Author and Giver of all good things,
graft in our hearts the love of your name,
increase in us true religion,
nourish us in all goodness,
and of your great mercy keep us in the same;
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
Hear the word of the Lord, O house of Jacob, and all the
families of the house of Israel. Thus says the Lord: What wrong
did your ancestors find in me that they went far from me, and went
after worthless things, and became worthless themselves? They did
not say, "Where is the Lord who brought us up from the land
of Egypt, who led us in the wilderness, in a land of deserts and
pits, in a land of drought and deep darkness, in a land that no
one passes through, where no one lives?" I brought you into a
plentiful land to eat its fruits and its good things. But when you
entered you defiled my land, and made my heritage an abomination.
The priests did not say, "Where is the Lord?" Those who
handle the law did not know me; the rulers transgressed against
me; the prophets prophesied by Baal, and went after things that do
not profit. Therefore once more I accuse you, says the Lord, and I
accuse your children's children. Cross to the coasts of Cyprus and
look, send to Kedar and examine with care; see if there has ever
been such a thing. Has a nation changed its gods, even though they
are no gods? But my people have changed their glory for something
that does not profit. Be appalled, O heavens, at this, be shocked,
be utterly desolate, says the Lord, for my people have committed
two evils: they have forsaken me, the fountain of living water,
and dug out cisterns for themselves, cracked cisterns that can
hold no water.
REFRAIN Sing with joy to God our strength.
with joy to God our strength and raise a loud shout to the God of
am the Lord your God, who brought you out of the land of Egypt and
said, "Open your mouth wide, and I will fill it." R
yet my people did not hear my voice, and Israel would not obey me.
I gave them over to the stubbornness of their hearts, to follow
their own devices. R
that my people would listen to me! that Israel would walk in my
should soon subdue their enemies and turn my hand against their
who hate the Lord would cringe before him, and their punishment
would last for ever.
Israel would I feed with the finest wheat and satisfy him with
honey from the rock. R
PSALM 81:1, 10-16
READING FROM THE LETTER TO THE HEBREWS
Let mutual love continue. Do not neglect to show
hospitality to strangers, for by doing that some have entertained
angels without knowing it. Remember those who are in prison, as
though you were in prison with them; those who are being tortured,
as though you yourselves were being tortured. Let marriage be held
in honour by all, and let the marriage bed be kept undefiled; for
God will judge fornicators and adulterers. Keep your lives free
from the love of money, and be content with what you have; for he
has said, "I will never leave you or forsake you." So we
can say with confidence, "The Lord is my helper; I will not
be afraid. What can anyone do to me?" Remember your leaders,
those who spoke the word of God to you; consider the outcome of
their way of life, and imitate their faith. Jesus Christ is the
same yesterday and today and forever. Through him, then, let us
continually offer a sacrifice of praise to God, that is, the fruit
of lips that confess his name. Do not neglect to do good and to
share what you have, for such sacrifices are pleasing to God.
HEBREWS 13:1-8, 15-16
HOLY GOSPEL OF OUR LORD JESUS CHRIST
ACCORDING TO LUKE
On one occasion when Jesus was going to the house of a
leader of the Pharisees to eat a meal on the sabbath, they were
watching him closely. When he noticed how the guests chose the
places of honour, he told them a parable. "When you are
invited by someone to a wedding banquet, do not sit down at the
place of honour, in case someone more distinguished than you has
been invited by your host; and the host who invited both of you
may come and say to you, 'Give this person your place,' and then
in disgrace you would start to take the lowest place. But when you
are invited, go and sit down at the lowest place, so that when
your host comes, he may say to you, 'Friend, move up higher'; then
you will be honoured in the presence of all who sit at the table
with you. For all who exalt themselves will be humbled, and those
who humble themselves will be exalted." He said also to the
one who had invited him, "When you give a luncheon or a
dinner, do not invite your friends or your brothers or your
relatives or rich neighbours, in case they may invite you in
return, and you would be repaid. But when you give a banquet,
invite the poor, the crippled, the lame, and the blind. And you
will be blessed, because they cannot repay you, for you will be
repaid at the resurrection of the righteous."
LUKE 14:1, 7-14
OVER THE GIFTS
receive all we offer you this day.
Give us grace to love one another
that your love may be made perfect in us.
We ask this in the name of Jesus Christ our Lord.
you renew us at your table with the bread of life.
May your holy food strengthen us in love
and help us to serve you in each other.
We ask this in the name of Jesus Christ our Lord.