you have built your Church
on the foundation of the apostles and prophets,
Jesus Christ himself being the chief cornerstone.
Join us together in unity of spirit by their teaching,
that we may become a holy temple, acceptable to you;
through Jesus Christ our Lord,
who lives and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit,
one God, now and for ever.
8:7 For the LORD your God is bringing you into a good land, a land
with flowing streams, with springs and underground waters welling
up in valleys and hills,
a land of wheat and barley, of vines and fig trees and
pomegranates, a land of olive trees and honey,
a land where you may eat bread without scarcity, where you will
lack nothing, a land whose stones are iron and from whose hills
you may mine copper.
You shall eat your fill and bless the LORD your God for the good
land that he has given you.
Take care that you do not forget the LORD your God, by failing to
keep his commandments, his ordinances, and his statutes, which I
am commanding you today.
When you have eaten your fill and have built fine houses and live
and when your herds and flocks have multiplied, and your silver
and gold is multiplied, and all that you have is multiplied,
then do not exalt yourself, forgetting the LORD your God, who
brought you out of the land of Egypt, out of the house of slavery,
who led you through the great and terrible wilderness, an arid
wasteland with poisonous snakes and scorpions. He made water flow
for you from flint rock,
and fed you in the wilderness with manna that your ancestors did
not know, to humble you and to test you, and in the end to do you
Do not say to yourself, "My power and the might of my own
hand have gotten me this wealth."
But remember the LORD your God, for it is he who gives you power
to get wealth, so that he may confirm his covenant that he swore
to your ancestors, as he is doing today.
65:1 Praise is due to you, O God, in Zion; and to you shall vows
O you who answer prayer! To you all flesh shall come. 65:3 When
deeds of iniquity overwhelm us, you forgive our transgressions.
Happy are those whom you choose and bring near to live in your
courts. We shall be satisfied with the goodness of your house,
your holy temple.
By awesome deeds you answer us with deliverance, O God of our
salvation; you are the hope of all the ends of the earth and of
the farthest seas.
By your strength you established the mountains; you are girded
You silence the roaring of the seas, the roaring of their waves,
the tumult of the peoples.
Those who live at earth's farthest bounds are awed by your signs;
you make the gateways of the morning and the evening shout for
You visit the earth and water it, you greatly enrich it; the river
of God is full of water; you provide the people with grain, for so
you have prepared it.
You water its furrows abundantly, settling its ridges, softening
it with showers, and blessing its growth.
You crown the year with your bounty; your wagon tracks overflow
The pastures of the wilderness overflow, the hills gird themselves
the meadows clothe themselves with flocks, the valleys deck
themselves with grain, they shout and sing together for joy.
9:6 The point is this: the one who sows sparingly will also reap
sparingly, and the one who sows bountifully will also reap
Each of you must give as you have made up your mind, not
reluctantly or under compulsion, for God loves a cheerful giver.
And God is able to provide you with every blessing in abundance,
so that by always having enough of everything, you may share
abundantly in every good work.
As it is written, "He scatters abroad, he gives to the poor;
his righteousness endures forever."
He who supplies seed to the sower and bread for food will supply
and multiply your seed for sowing and increase the harvest of your
You will be enriched in every way for your great generosity, which
will produce thanksgiving to God through us;
for the rendering of this ministry not only supplies the needs of
the saints but also overflows with many thanksgivings to God.
Through the testing of this ministry you glorify God by your
obedience to the confession of the gospel of Christ and by the
generosity of your sharing with them and with all others,
while they long for you and pray for you because of the surpassing
grace of God that he has given you.
Thanks be to God for his indescribable gift!
17:11 On the way to Jerusalem Jesus was going through the region
between Samaria and Galilee.
As he entered a village, ten lepers approached him. Keeping their
they called out, saying, "Jesus, Master, have mercy on
When he saw them, he said to them, "Go and show yourselves to
the priests." And as they went, they were made clean.
Then one of them, when he saw that he was healed, turned back,
praising God with a loud voice.
He prostrated himself at Jesus' feet and thanked him. And he was a
Then Jesus asked, "Were not ten made clean? But the other
nine, where are they?
Was none of them found to return and give praise to God except
Then he said to him, "Get up and go on your way; your faith
has made you well."
OVER THE GIFTS
God of truth,
receive all we offer you this day.
Make us worthy servants,
strong to follow in the pattern
of our Lord and Saviour Jesus Christ.
may we who have been strengthened by this eucharist
remain in your steadfast love,
and show in our lives
the saving mystery that we celebrate.
This we ask in the name of Jesus Christ the Lord.