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without you we are not able to please you.
Mercifully grant that your Holy Spirit
may in all things direct and rule our hearts;
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 GENESIS
The Lord appeared to Abraham by the oaks of Mamre, as he sat at
the entrance of his tent in the heat of the day. He looked up and
saw three men standing near him. When he saw them, he ran from the
tent entrance to meet them, and bowed down to the ground. He said,
"My lord, if I find favour with you, do not pass by your
servant. Let a little water be brought, and wash your feet, and
rest yourselves under the tree. Let me bring a little bread, that
you may refresh yourselves, and after that you may pass on-since
you have come to your servant." So they said, "Do as you
have said." And Abraham hastened into the tent to Sarah, and
said, "Make ready quickly three measures of choice flour,
knead it, and make cakes." Abraham ran to the herd, and took
a calf, tender and good, and gave it to the servant, who hastened
to prepare it. Then he took curds and milk and the calf that he
had prepared, and set it before them; and he stood by them under
the tree while they ate. They said to him, "Where is your
wife Sarah?" And he said, "There, in the tent."
Then one said, "I will surely return to you in due season,
and your wife Sarah shall have a son." And Sarah was
listening at the tent entrance behind him. Now Abraham and Sarah
were old, advanced in age; it had ceased to be with Sarah after
the manner of women. So Sarah laughed to herself, saying,
"After I have grown old, and my husband is old, shall I have
pleasure?" The Lord said to Abraham, "Why did Sarah
laugh, and say, 'Shall I indeed bear a child, now that I am old?'
Is anything too wonderful for the Lord? At the set time I will
return to you, in due season, and Sarah shall have a son."
But Sarah denied, saying, "I did not laugh"; for she was
afraid. He said, "Oh yes, you did laugh."
Lord dealt with Sarah as he had said, and the Lord did for Sarah
as he had promised. Sarah conceived and bore Abraham a son in his
old age, at the time of which God had spoken to him. Abraham gave
the name Isaac to his son whom Sarah bore him. And Abraham
circumcised his son Isaac when he was eight days old, as God had
commanded him. Abraham was a hundred years old when his son Isaac
was born to him. Now Sarah said, "God has brought laughter
for me; everyone who hears will laugh with me." And she said,
"Who would ever have said to Abraham that Sarah would nurse
children? Yet I have borne him a son in his old age."]
GENESIS 18:1-15 (21:1-7)
REFRAIN I will lift
up the cup of salvation.
love the Lord, because he has heard the voice of my supplication,
because he has inclined his ear to me whenever I called upon him.
shall I repay the Lord for all the good things he has done for me?
will lift up the cup of salvation and call upon the name of the
will fulfil my vows to the Lord in the presence of all his people.
in the sight of the Lord is the death of his servants. R
Lord, I am your servant; I am your servant and the child of your
handmaid; you have freed me from my bonds.
will offer you the sacrifice of thanksgiving and call upon the
name of the Lord. R
will fulfil my vows to the Lord in the presence of all his people.
the courts of the Lord's house, in the midst of you, O Jerusalem.
PSALM 116:1, 10-17
A READING FROM THE LETTER OF PAUL TO THE ROMANS
Since we are justified by faith, we have peace with God through
our Lord Jesus Christ, through whom we have obtained access to
this grace in which we stand; and we boast in our hope of sharing
the glory of God. And not only that, but we also boast in our
sufferings, knowing that suffering produces endurance, and
endurance produces character, and character produces hope, and
hope does not disappoint us, because God's love has been poured
into our hearts through the Holy Spirit that has been given to us.
For while we were still weak, at the right time Christ died for
the ungodly. Indeed, rarely will anyone die for a righteous person
though perhaps for a good person someone might actually dare to
die. But God proves his love for us in that while we still were
sinners Christ died for us.
HOLY GOSPEL OF OUR LORD JESUS CHRIST ACCORDING TO MATTHEW
Then Jesus went about all the cities and villages, teaching in
their synagogues, and proclaiming the good news of the kingdom,
and curing every disease and every sickness. When he saw the
crowds, he had compassion for them, because they were harassed and
helpless, like sheep without a shepherd. Then he said to his
disciples, "The harvest is plentiful, but the labourers are
few; therefore ask the Lord of the harvest to send out labourers
into his harvest." Then Jesus summoned his twelve disciples
and gave them authority over unclean spirits, to cast them out,
and to cure every disease and every sickness. These are the names
of the twelve apostles: first, Simon, also known as Peter, and his
brother Andrew; James son of Zebedee, and his brother John; Philip
and Bartholomew; Thomas and Matthew the tax collector; James son
of Alphaeus, and Thaddaeus; Simon the Cananaean, and Judas
Iscariot, the one who betrayed him. These twelve Jesus sent out
with the following instructions: "Go nowhere among the
Gentiles, and enter no town of the Samaritans, but go rather to
the lost sheep of the house of Israel. As you go, proclaim the
good news, 'The kingdom of heaven has come near.' Cure the sick,
raise the dead, cleanse the lepers, cast out demons. You received
without payment; give without payment.
no gold, or silver, or copper in your belts, no bag for your
journey, or two tunics, or sandals, or a staff; for labourers
deserve their food. Whatever town or village you enter, find out
who in it is worthy, and stay there until you leave. As you enter
the house, greet it. If the house is worthy, let your peace come
upon it; but if it is not worthy, let your peace return to you. If
anyone will not welcome you or listen to your words, shake off the
dust from your feet as you leave that house or town. Truly I tell
you, it will be more tolerable for the land of Sodom and Gomorrah
on the day of judgement than for that town. See, I am sending you
out like sheep into the midst of wolves; so be wise as serpents
and innocent as doves. Beware of them, for they will hand you over
to councils and flog you in their synagogues; and you will be
dragged before governors and kings because of me, as a testimony
to them and the Gentiles. When they hand you over, do not worry
about how you are to speak or what you are to say; for what you
are to say will be given to you at that time; for it is not you
who speak, but the Spirit of your Father speaking through you.
Brother will betray brother to death, and a father his child, and
children will rise against parents and have them put to death; and
you will be hated by all because of my name. But the one who
endures to the end will be saved. When they persecute you in one
town, flee to the next; for truly I tell you, you will not have
gone through all the towns of Israel before the Son of Man
MATTHEW 9:35-10:8 (9-23)
OVER THE GIFTS
God of reconciliation and forgiveness,
the saving work of Christ has made our peace with you.
May that work grow toward its perfection
in all we offer you this day.
We ask this in his name.
Holy and blessed God,
as you give us the body and blood of your Son,
guide us with your Holy Spirit,
that we may honour you not only with our lips
but also in our lives.
This we ask in the name of Jesus Christ our Lord.