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your Son has opened for us
a new and living way into your presence.
Give us pure hearts and constant wills
to worship you in spirit and in truth;
through Jesus Christ our Lord,
who lives and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit,
one God, now and for ever.
READING FROM THE SECOND BOOK OF SAMUEL
Now when the king was
settled in his house, and the Lord had given him rest from all his
enemies around him, the king said to the prophet Nathan, "See
now, I am living in a house of cedar, but the ark of God stays in
a tent." Nathan said to the king, "Go, do all that you
have in mind; for the Lord is with you." But that same night
the word of the Lord came to Nathan: Go and tell my servant David:
Thus says the Lord: Are you the one to build me a house to live
in? I have not lived in a house since the day I brought up the
people of Israel from Egypt to this day, but I have been moving
about in a tent and a tabernacle. Wherever I have moved about
among all the people of Israel, did I ever speak a word with any
of the tribal leaders of Israel, whom I commanded to shepherd my
people Israel, saying, "Why have you not built me a house of
cedar?" Now therefore thus you shall say to my servant David:
Thus says the Lord of hosts: I took you from the pasture, from
following the sheep to be prince over my people Israel; and I have
been with you wherever you went, and have cut off all your enemies
from before you; and I will make for you a great name, like the
name of the great ones of the earth. And I will appoint a place
for my people Israel and will plant them, so that they may live in
their own place, and be disturbed no more; and evildoers shall
afflict them no more, as formerly, from the time that I appointed
judges over my people Israel; and I will give you rest from all
your enemies. Moreover the Lord declares to you that the Lord will
make you a house. When your days are fulfilled and you lie down
with your ancestors, I will raise up your offspring after you, who
shall come forth from your body, and I will establish his kingdom.
He shall build a house for my name, and I will establish the
throne of his kingdom forever. I will be a father to him, and he
shall be a son to me.
2 SAMUEL 7:1-14A
Refrain I will keep my
love for him for ever.
have found David my servant; with my holy oil have I anointed him.
hand will hold him fast and my arm will make him strong. R
enemy shall deceive him, nor any wicked man bring him down. I will
crush his foes before him and strike down those who hate him. R
faithfulness and love shall be with him, and he shall be
victorious through my name.
shall make his dominion extend from the Great Sea to the River. R
will say to me, 'You are my Father, my God, and the rock of my
salvation.' I will make him my firstborn and higher than the kings
of the earth. R
will keep my love for him for ever, and my covenant will stand
firm for him.
will establish his line for ever and his throne as the days of
his children forsake my law and do not walk according to my
they break my statutes and do not keep my commandments;
will punish their transgressions with a rod and their iniquities
with the lash; R
I will not take my love from him, nor let my faithfulness prove
will not break my covenant, nor change what has gone out of my
for all I have sworn by my holiness: 'I will not lie to David. R
line shall endure for ever and his throne as the sun before me;
shall stand fast for evermore like the moon, the abiding witness
in the sky.'" R
READING FROM THE LETTER OF PAUL TO THE EPHESIANS
Remember that at one
time you Gentiles by birth, called "the uncircumcision"
by those who are called "the circumcision" - a physical
circumcision made in the flesh by human hands - remember that you
were at that time without Christ, being aliens from the
commonwealth of Israel, and strangers to the covenants of promise,
having no hope and without God in the world. But now in Christ
Jesus you who once were far off have been brought near by the
blood of Christ. For he is our peace; in his flesh he has made
both groups into one and has broken down the dividing wall, that
is, the hostility between us. He has abolished the law with its
commandments and ordinances, that he might create in himself one
new humanity in place of the two, thus making peace, and might
reconcile both groups to God in one body through the cross, thus
putting to death that hostility through it. So he came and
proclaimed peace to you who were far off and peace to those who
were near; for through him both of us have access in one Spirit to
the Father. So then you are no longer strangers and aliens, but
you are citizens with the saints and also members of the household
of God, built upon the foundation of the apostles and prophets,
with Christ Jesus himself as the cornerstone. In him the whole
structure is joined together and grows into a holy temple in the
Lord; in whom you also are built together spiritually into a
dwelling place for God.
HOLY GOSPEL OF OUR LORD JESUS CHRIST
ACCORDING TO MARK
The apostles gathered
around Jesus, and told him all that they had done and taught. He
said to them, "Come away to a deserted place all by
yourselves and rest a while." For many were coming and going,
and they had no leisure even to eat. And they went away in the
boat to a deserted place by themselves. Now many saw them going
and recognized them, and they hurried there on foot from all the
towns and arrived ahead of them. As he went ashore, he saw a great
crowd; and he had compassion for them, because they were like
sheep without a shepherd; and he began to teach them many things.
When they had crossed over, they came to land at Gennesaret and
moored the boat. When they got out of the boat, people at once
recognized him, and rushed about that whole region and began to
bring the sick on mats to wherever they heard he was. And wherever
he went, into villages or cities or farms, they laid the sick in
the marketplaces, and begged him that they might touch even the
fringe of his cloak; and all who touched it were healed.
MARK 6:30-34, 53-56
OVER THE GIFTS
accept our praise and thanksgiving.
Help us in all we do
to offer ourselves as a true and living sacrifice;
through Jesus Christ the Lord.
as we are strengthened in these holy mysteries,
may our lives be a continual offering,
holy and acceptable in your sight;
through Jesus Christ our Lord.