 30 OCTOBER AND 5 NOVEMBER
whose chosen servant Abraham obeyed your call,
rejoicing in your promise
that in him the family of the earth is blessed,
give us faith like his,
that in us your promises may be fulfilled;
through Jesus Christ our Lord,
who lives and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit,
one God, now and for ever.
READING FROM THE BOOK OF JOSHUA
The Lord said to Joshua,
"This day I will begin to exalt you in the sight of all
Israel, so that they may know that I will be with you as I was
with Moses. You are the one who shall command the priests who bear
the ark of the covenant, 'When you come to the edge of the waters
of the Jordan, you shall stand still in the Jordan.'" Joshua
then said to the Israelites, "Draw near and hear the words of
the Lord your God." Joshua said, "By this you shall know
that among you is the living God who without fail will drive out
from before you the Canaanites, Hittites, Hivites, Perizzites,
Girgashites, Amorites, and Jebusites: the ark of the covenant of
the Lord of all the earth is going to pass before you into the
Jordan. So now select twelve men from the tribes of Israel, one
from each tribe. When the soles of the feet of the priests who
bear the ark of the Lord, the Lord of all the earth, rest in the
waters of the Jordan, the waters of the Jordan flowing from above
shall be cut off; they shall stand in a single heap." When
the people set out from their tents to cross over the Jordan, the
priests bearing the ark of the covenant were in front of the
people. Now the Jordan overflows all its banks throughout the time
of harvest. So when those who bore the ark had come to the Jordan,
and the feet of the priests bearing the ark were dipped in the
edge of the water, the waters flowing from above stood still,
rising up in a single heap far off at Adam, the city that is
beside Zarethan, while those flowing toward the sea of the Arabah,
the Dead Sea, were wholly cut off. Then the people crossed over
opposite Jericho. While all Israel were crossing over on dry
ground, the priests who bore the ark of the covenant of the Lord
stood on dry ground in the middle of the Jordan, until the entire
nation finished crossing over the Jordan.
REFRAIN Give thanks to the
Lord for he is good.
thanks to the Lord, for he is good, and his mercy endures for
all those whom the Lord has redeemed proclaim that he redeemed
them from the hand of the foe. R
gathered them out of the lands; from the east and from the west,
from the north and from the south.
wandered in desert wastes; they found no way to a city where they
might dwell. R
were hungry and thirsty; their spirits languished within them.
they cried to the Lord in their trouble, and he delivered them
from their distress.
put their feet on a straight path to go to a city where they might
Lord changed rivers into deserts, and water-springs into thirsty
fruitful land into salt flats, because of the wickedness of those
who dwell there. R
changed deserts into pools of water and dry land into
settled the hungry there, and they founded a city to dwell in.
sowed fields, and planted vineyards, and brought in a fruitful
PSALM 107:1-7, 33-37
READING FROM THE FIRST LETTER OF PAUL TO THE THESSALONIANS
You remember our labour and
toil, brothers and sisters; we worked night and day, so that we
might not burden any of you while we proclaimed to you the gospel
of God. You are witnesses, and God also, how pure, upright, and
blameless our conduct was toward you believers. As you know, we
dealt with each one of you like a father with his children, urging
and encouraging you and pleading that you lead a life worthy of
God, who calls you into his own kingdom and glory. We also
constantly give thanks to God for this, that when you received the
word of God that you heard from us, you accepted it not as a human
word but as what it really is, God's word, which is also at work
in you believers.
1 THESSALONIANS 2:9-13
HOLY GOSPEL OF OUR LORD JESUS CHRIST
ACCORDING TO MATTHEW
Then Jesus said to the
crowds and to his disciples,
"The scribes and the Pharisees sit on Moses' seat; therefore,
do whatever they teach you and follow it; but do not do as they
do, for they do not practise what they teach. They tie up heavy
burdens, hard to bear, and lay them on the shoulders of others;
but they themselves are unwilling to lift a finger to move them.
They do all their deeds to be seen by others; for they make their
phylacteries broad and their fringes long. They love to have the
place of honour at banquets and the best seats in the synagogues,
and to be greeted with respect in the marketplaces, and to have
people call them rabbi. But you are not to be called rabbi, for
you have one teacher, and you are all students. And call no one
your father on earth, for you have one Father the one in heaven.
Nor are you to be called instructors, for you have one instructor,
the Messiah. The greatest among you will be your servant. All who
exalt themselves will be humbled, and all who humble themselves
will be exalted.
OVER THE GIFTS
God of freedom,
accept all we offer you this day.
May we embrace the law of your service
and know the glorious liberty of the children of God.
We ask this in the name of Jesus Christ the Lord.
bring to perfection within us
the communion we share in this sacrament.
May the unity we know this day
live in our community and family.
This we pray in the name of Jesus Christ the Lord.