BETWEEN 21 AUGUST AND 27 AUGUST
KINGS 8: (1, 6, 10-11) 22-30, 41-43
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 FIRST BOOK OF KINGS
Solomon assembled the elders of Israel and all the heads of the
tribes, the leaders of the ancestral houses of the Israelites,
before King Solomon in Jerusalem, to bring up the ark of the
covenant of the Lord out of the city of David, which is Zion. Then
the priests brought the ark of the covenant of the Lord to its
place, in the inner sanctuary of the house, in the most holy
place, underneath the wings of the cherubim. And when the priests
came out of the holy place, a cloud filled the house of the Lord,
so that the priests could not stand to minister because of the
cloud; for the glory of the Lord filled the house of the Lord.]
Then Solomon stood
before the altar of the Lord in the presence of all the assembly
of Israel, and spread out his hands to heaven. He said, "O
Lord, God of Israel, there is no God like you in heaven above or
on earth beneath, keeping covenant and steadfast love for your
servants who walk before you with all their heart, the covenant
that you kept for your servant my father David as you declared to
him; you promised with your mouth and have this day fulfilled with
your hand. Therefore, O Lord, God of Israel, keep for your servant
my father David that which you promised him, saying, 'There shall
never fail you a successor before me to sit on the throne of
Israel, if only your children look to their way, to walk before me
as you have walked before me.' Therefore, O God of Israel, let
your word be confirmed, which you promised to your servant my
father David. But will God indeed dwell on the earth? Even heaven
and the highest heaven cannot contain you, much less this house
that I have built! Regard your servant's prayer and his plea, O
Lord my God, heeding the cry and the prayer that your servant
prays to you today; that your eyes may be open night and day
toward this house, the place of which you said, 'My name shall be
there,' that you may heed the prayer that your servant prays
toward this place. Hear the plea of your servant and of your
people Israel when they pray toward this place; O hear in heaven
your dwelling place; heed and forgive. Likewise when a foreigner,
who is not of your people Israel, comes from a distant land
because of your name - for they shall hear of your great name,
your mighty hand, and your outstretched arm - when a foreigner
comes and prays toward this house, then hear in heaven your
dwelling place, and do according to all that the foreigner calls
to you, so that all the peoples of the earth may know your name
and fear you, as do your people Israel, and so that they may know
that your name has been invoked on this house that I have
1 KINGS 8: (1, 6, 10-11) 22-30, 41-43
REFRAIN Happy are the
people whose strength is in you!
dear to me is your dwelling, O Lord of hosts! My soul has a desire
and longing for the courts of the Lord; my heart and my flesh
rejoice in the living God. R
sparrow has found her a house and the swallow a nest where she may
lay her young; by the side of your altars, O Lord of hosts, my
King and my God. R
are they who dwell in your house! they will always be praising
are the people whose strength is in you! whose hearts are set on
the pilgrims' way. R
who go through the desolate valley will find it a place of
springs, for the early rains have covered it with pools of water.
will climb from height to height, and the God of gods will reveal
himself in Zion.
God of hosts, hear my prayer; hearken, O God of Jacob. R
our defender, O God; and look upon the face of your anointed.
one day in your courts is better than a thousand in my own room,
and to stand at the threshold of the house of my God than to dwell
in the tents of the wicked. R
the Lord God is both sun and shield; he will give grace and glory;
good thing will the Lord withhold from those who walk with
Lord of hosts, happy are they who put their trust in you! R
READING FROM THE LETTER OF PAUL TO THE EPHESIANS
Finally, be strong in
the Lord and in the strength of his power. Put on the whole armour
of God, so that you may be able to stand against the wiles of the
devil. For our struggle is not against enemies of blood and flesh,
but against the rulers, against the authorities, against the
cosmic powers of this present darkness, against the spiritual
forces of evil in the heavenly places. Therefore take up the whole
armour of God, so that you may be able to withstand on that evil
day, and having done everything, to stand firm. Stand therefore,
and fasten the belt of truth around your waist, and put on the
breastplate of righteousness. As shoes for your feet put on
whatever will make you ready to proclaim the gospel of peace. With
all of these, take the shield of faith, with which you will be
able to quench all the flaming arrows of the evil one. Take the
helmet of salvation, and the sword of the Spirit, which is the
word of God. Pray in the Spirit at all times in every prayer and
supplication. To that end keep alert and always persevere in
supplication for all the saints. Pray also for me, so that when I
speak, a message may be given to me to make known with boldness
the mystery of the gospel, for which I am an ambassador in chains.
Pray that I may declare it boldly, as I must speak.
HOLY GOSPEL OF OUR LORD JESUS CHRIST ACCORDING TO JOHN
Jesus said, "Those
who eat my flesh and drink my blood abide in me, and I in them.
Just as the living Father sent me, and I live because of the
Father, so whoever eats me will live because of me. This is the
bread that came down from heaven, not like that which your
ancestors ate, and they died. But the one who eats this bread will
live forever." He said these things while he was teaching in
the synagogue at Capernaum. When many of his disciples heard it,
they said, "This teaching is difficult; who can accept
it?" But Jesus, being aware that his disciples were
complaining about it, said to them, "Does this offend you?
Then what if you were to see the Son of Man ascending to where he
was before? It is the spirit that gives life; the flesh is
useless. The words that I have spoken to you are spirit and life.
But among you there are some who do not believe." For Jesus
knew from the first who were the ones that did not believe, and
who was the one that would betray him. And he said, "For this
reason I have told you that no one can come to me unless it is
granted by the Father." Because of this many of his disciples
turned back and no longer went about with him. So Jesus asked the
twelve, "Do you also wish to go away?" Simon Peter
answered him, "Lord, to whom can we go? You have the words of
eternal life. We have come to believe and know that you are the
Holy One of God."
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.