Father of mercy,
alone we have no power in ourselves to help ourselves.
When we are discouraged by our weakness,
strengthen us to follow Christ,
our pattern and our hope;
who lives and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit,
one God, now and for ever.
READING FROM THE BOOK OF EXODUS
God spoke all these
words: I am the Lord your God, who brought you out of the land of
Egypt, out of the house of slavery; you shall have no other gods
before me. You shall not make for yourself an idol, whether in the
form of anything that is in heaven above, or that is on the earth
beneath, or that is in the water under the earth. You shall not
bow down to them or worship them; for I the Lord your God am a
jealous God, punishing children for the iniquity of parents, to
the third and the fourth generation of those who reject me, but
showing steadfast love to the thousandth generation of those who
love me and keep my commandments. You shall not make wrongful use
of the name of the Lord your God, for the Lord will not acquit
anyone who misuses his name. Remember the sabbath day, and keep it
holy. Six days you shall labour and do all your work. But the
seventh day is a sabbath to the Lord your God; you shall not do
any work - you, your son or your daughter, your male or female
slave, your livestock, or the alien resident in your towns. For in
six days the Lord made heaven and earth, the sea, and all that is
in them, but rested the seventh day; therefore the Lord blessed
the sabbath day and consecrated it. Honour your father and your
mother, so that your days may be long in the land that the Lord
your God is giving you. You shall not murder. You shall not commit
adultery. You shall not steal. You shall not bear false witness
against your neighbour. You shall not covet your neighbour's
house; you shall not covet your neighbour's wife, or male or
female slave, or ox, or donkey, or anything that belongs to your
REFRAIN The words of
the Lord are spirit and life.
heavens declare the glory of God, and the firmament shows his
One day tells its tale to another, and one night imparts knowledge
to another. R
they have no words or language, and their voices are not heard,
Their sound has gone out into all lands, and their message to the
ends of the world. R
the deep has he set a pavilion for the sun; it comes forth like a
bridegroom out of his chamber; it rejoices like a champion to run
goes forth from the uttermost edge of the heavens and runs about
to the end of it again; nothing is hidden from its burning heat. R
law of the Lord is perfect and revives the soul; the testimony of
the Lord is sure and gives wisdom to the innocent.
statutes of the Lord are just and rejoice the heart; the
commandment of the Lord is clear and gives light to the eyes. R
fear of the Lord is clean and endures for ever; the judgements of
the Lord are true and righteous altogether.
to be desired are they than gold, more than much fine gold,
sweeter far than honey, than honey in the comb. R
them also is your servant enlightened, and in keeping them there
is great reward.
can tell how often he offends? cleanse me from my secret faults. R
all, keep your servant from presumptuous sins; let them not get
dominion over me; then shall I be whole and sound, and innocent of
a great offense. Let the words of my mouth and the meditation of
my heart be acceptable in your sight, O Lord, my strength and my
READING FROM THE FIRST LETTER OF PAUL TO THE CORINTHIANS
The message about the
cross is foolishness to those who are perishing, but to us who are
being saved it is the power of God. For it is written, "I
will destroy the wisdom of the wise, and the discernment of the
discerning I will thwart." Where is the one who is wise?
Where is the scribe? Where is the debater of this age? Has not God
made foolish the wisdom of the world? For since, in the wisdom of
God, the world did not know God through wisdom, God decided,
through the foolishness of our proclamation, to save those who
believe. For Jews demand signs and Greeks desire wisdom, but we
proclaim Christ crucified, a stumbling block to Jews and
foolishness to Gentiles, but to those who are the called, both
Jews and Greeks, Christ the power of God and the wisdom of God.
For God's foolishness is wiser than human wisdom, and God's
weakness is stronger than human strength.
1 CORINTHIANS 1:18-25
HOLY GOSPEL OF OUR LORD JESUS CHRIST ACCORDING TO JOHN
The Passover of the
Jews was near, and Jesus went up to Jerusalem. In the temple he
found people selling cattle, sheep, and doves, and the money
changers seated at their tables. Making a whip of cords, he drove
all of them out of the temple, both the sheep and the cattle. He
also poured out the coins of the money changers and overturned
their tables. He told those who were selling the doves, "Take
these things out of here! Stop making my Father's house a
marketplace!" His disciples remembered that it was written,
"Zeal for your house will consume me." The Jews then
said to him, "What sign can you show us for doing this?"
Jesus answered them, "Destroy this temple, and in three days
I will raise it up." The Jews then said, "This temple
has been under construction for forty-six years, and will you
raise it up in three days?" But he was speaking of the temple
of his body. After he was raised from the dead, his disciples
remembered that he had said this; and they believed the scripture
and the word that Jesus had spoken.
OVER THE GIFTS
we know your power to triumph over weakness.
May we who ask forgiveness
be ready to forgive one another,
in the name of Jesus the Lord.
God of mercy and forgiveness,
may we who share this sacrament
live together in unity and peace,
in the name of Jesus Christ the Lord.