BETWEEN 10 JULY AND 16 JULY
you have made us for yourself,
and our hearts are restless
until they find their rest in you.
May we find peace in your service,
and in the world to come, see you face to face;
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 AMOS
This is what he showed
me: the Lord was standing beside a wall built with a plumb line,
with a plumb line in his hand. And the Lord said to me,
"Amos, what do you see?" And I said, "A plumb
line." Then the Lord said, "See, I am setting a plumb
line in the midst of my people Israel; I will never again pass
them by; the high places of Isaac shall be made desolate, and the
sanctuaries of Israel shall be laid waste, and I will rise against
the house of Jeroboam with the sword." Then Amaziah, the
priest of Bethel, sent to King Jeroboam of Israel, saying,
"Amos has conspired against you in the very centre of the
house of Israel; the land is not able to bear all his words. For
thus Amos has said, 'Jeroboam shall die by the sword, and Israel
must go into exile away from his land.'" And Amaziah said to
Amos, "O seer, go, flee away to the land of Judah, earn your
bread there, and prophesy there; but never again prophesy at
Bethel, for it is the king's sanctuary, and it is a temple of the
kingdom." Then Amos answered Amaziah, "I am no prophet,
nor a prophet's son; but I am a herdsman, and a dresser of
sycamore trees, and the Lord took me from following the flock, and
the Lord said to me, 'Go, prophesy to my people Israel.' "Now
therefore hear the word of the Lord. You say, 'Do not prophesy
against Israel, and do not preach against the house of Isaac.'
Therefore thus says the Lord: 'Your wife shall become a prostitute
in the city, and your sons and your daughters shall fall by the
sword, and your land shall be parcelled out by line; you yourself
shall die in an unclean land, and Israel shall surely go into
exile away from its land.'"
REFRAIN Arise, O God, and rule the earth.
takes his stand in the council of heaven; he gives judgement in
the midst of the gods:
long will you judge unjustly, and show favour to the wicked? R
the weak and the orphan; defend the humble and needy;
the weak and the poor; deliver them from the power of the wicked.
do not know, neither do they understand; they go about in
darkness; all the foundations of the earth are shaken. R
I say to you, 'You are gods, and all of you children of the Most
High; Nevertheless, you shall die like mortals, and fall like any
O God, and rule the earth, for you shall take all nations for your
READING FROM THE LETTER OF PAUL TO THE COLOSSIANS
Paul, an apostle of Christ Jesus by the will of God, and
Timothy our brother, To the saints and faithful brothers and
sisters in Christ in Colossae: Grace to you and peace from God our
Father. In our prayers for you we always thank God, the Father of
our Lord Jesus Christ, for we have heard of your faith in Christ
Jesus and of the love that you have for all the saints, because of
the hope laid up for you in heaven. You have heard of this hope
before in the word of the truth, the gospel that has come to you.
Just as it is bearing fruit and growing in the whole world, so it
has been bearing fruit among yourselves from the day you heard it
and truly comprehended the grace of God. This you learned from
Epaphras, our beloved fellow servant. He is a faithful minister of
Christ on your behalf, and he has made known to us your love in
the Spirit. For this reason, since the day we heard it, we have
not ceased praying for you and asking that you may be filled with
the knowledge of God's will in all spiritual wisdom and
understanding, so that you may lead lives worthy of the Lord,
fully pleasing to him, as you bear fruit in every good work and as
you grow in the knowledge of God. May you be made strong with all
the strength that comes from his glorious power, and may you be
prepared to endure everything with patience, while joyfully giving
thanks to the Father, who has enabled you to share in the
inheritance of the saints in the light. He has rescued us from the
power of darkness and transferred us into the kingdom of his
beloved Son, in whom we have redemption, the forgiveness of sins.
HOLY GOSPEL OF OUR LORD JESUS CHRIST
ACCORDING TO LUKE
Just then a lawyer stood up to test Jesus.
"Teacher," he said, "what must I do to inherit
eternal life?" He said to him, "What is written in the
law? What do you read there?" He answered, "You shall
love the Lord your God with all your heart, and with all your
soul, and with all your strength, and with all your mind; and your
neighbour as yourself." And he said to him, "You have
given the right answer; do this, and you will live." But
wanting to justify himself, he asked Jesus, "And who is my
neighbour?" Jesus replied, "A man was going down from
Jerusalem to Jericho, and fell into the hands of robbers, who
stripped him, beat him, and went away, leaving him half dead. Now
by chance a priest was going down that road; and when he saw him,
he passed by on the other side. So likewise a Levite, when he came
to the place and saw him, passed by on the other side. But a
Samaritan while travelling came near him; and when he saw him, he
was moved with pity. He went to him and bandaged his wounds,
having poured oil and wine on them. Then he put him on his own
animal, brought him to an inn, and took care of him. The next day
he took out two denarii, gave them to the innkeeper, and said,
'Take care of him; and when I come back, I will repay you whatever
more you spend.' Which of these three, do you think, was a
neighbour to the man who fell into the hands of the robbers?"
He said, "The one who showed him mercy." Jesus said to
him, "Go and do likewise."
OVER THE GIFTS
your word creates in us a yearning for your kingdom.
Receive all we offer you this day, and keep us in your peace;
for the sake of Jesus Christ the Lord.
in this sacrament we have shared in your eternal kingdom.
May we who taste this mystery
forever serve you in faith, hope, and love.
We ask this in the name of Jesus Christ the Lord.