BETWEEN 16 OCTOBER AND 22 OCTOBER
104:1-9, 25, 37B
Almighty and everliving God,
increase in us your gift of faith,
that forsaking what lies behind
and reaching out to what is before,
we may run the way of your commandments
and win the crown of everlasting joy;
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 JOB
Then the Lord answered
Job out of the whirlwind: "Who is this that darkens counsel
by words without knowledge? Gird up your loins like a man, I will
question you, and you shall declare to me. Where were you when I
laid the foundation of the earth? Tell me, if you have
understanding. Who determined its measurements - surely you know!
Or who stretched the line upon it? On what were its bases sunk, or
who laid its cornerstone when the morning stars sang together and
all the heavenly beings shouted for joy?"
you lift up your voice to the clouds, so that a flood of waters
may cover you? Can you send forth lightnings, so that they may go
and say to you, 'Here we are'? Who has put wisdom in the inward
parts, or given understanding to the mind? Who has the wisdom to
number the clouds? Or who can tilt the waterskins of the heavens,
when the dust runs into a mass and the clods cling together? Can
you hunt the prey for the lion, or satisfy the appetite of the
young lions, when they crouch in their dens, or lie in wait in
their covert? Who provides for the raven its prey, when its young
ones cry to God, and wander about for lack of food?"]
REFRAIN Lord, how
manifold are your works! in wisdom you have made them all.
the Lord, O my soul; O Lord my God, how excellent is your
greatness! you are clothed with majesty and splendour.
wrap yourself with light as with a cloak and spread out the
heavens like a curtain. R
lay the beams of your chambers in the waters above; you make the
clouds your chariot; you ride on the wings of the wind.
make the winds your messengers and flames of fire your servants.
have set the earth upon its foundations, so that it never shall
move at any time.
covered it with the deep as with a mantle; the waters stood higher
than the mountains. R
your rebuke they fled; at the voice of your thunder they hastened
went up into the hills and down to the valleys beneath, to the
places you had appointed for them.
set the limits that they should not pass; they shall not again
cover the earth. R
Lord, how manifold are your works! in wisdom you have made them
all; the earth is full of your creatures.
104:1-9, 25, 37B
READING FROM THE LETTER TO THE HEBREWS
Every high priest
chosen from among mortals is put in charge of things pertaining to
God on their behalf, to offer gifts and sacrifices for sins. He is
able to deal gently with the ignorant and wayward, since he
himself is subject to weakness; and because of this he must offer
sacrifice for his own sins as well as for those of the people. And
one does not presume to take this honour, but takes it only when
called by God, just as Aaron was. So also Christ did not glorify
himself in becoming a high priest, but was appointed by the one
who said to him, "You are my Son, today I have begotten
you"; as he says also in another place, "You are a
priest forever, according to the order of Melchizedek." In
the days of his flesh, Jesus offered up prayers and supplications,
with loud cries and tears, to the one who was able to save him
from death, and he was heard because of his reverent submission.
Although he was a Son, he learned obedience through what he
suffered; and having been made perfect, he became the source of
eternal salvation for all who obey him, having been designated by
God a high priest according to the order of Mel-chizedek.
HOLY GOSPEL OF OUR LORD JESUS CHRIST ACCORDING TO MARK
James and John, the
sons of Zebedee, came forward to Jesus and said to him,
"Teacher, we want you to do for us whatever we ask of
you." And he said to them, "What is it you want me to do
for you?" And they said to him, "Grant us to sit, one at
your right hand and one at your left, in your glory." But
Jesus said to them, "You do not know what you are asking. Are
you able to drink the cup that I drink, or be baptized with the
baptism that I am baptized with?" They replied, "We are
able." Then Jesus said to them, "The cup that I drink
you will drink; and with the baptism with which I am baptized, you
will be baptized; but to sit at my right hand or at my left is not
mine to grant, but it is for those for whom it has been
prepared." When the ten heard this, they began to be angry
with James and John. So Jesus called them and said to them,
"You know that among the Gentiles those whom they recognize
as their rulers lord it over them, and their great ones are
tyrants over them. But it is not so among you; but whoever wishes
to become great among you must be your servant, and whoever wishes
to be first among you must be slave of all. For the Son of Man
came not to be served but to serve, and to give his life a ransom
OVER THE GIFTS
your word inspires our faith.
May we who offer you our praise
trust you in all things.
We ask this in the name of Jesus Christ the Lord.
God of peace,
you have nourished us in this sacrament
with the body and blood of Christ.
May we who have taken holy things
keep faith in our hearts and lives,
in the name of Jesus Christ the Lord.