SUNDAY AFTER THE EPIPHANY PROPER 4
in Christ you make all things new.
Transform the poverty of our nature
by the riches of your grace,
and in the renewal of our lives
make known your glory;
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 MICAH
Hear what the Lord says: Rise, plead your case before the
mountains, and let the hills hear your voice. Hear, you mountains,
the controversy of the Lord, and you enduring foundations of the
earth; for the Lord has a controversy with his people, and he will
contend with Israel. "O my people, what have I done to you?
In what have I wearied you? Answer me! For I brought you up from
the land of Egypt, and redeemed you from the house of slavery; and
I sent before you Moses, Aaron, and Miriam. O my people, remember
now what King Balak of Moab devised, what Balaam son of Beor
answered him, and what happened from Shittim to Gilgal, that you
may know the saving acts of the Lord." "With what shall
I come before the Lord, and bow myself before God on high? Shall I
come before him with burnt offerings, with calves a year old? Will
the Lord be pleased with thousands of rams, with ten thousands of
rivers of oil? Shall I give my firstborn for my transgression, the
fruit of my body for the sin of my soul?" He has told you, O
mortal, what is good; and what does the Lord require of you but to
do justice, and to love kindness, and to walk humbly with your
REFRAIN The just shall dwell on your holy mountain.
who may dwell in your tabernacle? who may abide upon your holy
leads a blameless life and does what is right, who speaks the
truth from his heart. R
is no guile upon his tongue; he does no evil to his friend; he
does not heap contempt upon his neighbour.
his sight the wicked is rejected, but he honours those who fear
the Lord. R
has sworn to do no wrong and does not take back his word.
does not give his money in hope of gain, nor does he take a bribe
against the innocent.
does these things shall never be overthrown. R
READING FROM THE FIRST LETTER OF PAUL TO THE CORINTHIANS
The message about the cross is foolishness to those who are
perishing, but to us who are being saved it is the power of God.
For it is written, "I will destroy the wisdom of the wise,
and the discernment of the discerning I will thwart." Where
is the one who is wise? Where is the scribe? Where is the debater
of this age? Has not God made foolish the wisdom of the world? For
since, in the wisdom of God, the world did not know God through
wisdom, God decided, through the foolishness of our proclamation,
to save those who believe. For Jews demand signs and Greeks desire
wisdom, but we proclaim Christ crucified, a stumbling block to
Jews and foolishness to Gentiles, but to those who are the called,
both Jews and Greeks, Christ the power of God and the wisdom of
God. For God's foolishness is wiser than human wisdom, and God's
weakness is stronger than human strength. Consider your own call,
brothers and sisters: not many of you were wise by human
standards, not many were powerful, not many were of noble birth.
But God chose what is foolish in the world to shame the wise; God
chose what is weak in the world to shame the strong; God chose
what is low and despised in the world, things that are not, to
reduce to nothing things that are, so that no one might boast in
the presence of God. He is the source of your life in Christ
Jesus, who became for us wisdom from God, and righteousness and
sanctification and redemption, in order that, as it is written,
"Let the one who boasts, boast in the Lord."
1 CORINTHIANS 1:18-31
HOLY GOSPEL OF OUR LORD JESUS CHRIST ACCORDING TO MATTHEW
When Jesus saw the crowds, he went up the mountain; and after
he sat down, his disciples came to him. Then he began to speak,
and taught them, saying: "Blessed are the poor in spirit, for
theirs is the kingdom of heaven. Blessed are those who mourn, for
they will be comforted. Blessed are the meek, for they will
inherit the earth. Blessed are those who hunger and thirst for
righteousness, for they will be filled. Blessed are the merciful,
for they will receive mercy. Blessed are the pure in heart, for
they will see God. Blessed are the peacemakers, for they will be
called children of God. Blessed are those who are persecuted for
righteousness' sake, for theirs is the kingdom of heaven. Blessed
are you when people revile you and persecute you and utter all
kinds of evil against you falsely on my account. Rejoice and be
glad, for your reward is great in heaven, for in the same way they
persecuted the prophets who were before you."
OVER THE GIFTS
God of steadfast love,
may our offering this day,
by the power of your Holy Spirit,
renew us for your service.
We ask this in the name of Jesus Christ the Lord.
Source of all goodness,
in this eucharist
we are nourished by the bread of heaven
and invigorated with new wine.
May these gifts renew our lives,
that we may show your glory to all the world,
in the name of Jesus Christ the Lord.