SUNDAY AFTER THE EPIPHANY, PROPER
Almighty and everliving God,
whose Son Jesus Christ healed the sick
and restored them to wholeness of life,
look with compassion on the anguish of the world,
and by your power make whole all peoples and nations;
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 DEUTERONOMY
See, I have set before you
today life and prosperity, death and adversity. If you obey the
commandments of the Lord your God that I am commanding you today,
by loving the Lord your God, walking in his ways, and observing
his commandments, decrees, and ordinances, then you shall live and
become numerous, and the Lord your God will bless you in the land
that you are entering to possess. But if your heart turns away and
you do not hear, but are led astray to bow down to other gods and
serve them, I declare to you today that you shall perish; you
shall not live long in the land that you are crossing the Jordan
to enter and possess. I call heaven and earth to witness against
you today that I have set before you life and death, blessings and
curses. Choose life so that you and your descendants may live,
loving the Lord your God, obeying him, and holding fast to him;
for that means life to you and length of days, so that you may
live in the land that the Lord swore to give to your ancestors, to
Abraham, to Isaac, and to Jacob.
REFRAIN Happy are they who
walk in the law of the Lord.
are they whose way is blameless, who walk in the law of the Lord!
are they who observe his decrees and seek him with all their
never do any wrong, but always walk in his ways.
laid down your commandments, that we should fully keep them. R
that my ways were made so direct that I might keep your statutes!
I should not be put to shame, when I regard all your commandments.
will thank you with an unfeigned heart, when I have learned your
will keep your statutes; do not utterly forsake me. R
READING FROM THE FIRST LETTER OF PAUL TO THE CORINTHIANS
And so, brothers and
sisters, I could not speak to you as spiritual people, but rather
as people of the flesh, as infants in Christ. I fed you with milk,
not solid food, for you were not ready for solid food. Even now
you are still not ready, for you are still of the flesh. For as
long as there is jealousy and quarrelling among you, are you not
of the flesh, and behaving according to human inclinations? For
when one says, "I belong to Paul," and another, "I
belong to Apollos," are you not merely human? What then is
Apollos? What is Paul? Servants through whom you came to believe,
as the Lord assigned to each. I planted, Apollos watered, but God
gave the growth. So neither the one who plants nor the one who
waters is anything, but only God who gives the growth. The one who
plants and the one who waters have a common purpose, and each will
receive wages according to the labour of each. For we are God's
servants, working together; you are God's field, God's building.
1 CORINTHIANS 3:1-9
HOLY GOSPEL OF OUR LORD JESUS CHRIST ACCORDING TO MATTHEW
Jesus said, "You have
heard that it was said to those of ancient times, 'You shall not
murder'; and 'whoever murders shall be liable to judgement.' But I
say to you that if you are angry with a brother or sister, you
will be liable to judgement; and if you insult a brother or
sister, you will be liable to the council; and if you say, 'You
fool,' you will be liable to the hell of fire. So when you are
offering your gift at the altar, if you remember that your brother
or sister has something against you, leave your gift there before
the altar and go; first be reconciled to your brother or sister,
and then come and offer your gift. Come to terms quickly with your
accuser while you are on the way to court with him, or your
accuser may hand you over to the judge, and the judge to the
guard, and you will be thrown into prison. Truly I tell you, you
will never get out until you have paid the last penny. You have
heard that it was said, 'You shall not commit adultery.' But I say
to you that everyone who looks at a woman with lust has already
committed adultery with her in his heart. If your right eye causes
you to sin, tear it out and throw it away; it is better for you to
lose one of your members than for your whole body to be thrown
into hell. And if your right hand causes you to sin, cut it off
and throw it away; it is better for you to lose one of your
members than for your whole body to go into hell. It was also
said, 'Whoever divorces his wife, let him give her a certificate
of divorce.' But I say to you that anyone who divorces his wife,
except on the ground of unchastity, causes her to commit adultery;
and whoever marries a divorced woman commits adultery. Again, you
have heard that it was said to those of ancient times, 'You shall
not swear falsely, but carry out the vows you have made to the
Lord.' But I say to you, Do not swear at all, either by heaven,
for it is the throne of God, or by the earth, for it is his
footstool, or by Jerusalem, for it is the city of the great King.
And do not swear by your head, for you cannot make one hair white
or black. Let your word be 'Yes, Yes' or 'No, No'; anything more
than this comes from the evil one."
OVER THE GIFTS
you are the strength of the weak
and the comfort of sufferers,
receive all we offer you this day;
turn our sickness into health
and our sorrow into joy.
We ask this in the name of Jesus Christ the Lord.
God of tender care,
in this eucharist we celebrate your love
for us and for all people.
May we show your love in our lives
and know its fulfilment in your presence.
We ask this in the name of Jesus Christ the Lord.