BETWEEN 7 AUGUST AND 13 AUGUST
SAMUEL 18:5-9, 15, 31-33
you sent your Holy Spirit
to be the life and light of your Church.
Open our hearts to the riches of your grace,
that we may bring forth the fruit of the Spirit
in love, joy, and peace;
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 SECOND BOOK OF SAMUEL
The king ordered Joab and Abishai and Ittai, saying, "Deal
gently for my sake with the young man Absalom." And all the
people heard when the king gave orders to all the commanders
concerning Absalom. So the army went out into the field against
Israel; and the battle was fought in the forest of Ephraim. The
men of Israel were defeated there by the servants of David, and
the slaughter there was great on that day, twenty thousand men.
The battle spread over the face of all the country; and the forest
claimed more victims that day than the sword. Absalom happened to
meet the servants of David. Absalom was riding on his mule, and
the mule went under the thick branches of a great oak. His head
caught fast in the oak, and he was left hanging between heaven and
earth, while the mule that was under him went on. And ten young
men, Joab's armour-bearers, surrounded Absalom and struck him, and
killed him. Then the Cushite came; and the Cushite said,
"Good tidings for my lord the king! For the Lord has
vindicated you this day, delivering you from the power of all who
rose up against you." The king said to the Cushite, "Is
it well with the young man Absalom?" The Cushite answered,
"May the enemies of my lord the king, and all who rise up to
do you harm, be like that young man." The king was deeply
moved, and went up to the chamber over the gate, and wept; and as
he went, he said, "O my son Absalom, my son, my son Absalom!
Would I had died instead of you, O Absalom, my son, my son!"
2 SAMUEL 18:5-9, 15, 31-33
REFRAIN The Lord shall redeem us from all our sins.
of the depths have I called to you, O Lord; Lord, hear my voice;
let your ears consider well the voice of my supplication. R
you, Lord, were to note what is done amiss, O Lord, who could
there is forgiveness with you; therefore you shall be feared. R
wait for the Lord; my soul waits for him; in his word is my hope.
soul waits for the Lord, more than watchmen for the morning, more
than watchmen for the morning. R
Israel, wait for the Lord, for with the Lord there is mercy;
him there is plenteous redemption, and he shall redeem Israel from
all their sins. R
READING FROM THE LETTER OF PAUL TO THE EPHESIANS
So then, putting away falsehood, let all of us speak the truth to
our neighbours, for we are members of one another. Be angry but do
not sin; do not let the sun go down on your anger, and do not make
room for the devil. Thieves must give up stealing; rather let them
labour and work honestly with their own hands, so as to have
something to share with the needy. Let no evil talk come out of
your mouths, but only what is useful for building up, as there is
need, so that your words may give grace to those who hear. And do
not grieve the Holy Spirit of God, with which you were marked with
a seal for the day of redemption. Put away from you all bitterness
and wrath and anger and wrangling and slander, together with all
malice, and be kind to one another, tenderhearted, forgiving one
another, as God in Christ has forgiven you. Therefore be imitators
of God, as beloved children, and live in love, as Christ loved us
and gave himself up for us, a fragrant offering and sacrifice to
HOLY GOSPEL OF OUR LORD JESUS CHRIST
ACCORDING TO JOHN
Jesus said to the people,
"I am the bread of life. Whoever comes to me will never be
hungry, and whoever believes in me will never be thirsty."
Then the Jews began to complain about him because he said, "I
am the bread that came down from heaven." They were saying,
"Is not this Jesus, the son of Joseph, whose father and
mother we know? How can he now say, 'I have come down from
heaven'?" Jesus answered them, "Do not complain among
yourselves. No one can come to me unless drawn by the Father who
sent me; and I will raise that person up on the last day. It is
written in the prophets, 'And they shall all be taught by God.'
Everyone who has heard and learned from the Father comes to me.
Not that anyone has seen the Father except the one who is from
God; he has seen the Father. Very truly, I tell you, whoever
believes has eternal life. I am the bread of life. Your ancestors
ate the manna in the wilderness, and they died. This is the bread
that comes down from heaven, so that one may eat of it and not
die. I am the living bread that came down from heaven. Whoever
eats of this bread will live forever; and the bread that I will
give for the life of the world is my flesh."
JOHN 6:35, 41-51
OVER THE GIFTS
receive all we offer you this day,
and grant that in this eucharist
we may be enriched by the gifts of the Spirit.
We ask this in the name of Jesus Christ our Lord.
grant to your Church the unity and peace
that we have tasted in this eucharist,
the fruit of your life-giving Spirit.
We ask this in the name of Jesus Christ the Lord.