Almighty and everliving God,
increase in us your gift of faith,
that forsaking what lies behind
and reaching out to what is before,
we may run the way of your commandments
and win the crown of everlasting joy;
through Jesus Christ our Lord,
who lives and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit,
one God, now and for ever.
READING FROM THE BOOK OF JEREMIAH
The days are surely coming, says the Lord, when I will sow
the house of Israel and the house of Judah with the seed of humans
and the seed of animals. And just as I have watched over them to
pluck up and break down, to overthrow, destroy, and bring evil, so
I will watch over them to build and to plant, says the Lord. In
those days they shall no longer say: "The parents have eaten
sour grapes, and the children's teeth are set on edge." But
all shall die for their own sins; the teeth of everyone who eats
sour grapes shall be set on edge. The days are surely coming, says
the Lord, when I will make a new covenant with the house of Israel
and the house of Judah. It will not be like the covenant that I
made with their ancestors when I took them by the hand to bring
them out of the land of Egypt - a covenant that they broke, though
I was their husband, says the Lord. But this is the covenant that
I will make with the house of Israel after those days, says the
Lord: I will put my law within them, and I will write it on their
hearts; and I will be their God, and they shall be my people. No
longer shall they teach one another, or say to each other,
"Know the Lord," for they shall all know me, from the
least of them to the greatest, says the Lord; for I will forgive
their iniquity, and remember their sin no more.
The words of the Lord are sweeter than honey.
how I love your law! all the day long it is in my mind.
commandment has made me wiser than my enemies, and it is always
with me. R
have more understanding than all my teachers, for your decrees are
am wiser than the elders, because I observe your commandments. R
restrain my feet from every evil way, that I may keep your word.
do not shrink from your judgements, because you yourself have
taught me. R
sweet are your words to my taste! they are sweeter than honey to
your commandments I gain understanding; therefore I hate every
lying way. R
READING FROM THE SECOND LETTER OF PAUL TO TIMOTHY
As for you, continue in what you have learned and firmly
believed, knowing from whom you learned it, and how from childhood
you have known the sacred writings that are able to instruct you
for salvation through faith in Christ Jesus. All scripture is
inspired by God and is useful for teaching, for reproof, for
correction, and for training in righteousness, so that everyone
who belongs to God may be proficieint, equipped for every good
work. In the presence of God and of Christ Jesus, who is to judge
the living and the dead, and in view of his appearing and his
kingdom, I solemnly urge you: proclaim the message; be persistent
whether the time is favourable or unfavourable; convince, rebuke,
and encourage, with the utmost patience in teaching. For the time
is coming when people will not put up with sound doctrine, but
having itching ears, they will accumulate for themselves teachers
to suit their own desires, and will turn away from listening to
the truth and wander away to myths. As for you, always be sober,
endure suffering, do the work of an evangelist, carry out your
2 TIMOTHY 3:14-4:5
HOLY GOSPEL OF OUR LORD JESUS CHRIST ACCORDING TO LUKE
Then Jesus told them a parable about their need to pray
always and not to lose heart. He said, "In a certain city
there was a judge who neither feared God nor had respect for
people. In that city there was a widow who kept coming to him and
saying, 'Grant me justice against my opponent.' For a while he
refused; but later he said to himself, 'Though I have no fear of
God and no respect for anyone, yet because this widow keeps
bothering me, I will grant her justice, so that she may not wear
me out by continually coming.'" And the Lord said,
"Listen to what the unjust judge says. And will not God grant
justice to his chosen ones who cry to him day and night? Will he
delay long in helping them? I tell you, he will quickly grant
justice to them. And yet, when the Son of Man comes, will he find
faith on earth?"
OVER THE GIFTS
your word inspires our faith.
May we who offer you our praise
trust you in all things.
We ask this in the name of Jesus Christ the Lord.
God of peace,
you have nourished us in this sacrament
with the body and blood of Christ.
May we who have taken holy things
keep faith in our hearts and lives,
in the name of Jesus Christ the Lord.