BETWEEN 18 SEPTEMBER AND 24 SEPTEMBER
you have created the heavens and the earth,
and ourselves in your image.
Teach us to discern your hand in all your works
and to serve you with reverence and thanksgiving;
through Jesus Christ our Lord,
who is alive and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit,
one God, now and for ever.
READING FROM THE BOOK OF PROVERBS
A capable wife who can
find? She is far more precious than jewels. The heart of her
husband trusts in her, and he will have no lack of gain. She does
him good, and not harm, all the days of her life. She seeks wool
and flax, and works with willing hands. She is like the ships of
the merchant, she brings her food from far away. She rises while
it is still night and provides food for her household and tasks
for her servant girls. She considers a field and buys it; with the
fruit of her hands she plants a vineyard. She girds herself with
strength, and makes her arms strong. She perceives that her
merchandise is profitable. Her lamp does not go out at night. She
puts her hands to the distaff, and her hands hold the spindle. She
opens her hand to the poor, and reaches out her hands to the
needy. She is not afraid for her household when it snows, for all
her household are clothed in crimson. She makes herself coverings;
her clothing is fine linen and purple. Her husband is known in the
city gates, taking his seat among the elders of the land. She
makes linen garments and sells them; she supplies the merchant
with sashes. Strength and dignity are her clothing, and she laughs
at the time to come. She opens her mouth with wisdom, and the
teaching of kindness is on her tongue. She looks well to the ways
of her household, and does not eat the bread of idleness. Her
children rise up and call her happy; her husband too, and he
praises her: "Many women have done excellently, but you
surpass them all." Charm is deceitful, and beauty is vain,
but a woman who fears the Lord is to be praised. Give her a share
in the fruit of her hands, and let her works praise her in the
REFRAIN Happy are they
who trust in the Lord.
are they who have not walked in the counsel of the wicked, nor
lingered in the way of sinners, nor sat in the seats of the
delight is in the law of the Lord, and they meditate on his law
day and night. R
are like trees planted by streams of water, bearing fruit in due
season, with leaves that do not wither; everything they do shall
is not so with the wicked; they are like chaff which the wind
the wicked shall not stand upright when judgement comes, nor the
sinner in the council of the righteous.
the Lord knows the way of the righteous, but the way of the wicked
is doomed. R
READING FROM THE LETTER OF JAMES
Who is wise and
understanding among you? Show by your good life that your works
are done with gentleness born of wisdom. But if you have bitter
envy and selfish ambition in your hearts, do not be boastful and
false to the truth. Such wisdom does not come down from above, but
is earthly, unspiritual, devilish. For where there is envy and
selfish ambition, there will also be disorder and wickedness of
every kind. But the wisdom from above is first pure, then
peaceable, gentle, willing to yield, full of mercy and good
fruits, without a trace of partiality or hypocrisy. And a harvest
of righteousness is sown in peace for those who make peace. Those
conflicts and disputes among you, where do they come from? Do they
not come from your cravings that are at war within you? You want
something and do not have it; so you commit murder. And you covet
something and cannot obtain it; so you engage in disputes and
conflicts. You do not have, because you do not ask. You ask and do
not receive, because you ask wrongly, in order to spend what you
get on your pleasures. Submit yourselves therefore to God. Resist
the devil, and he will flee from you. Draw near to God, and he
will draw near to you.
JAMES 3:13-4:3, 7-8A
HOLY GOSPEL OF OUR LORD JESUS CHRIST ACCORDING TO MARK
They went on from there
and passed through Galilee. Jesus did not want anyone to know it;
for he was teaching his disciples, saying to them, "The Son
of Man is to be betrayed into human hands, and they will kill him,
and three days after being killed, he will rise again." But
they did not understand what he was saying and were afraid to ask
him. Then they came to Capernaum; and when he was in the house he
asked them, "What were you arguing about on the way?"
But they were silent, for on the way they had argued with one
another who was the greatest. He sat down, called the twelve, and
said to them, "Whoever wants to be first must be last of all
and servant of all." Then he took a little child and put it
among them; and taking it in his arms, he said to them,
"Whoever welcomes one such child in my name welcomes me, and
whoever welcomes me welcomes not me but the one who sent me."
OVER THE GIFTS
God of power,
the glory of your works fills us with wonder and awe.
Accept our offering this day,
and help us to live in peace and harmony
with all your creation,
for the sake of Jesus Christ our Lord.
Ruler of the universe,
all creation yearns for its fulfilment in your Son.
May we who have shared in holy things
grow into maturity in him.
This we ask in the name of the same Jesus Christ our Lord.