Creator of the fruitful earth,
you made us stewards of all things.
Give us grateful hearts for all your goodness,
and steadfast wills to use your bounty well,
that the whole human family,
today and in generations to come,
may with us give thanks for the riches of your creation.
We ask this in the name of Jesus Christ the Lord.
READING FROM THE BOOK OF DEUTERONOMY
When you have come into the land that the Lord your God is
giving you as an inheritance to possess, and you possess it, and
settle in it, you shall take some of the first of all the fruit of
the ground, which you harvest from the land that the Lord your God
is giving you, and you shall put it in a basket and go to the
place that the Lord your God will choose as a dwelling for his
name. You shall go to the priest who is in office at that time,
and say to him, "Today I declare to the Lord your God that I
have come into the land that the Lord swore to our ancestors to
give us." When the priest takes the basket from your hand and
sets it down before the altar of the Lord your God, you shall make
this response before the Lord your God: "A wandering Aramean
was my ancestor; he went down into Egypt and lived there as an
alien, few in number, and there he became a great nation, mighty
and populous. When the Egyptians treated us harshly and afflicted
us, by imposing hard labour on us, we cried to the Lord, the God
of our ancestors; the Lord heard our voice and saw our affliction,
our toil, and our oppression. The Lord brought us out of Egypt
with a mighty hand and an outstretched arm, with a terrifying
display of power, and with signs and wonders; and he brought us
into this place and gave us this land, a land flowing with milk
and honey. So now I bring the first of the fruit of the ground
that you, O Lord, have given me." You shall set it down
before the Lord your God and bow down before the Lord your God.
Then you, together with the Levites and the aliens who reside
among you, shall celebrate with all the bounty that the Lord your
God has given to you and to your house.
REFRAIN We are God's people, the sheep of his pasture.
joyful in the Lord, all you lands; serve the Lord with gladness
and come before his presence with a
this: The Lord himself is God; he himself has made us, and we are
his; we are his people and the sheep of his pasture. R
his gates with thanksgiving; go into his courts with praise; give
thanks to him and call upon his
the Lord is good; his mercy is everlasting; and his faithfulness
endures from age to age. R
READING FROM THE LETTER OF PAUL TO THE PHILIPPIANS
Rejoice in the Lord always; again I will say, Rejoice. Let
your gentleness be known to everyone. The Lord is near. Do not
worry about anything, but in everything by prayer and supplication
with thanksgiving let your requests be made known to God. And the
peace of God, which surpasses all understanding, will guard your
hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus. Finally, beloved, whatever
is true, whatever is honourable, whatever is just, whatever is
pure, whatever is pleasing, whatever is commendable, if there is
any excellence and if there is anything worthy of praise, think
about these things. Keep on doing the things that you have learned
and received and heard and seen in me, and the God of peace will
be with you.
HOLY GOSPEL OF OUR LORD JESUS CHRIST
ACCORDING TO JOHN
When they found Jesus on the other side of the sea, they
said to him, "Rabbi, when did you come here?" Jesus
answered them, "Very truly, I tell you, you are looking for
me, not because you saw signs, but because you ate your fill of
the loaves. Do not work for the food that perishes, but for the
food that endures for eternal life, which the Son of Man will give
you. For it is on him that God the Father has set his seal."
Then they said to him, "What must we do to perform the works
of God?" Jesus answered them, "This is the work of God,
that you believe in him whom he has sent." So they said to
him, "What sign are you going to give us then, so that we may
see it and believe you? What work are you performing? Our
ancestors ate the manna in the wilderness; as it is written, 'He
gave them bread from heaven to eat.'" Then Jesus said to
them, "Very truly, I tell you, it was not Moses who gave you
the bread from heaven, but it is my Father who gives you the true
bread from heaven. For the bread of God is that which comes down
from heaven and gives life to the world." They said to him,
"Sir, give us this bread always." Jesus said to them,
"I am the bread of life. Whoever comes to me will never be
hungry, and whoever believes in me will never be thirsty."
OVER THE GIFTS
Source of all life,
the heaven and earth are yours,
yet you have given us dominion over all things.
Receive the symbols of our labour and love
which we offer you this day,
in the name of Jesus Christ our Lord.
God of our hope,
in this eucharist we find the source of all your blessings.
Nourished in these holy mysteries
may we, with our lives,
give you continual thanks and praise.
This we ask in the name of Jesus Christ our Lord.