BETWEEN 7 AUGUST AND 13 AUGUST, PROPER 19
105:1-6, 16-22, 45C
you sent your Holy Spirit
to be the life and light of your Church.
Open our hearts to the riches of your grace,
that we may bring forth the fruit of the Spirit
in love, joy, and peace;
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
Jacob settled in the land
where his father had lived as an alien, the land of Canaan. This
is the story of the family of Jacob. Joseph, being seventeen years
old, was shepherding the flock with his brothers; he was a helper
to the sons of Bilhah and Zilpah, his father's wives; and Joseph
brought a bad report of them to their father. Now Israel loved
Joseph more than any other of his children, because he was the son
of his old age; and he had made him a long robe with sleeves. But
when his brothers saw that their father loved him more than all
his brothers, they hated him, and could not speak peaceably to
him. Now his brothers went to pasture their father's flock near
Shechem. And Israel said to Joseph, "Are not your brothers
pasturing the flock at Shechem? Come, I will send you to
them." He answered, "Here I am." So he said to him,
"Go now, see if it is well with your brothers and with the
flock; and bring word back to me." So he sent him from the
valley of Hebron. He came to Shechem, and a man found him
wandering in the fields; the man asked him, "What are you
seeking?" "I am seeking my brothers," he said;
"tell me, please, where they are pasturing the flock."
The man said, "They have gone away, for I heard them say,
'Let us go to Dothan.'" So Joseph went after his brothers,
and found them at Dothan. They saw him from a distance, and before
he came near to them, they conspired to kill him. They said to one
another, "Here comes this dreamer. Come now, let us kill him
and throw him into one of the pits; then we shall say that a wild
animal has devoured him, and we shall see what will become of his
dreams." But when Reuben heard it, he delivered him out of
their hands, saying, "Let us not take his life." Reuben
said to them, "Shed no blood; throw him into this pit here in
the wilderness, but lay no hand on him" - that he might
rescue him out of their hand and restore him to his father. So
when Joseph came to his brothers, they stripped him of his robe,
the long robe with sleeves that he wore; and they took him and
threw him into a pit. The pit was empty; there was no water in it.
Then they sat down to eat; and looking up they saw a caravan of
Ishmaelites coming from Gilead, with their camels carrying gum,
balm, and resin, on their way to carry it down to Egypt. Then
Judah said to his brothers, "What profit is it if we kill our
brother and conceal his blood? Come, let us sell him to the
Ishmaelites, and not lay our hands on him, for he is our brother,
our own flesh." And his brothers agreed. When some Midianite
traders passed by, they drew Joseph up, lifting him out of the
pit, and sold him to the Ishmaelites for twenty pieces of silver.
And they took Joseph to Egypt.
GENESIS 37:1-4, 12-28
REFRAIN The Lord has always
been mindful of his covenant.
thanks to the Lord and call upon his name; make known his deeds
among the peoples.
to him, sing praises to him, and speak of all his marvellous
in his holy name; let the hearts of those who seek the Lord
for the Lord and his strength; continually seek his face. R
the marvels he has done, his wonders and the judgements of his
offspring of Abraham his servant, O children of Jacob his chosen.
he called for a famine in the land and destroyed the supply of
sent a man before them, Joseph, who was sold as a slave.
bruised his feet in fetters; his neck they put in an iron collar.
his prediction came to pass, the word of the Lord tested him. R
king sent and released him; the ruler of the peoples set him free.
set him as master over his household, as a ruler over all his
instruct his princes according to his will and to teach his elders
PSALM 105:1-6, 16-22, 45C
READING FROM THE LETTER OF PAUL TO THE ROMANS
Moses writes concerning the
righteousness that comes from the law, that "the person who
does these things will live by them." But the righteousness
that comes from faith says, "Do not say in your heart, 'Who
will ascend into heaven?'" (that is, to bring Christ down)
"or 'Who will descend into the abyss?'" (that is, to
bring Christ up from the dead). But what does it say? "The
word is near you, on your lips and in your heart" (that is,
the word of faith that we proclaim); because if you confess with
your lips that Jesus is Lord and believe in your heart that God
raised him from the dead, you will be saved. For one believes with
the heart and so is justified, and one confesses with the mouth
and so is saved. The scripture says, "No one who believes in
him will be put to shame." For there is no distinction
between Jew and Greek; the same Lord is Lord of all and is
generous to all who call on him. For, "Everyone who calls on
the name of the Lord shall be saved." But how are they to
call on one in whom they have not believed? And how are they to
believe in one of whom they have never heard? And how are they to
hear without someone to proclaim him? And how are they to proclaim
him unless they are sent? As it is written, "How beautiful
are the feet of those who bring good news!"
HOLY GOSPEL OF OUR LORD JESUS CHRIST ACCORDING TO MATTHEW
Immediately Jesus made the
disciples get into the boat and go on ahead to the other side,
while he dismissed the crowds. And after he had dismissed the
crowds, he went up the mountain by himself to pray. When evening
came, he was there alone, but by this time the boat, battered by
the waves, was far from the land, for the wind was against them.
And early in the morning he came walking toward them on the sea.
But when the disciples saw him walking on the sea, they were
terrified, saying, "It is a ghost!" And they cried out
in fear. But immediately Jesus spoke to them and said, "Take
heart, it is I; do not be afraid." Peter answered him,
"Lord, if it is you, command me to come to you on the
water." He said, "Come." So Peter got out of the
boat, started walking on the water, and came toward Jesus. But
when he noticed the strong wind, he became frightened, and
beginning to sink, he cried out, "Lord, save me!" Jesus
immediately reached out his hand and caught him, saying to him,
"You of little faith, why did you doubt?" When they got
into the boat, the wind ceased. And those in the boat worshipped
him, saying, "Truly you are the Son of God."
OVER THE GIFTS
receive all we offer you this day,
and grant that in this eucharist
we may be enriched by the gifts of the Spirit.
We ask this in the name of Jesus Christ our Lord.
grant to your Church the unity and peace
that we have tasted in this eucharist,
the fruit of your life-giving Spirit.
We ask this in the name of Jesus Christ the Lord.