we are taught by your word
that all our doings without love are worth nothing.
Send your Holy Spirit and pour into our hearts
that most excellent gift of love,
the true bond of peace and of all virtue;
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 JEREMIAH
Now the word of the Lord came to me saying, "Before I
formed you in the womb I knew you, and before you were born I
consecrated you; I appointed you a prophet to the nations."
Then I said, "Ah, Lord God! Truly I do not know how to speak,
for I am only a boy." But the Lord said to me, "Do not
say, 'I am only a boy'; for you shall go to all to whom I send
you, and you shall speak whatever I command you, Do not be afraid
of them, for I am with you to deliver you, says the Lord."
Then the Lord put out his hand and touched my mouth; and the Lord
said to me, "Now I have put my words in your mouth. See,
today I appoint you over nations and over kingdoms, to pluck up
and to pull down, to destroy and to overthrow, to build and to
REFRAIN From my mother's womb you have been my strength.
you, O Lord, have I taken refuge; let me never be ashamed.
your righteousness, deliver me and set me free; incline your ear
to me and save me. R
my strong rock, a castle to keep me safe; you are my crag and my
me, my God, from the hand of the wicked, from the clutches of the
evildoer and the oppressor. R
you are my hope, O Lord God, my confidence since I was young.
have been sustained by you ever since I was born; from my mother's
womb you have been my strength; my praise shall be always of you.
READING FROM THE LETTER TO THE HEBREWS
You have not come to something that can be touched, a
blazing fire, and darkness, and gloom, and a tempest, and the
sound of a trumpet, and a voice whose words made the hearers beg
that not another word be spoken to them. (For they could not
endure the order that was given, "If even an animal touches
the mountain, it shall be stoned to death." Indeed, so
terrifying was the sight that Moses said, "I tremble with
fear.") But you have come to Mount Zion and to the city of
the living God, the heavenly Jerusalem, and to innumerable angels
in festal gathering, and to the assembly of the firstborn who are
enrolled in heaven, and to God the judge of all, and to the
spirits of the righteous made perfect, and to Jesus, the mediator
of a new covenant, and to the sprinkled blood that speaks a better
word than the blood of Abel. See that you do not refuse the one
who is speaking; for if they did not escape when they refused the
one who warned them on earth, how much less will we escape if we
reject the one who warns from heaven! At that time his voice shook
the earth; but now he has promised, "Yet once more I will
shake not only the earth but also the heaven." This phrase,
"Yet once more," indicates the removal of what is shaken
- that is, created things - so that what cannot be shaken may
remain. Therefore, since we are receiving a kingdom that cannot be
shaken, let us give thanks, by which we offer to God an acceptable
worship with reverence and awe; for indeed our God is a consuming
HOLY GOSPEL OF OUR LORD JESUS CHRIST
ACCORDING TO LUKE
Now he was teaching in one of the synagogues on the
sabbath. And just then there appeared a woman with a spirit that
had crippled her for eighteen years. She was bent over and was
quite unable to stand up straight. When Jesus saw her, he called
her over and said, "Woman, you are set free from your
ailment." When he laid his hands on her, immediately she
stood up straight and began praising God. But the leader of the
synagogue, indignant because Jesus had cured on the sabbath, kept
saying to the crowd, "There are six days on which work ought
to be done; come on those days and be cured, and not on the
sabbath day." But the Lord answered him and said, "You
hypocrites! Does not each of you on the sabbath untie his ox or
his donkey from the manger, and lead it away to give it water? And
ought not this woman, a daughter of Abraham whom Satan bound for
eighteen long years, be set free from this bondage on the sabbath
day?" When he said this, all his opponents were put to shame;
and the entire crowd was rejoicing at all the wonderful things
that he was doing.
OVER THE GIFTS
God of glory,
receive all we offer this day as a symbol of our love,
and increase in us that true and perfect gift.
We ask this in the name of Jesus Christ our Lord.
increase in us the healing power of your love.
Guide and direct us
that we may please you in all things,
for the sake of Jesus Christ our Lord.