BETWEEN 26 JUNE AND 2 JULY
KINGS 2:1-2, 6-14
you have taught us through your Son
that love fulfils the law.
May we love you with all our heart,
all our soul, all our mind, and all our strength,
and may we love our neighbour as ourselves;
through Jesus Christ our Lord,
who lives and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit,
one God, now and for ever.
READING FROM THE SECOND BOOK OF KINGS
Now when the Lord was about to take Elijah up to heaven by
a whirlwind, Elijah and Elisha were on their way from Gilgal.
Elijah said to Elisha, "Stay here; for the Lord has sent me
as far as Bethel." But Elisha said, "As the Lord lives,
and as you yourself live, I will not leave you." So they went
down to Bethel. Then Elijah said to him, "Stay here; for the
Lord has sent me to the Jordan." But he said, "As the
Lord lives, and as you yourself live, I will not leave you."
So the two of them went on. Fifty men of the company of prophets
also went, and stood at some distance from them, as they both were
standing by the Jordan. Then Elijah took his mantle and rolled it
up, and struck the water; the water was parted to the one side and
to the other, until the two of them crossed on dry ground. When
they had crossed, Elijah said to Elisha, "Tell me what I may
do for you, before I am taken from you." Elisha said,
"Please let me inherit a double share of your spirit."
He responded, "You have asked a hard thing; yet, if you see
me as I am being taken from you, it will be granted you; if not,
it will not." As they continued walking and talking, a
chariot of fire and horses of fire separated the two of them, and
Elijah ascended in a whirlwind into heaven. Elisha kept watching
and crying out, "Father, father! The chariots of Israel and
its horsemen!" But when he could no longer see him, he
grasped his own clothes and tore them in two pieces. He picked up
the mantle of Elijah that had fallen from him, and went back and
stood on the bank of the Jordan. He took the mantle of Elijah that
had fallen from him, and struck the water, saying, "Where is
the Lord, the God of Elijah?" When he had struck the water,
the water was parted to the one side and to the other, and Elisha
2 KINGS 2:1-2, 6-14
Refrain I will remember the works of the Lord.
will cry aloud to God; I will cry aloud, and he will hear me.
the day of my trouble I sought the Lord; my hands were stretched
out by night and did not tire; I refused to be comforted. R
will remember the works of the Lord, and call to mind your wonders
of old time.
will meditate on all your acts and ponder your mighty deeds. R
way, O God, is holy; who is so great a god as our God?
are the God who works wonders and have declared your power among
the peoples. R
your strength you have redeemed your people, the children of Jacob
waters saw you, O God; the waters saw you and trembled; the very
depths were shaken. R
clouds poured out water; the skies thundered; your arrows flashed
to and fro;
sound of your thunder was in the whirlwind; your lightnings lit up
the world; the earth trembled and shook. R
way was in the sea, and your paths in the great waters, yet your
footsteps were not seen.
led your people like a flock by the hand of Moses and Aaron. R
PSALM 77:1-2, 11-20
READING FROM THE LETTER OF PAUL TO THE GALATIANS
For freedom Christ has set us free. Stand firm, therefore,
and do not submit again to a yoke of slavery. For you were called
to freedom, brothers and sisters; only do not use your freedom as
an opportunity for self-indulgence, but through love become slaves
to one another. For the whole law is summed up in a single
commandment, "You shall love your neighbour as
yourself." If, however, you bite and devour one another, take
care that you are not consumed by one another. Live by the Spirit,
I say, and do not gratify the desires of the flesh. For what the
flesh desires is opposed to the Spirit, and what the Spirit
desires is opposed to the flesh; for these are opposed to each
other, to prevent you from doing what you want. But if you are led
by the Spirit, you are not subject to the law. Now the works of
the flesh are obvious: fornication, impurity, licentiousness,
idolatry, sorcery, enmities, strife, jealousy, anger, quarrels,
dissensions, factions, envy, drunkenness, carousing, and things
like these. I am warning you, as I warned you before: those who do
such things will not inherit the kingdom of God. By contrast, the
fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, patience, kindness,
generosity, faithfulness, gentleness, and self-control. There is
no law against such things. And those who belong to Christ Jesus
have crucified the flesh with its passions and desires. If we live
by the Spirit, let us also be guided by the Spirit.
GALATIANS 5:1, 13-25
HOLY GOSPEL OF OUR LORD JESUS CHRIST ACCORDING TO LUKE
When the days drew near for Jesus to be taken up, he set
his face to go to Jerusalem. And he sent messengers ahead of him.
On their way they entered a village of the Samaritans to make
ready for him; but they did not receive him, because his face was
set toward Jerusalem. When his disciples James and John saw it,
they said, "Lord, do you want us to command fire to come down
from heaven and consume them?" But he turned and rebuked
them. Then they went on to another village. As they were going
along the road, someone said to him, "I will follow you
wherever you go." And Jesus said to him, "Foxes have
holes, and birds of the air have nests; but the Son of Man has
nowhere to lay his head." To another he said, "Follow
me." But he said, "Lord, first let me go and bury my
father." But Jesus said to him, "Let the dead bury their
own dead; but as for you, go and proclaim the kingdom of
God." Another said, "I will follow you, Lord; but let me
first say farewell to those at my home." Jesus said to him,
"No one who puts a hand to the plow and looks back is fit for
the kingdom of God."
OVER THE GIFTS
God of wisdom,
receive all we offer you this day.
Enrich our lives with the gifts of your Spirit,
that we may follow the way of our Lord Jesus Christ,
and serve one another in freedom.
We ask this in his name.
God of power,
we are nourished by the riches of your grace.
Raise us to new life in your Son Jesus Christ
and fit us for his eternal kingdom,
that all the world may call him Lord.
We ask this in his name.