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your Son has opened for us
a new and living way into your presence.
Give us pure hearts and constant wills
to worship you in spirit and in truth;
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 GENESIS
Jacob left Beer-sheba and went toward Haran. He came to a certain
place and stayed there for the night, because the sun had set.
Taking one of the stones of the place, he put it under his head
and lay down in that place. And he dreamed that there was a ladder
set up on the earth, the top of it reaching to heaven; and the
angels of God were ascending and descending on it. And the Lord
stood beside him and said, "I am the Lord, the God of Abraham
your father and the God of Isaac; the land on which you lie I will
give to you and to your offspring; and your offspring shall be
like the dust of the earth, and you shall spread abroad to the
west and to the east and to the north and to the south; and all
the families of the earth shall be blessed in you and in your
offspring. Know that I am with you and will keep you wherever you
go, and will bring you back to this land; for I will not leave you
until I have done what I have promised you." Then Jacob woke
from his sleep and said, "Surely the Lord is in this place -
and I did not know it!" And he was afraid, and said,
"How awesome is this place! This is none other than the house
of God, and this is the gate of heaven." So Jacob rose early
in the morning, and he took the stone that he had put under his
head and set it up for a pillar and poured oil on the top of it.
He called that place Bethel.
REFRAIN Lord, your hand will hold me fast.
you have searched me out and known me; you know my sitting down
and my rising up; you discern my thoughts from afar.
trace my journeys and my resting places and are acquainted with
all my ways.
there is not a word on my lips, but you, O Lord, know it
press upon me behind and before and lay your hand upon me.
knowledge is too wonderful for me; it is so high that I cannot
attain to it. R
can I go then from your Spirit? where can I flee from your
I climb up to heaven, you are there; if I make the grave my bed,
you are there also. R
I take the wings of the morning and dwell in the uttermost parts
of the sea,
there your hand will lead me and your right hand hold me fast. R
I say, "Surely the darkness will cover me, and the light
around me turn to night,"
is not dark to you; the night is as bright as the day; darkness
and light to you are both alike. R
me out, O God, and know my heart; try me and know my restless
well whether there be any wickedness in me and lead me in the way
that is everlasting. R
PSALM 139:1-11, 22-23
READING FROM THE LETTER OF PAUL TO THE ROMANS
So then, brothers and sisters, we are debtors, not to the flesh,
to live according to the flesh - for if you live according to the
flesh, you will die; but if by the Spirit you put to death the
deeds of the body, you will live. For all who are led by the
Spirit of God are children of God. For you did not receive a
spirit of slavery to fall back into fear, but you have received a
spirit of adoption. When we cry, "Abba! Father!" it is
that very Spirit bearing witness with our spirit that we are
children of God, and if children, then heirs, heirs of God and
joint heirs with Christ - if, in fact, we suffer with him so that
we may also be glorified with him. I consider that the sufferings
of this present time are not worth comparing with the glory about
to be revealed to us. For the creation waits with eager longing
for the revealing of the children of God; for the creation was
subjected to futility, not of its own will but by the will of the
one who subjected it, in hope that the creation itself will be set
free from its bondage to decay and will obtain the freedom of the
glory of the children of God. We know that the whole creation has
been groaning in labour pains until now; and not only the
creation, but we ourselves, who have the first fruits of the
Spirit, groan inwardly while we wait for adoption, the redemption
of our bodies. For in hope we were saved. Now hope that is seen is
not hope. For who hopes for what is seen? But if we hope for what
we do not see, we wait for it with patience.
HOLY GOSPEL OF OUR LORD JESUS CHRIST ACCORDING TO MATTHEW
Jesus put before them another parable: "The kingdom of heaven
may be compared to someone who sowed good seed in his field; but
while everybody was asleep, an enemy came and sowed weeds among
the wheat, and then went away. So when the plants came up and bore
grain, then the weeds appeared as well. And the slaves of the
householder came and said to him, 'Master, did you not sow good
seed in your field? Where, then, did these weeds come from?' He
answered, 'An enemy has done this.' The slaves said to him, 'Then
do you want us to go and gather them?' But he replied, 'No; for in
gathering the weeds you would uproot the wheat along with them.
Let both of them grow together until the harvest; and at harvest
time I will tell the reapers, Collect the weeds first and bind
them in bundles to be burned, but gather the wheat into my
barn.'" Then Jesus left the crowds and went into the house.
And his disciples approached him, saying, "Explain to us the
parable of the weeds of the field." He answered, "The
one who sows the good seed is the Son of Man; the field is the
world, and the good seed are the children of the kingdom; the
weeds are the children of the evil one, and the enemy who sowed
them is the devil; the harvest is the end of the age, and the
reapers are angels. Just as the weeds are collected and burned up
with fire, so will it be at the end of the age. The Son of Man
will send his angels, and they will collect out of his kingdom all
causes of sin and all evildoers, and they will throw them into the
furnace of fire, where there will be weeping and gnashing of
teeth. Then the righteous will shine like the sun in the kingdom
of their Father. Let anyone with ears listen!"
MATTHEW 13:24-30, 36-43
OVER THE GIFTS
accept our praise and thanksgiving.
Help us in all we do
to offer ourselves as a true and living sacrifice;
through Jesus Christ the Lord.
as we are strengthened in these holy mysteries,
may our lives be a continual offering,
holy and acceptable in your sight;
through Jesus Christ our Lord.