BETWEEN 31 JULY AND 6 AUGUST
your Son Jesus Christ fed the hungry
with the bread of his life
and the word of his kingdom.
Renew your people with your heavenly grace,
and in all our weakness
sustain us by your true and living bread,
who lives and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit,
one God, now and for ever.
READING FROM THE BOOK OF HOSEA
Israel was a child, I loved him, and out of Egypt I called my son.
The more I called them, the more they went from me; they kept
sacrificing to the Baals, and offering incense to idols. Yet it
was I who taught Ephraim to walk, I took them up in my arms; but
they did not know that I healed them. I led them with cords of
human kindness, with bands of love. I was to them like those who
lift infants to their cheeks. I bent down to them and fed them.
They shall return to the land of Egypt, and Assyria shall be their
king, because they have refused to return to me. The sword rages
in their cities, it consumes their oracle-priests, and devours
because of their schemes. My people are bent on turning away from
me. To the Most High they call, but he does not raise them up at
all. How can I give you up, Ephraim? How can I hand you over, O
Israel? How can I make you like Admah? How can I treat you like
Zeboiim? My heart recoils within me; my compassion grows warm and
tender. I will not execute my fierce anger; I will not again
destroy Ephraim; for I am God and no mortal, the Holy One in your
midst, and I will not come in wrath. They shall go after the Lord,
who roars like a lion; when he roars, his children shall come
trembling from the west. They shall come trembling like birds from
Egypt, and like doves from the land of Assyria; and I will return
them to their homes, says the Lord.
Give thanks to the Lord for he is good.
thanks to the Lord, for he is good, and his mercy endures for
all those whom the Lord has redeemed proclaim that he redeemed
them from the hand of the foe. R
gathered them out of the lands; from the east and from the west,
from the north and from the south.
wandered in desert wastes; they found no way to a city where they
might dwell. R
were hungry and thirsty; their spirits languished within them.
they cried to the Lord in their trouble, and he delivered them
from their distress.
put their feet on a straight path to go to a city where they might
them give thanks to the Lord for his mercy and the wonders he does
for his children.
he satisfies the thirsty and fills the hungry with good things.
is wise will ponder these things, and consider well the mercies of
the Lord. R
PSALM 107:1-9, 43
READING FROM THE LETTER OF PAUL TO THE COLOSSIANS
if you have been raised with Christ, seek the things that are
above, where Christ is, seated at the right hand of God. Set your
minds on things that are above, not on things that are on earth,
for you have died, and your life is hidden with Christ in God.
When Christ who is your life is revealed, then you also will be
revealed with him in glory. Put to death, therefore, whatever in
you is earthly: fornication, impurity, passion, evil desire, and
greed (which is idolatry). On account of these the wrath of God is
coming on those who are disobedient. These are the ways you also
once followed, when you were living that life. But now you must
get rid of all such things - anger, wrath, malice, slander, and
abusive language from your mouth. Do not lie to one another,
seeing that you have stripped off the old self with its practices
and have clothed yourselves with the new self, which is being
renewed in knowledge according to the image of its creator. In
that renewal there is no longer Greek and Jew, circumcised and
uncircumcised, barbarian, Scythian, slave and free; but Christ is
all and in all!
HOLY GOSPEL OF OUR LORD JESUS CHRIST ACCORDING TO LUKE
in the crowd said to Jesus, "Teacher, tell my brother to
divide the family inheritance with me." But he said to him,
"Friend, who set me to be a judge or arbitrator over
you?" And he said to them, "Take care! Be on your guard
against all kinds of greed; for one's life does not consist in the
abundance of possessions." Then he told them a parable:
"The land of a rich man produced abundantly. And he thought
to himself, 'What should I do, for I have no place to store my
crops?' Then he said, 'I will do this: I will pull down my barns
and build larger ones, and there I will store all my grain and my
goods. And I will say to my soul, 'Soul, you have ample goods laid
up for many years; relax, eat, drink, be merry.' But God said to
him, 'You fool! This very night your life is being demanded of
you. And the things you have prepared, whose will they be?' So it
is with those who store up treasures for themselves but are not
rich toward God."
OVER THE GIFTS
accept all we offer you this day,
and feed us continually with that bread
which satisfies all hunger,
your Son our Saviour Jesus Christ.
we have shared in the mystery
of the body and blood of Christ.
May we who have tasted the bread of life
live with you for ever.
We ask this in the name of Jesus Christ our Lord.