Lord of all power and might, the author and giver of all good things: Graft in our hearts the love of your Name; increase in us true religion; nourish us with all goodness; and bring forth in us the fruit of good works; through Jesus Christ our Lord, who lives and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit, one God for ever and ever. Amen.
Hear the word of the Lord, O house of Jacob, and all the families of the house of Israel. Thus says the Lord:
What wrong did
your ancestors find in me
that they went far from me,
and went after worthless things, and became worthless themselves?
They did not
say, "Where is the Lord
who brought us up from the land of Egypt,
who led us in
in a land of deserts and pits,
in a land of
drought and deep darkness,
in a land that no one passes through,
where no one lives?"
I brought you
into a plentiful land
to eat its fruits and its good things.
But when you
entered you defiled my land,
and made my heritage an abomination.
The priests did
not say, "Where is the Lord?"
Those who handle the law did not know me;
transgressed against me;
the prophets prophesied by Baal,
and went after things that do not profit.
more I accuse you, says the Lord,
and I accuse your children's children.
Cross to the
coasts of Cyprus and look,
send to Kedar and examine with care;
see if there has ever been such a thing.
Has a nation
changed its gods,
even though they are no gods?
But my people
have changed their glory
for something that does not profit.
Be appalled, O
heavens, at this,
be shocked, be utterly desolate,
says the Lord,
for my people
have committed two evils:
they have forsaken me,
the fountain of
and dug out cisterns for themselves,
that can hold no water.
Psalm 81:1, 10-16
Sing with joy to God our strength *
and raise a loud shout to the God of Jacob.
the Lord your God,
who brought you out of the land of Egypt and said, *
"Open your mouth wide, and I will fill it."
And yet my
people did not hear my voice, *
and Israel would not obey me.
So I gave them
over to the stubbornness of their hearts, *
to follow their own devices.
Oh, that my
people would listen to me! *
that Israel would walk in my ways!
I should soon
subdue their enemies *
and turn my hand against their foes.
Those who hate
the Lord would cringe before him, *
and their punishment would last for ever.
would I feed with the finest wheat *
and satisfy him with honey from the rock.
The First Lesson
The beginning of human pride is to forsake the Lord;
the heart has withdrawn from its Maker.
beginning of pride is sin,
and the one who clings to it pours out abominations.
Lord brings upon them unheard-of calamities,
and destroys them completely.
overthrows the thrones of rulers,
and enthrones the lowly in their place.
The Lord plucks
up the roots of the nations,
and plants the humble in their place.
The Lord lays
waste the lands of the nations,
and destroys them to the foundations of the earth.
He removes some
of them and destroys them,
and erases the memory of them from the earth.
Pride was not
created for human beings,
or violent anger for those born of women.
Do not put yourself forward in the king's presence
or stand in the place of the great;
for it is
better to be told, "Come up here,"
than to be put lower in the presence of a noble.
Happy are they who fear the Lord *
and have great delight in his commandments!
descendants will be mighty in the land; *
the generation of the upright will be blessed.
riches will be in their house, *
and their righteousness will last for ever.
Light shines in
the darkness for the upright; *
the righteous are merciful and full of compassion.
It is good for
them to be generous in lending *
and to manage their affairs with justice.
For they will
never be shaken; *
the righteous will be kept in everlasting remembrance.
They will not
be afraid of any evil rumors; *
their heart is right;
they put their trust in the Lord.
Their heart is
established and will not shrink, *
until they see their desire upon their enemies.
They have given
freely to the poor, *
and their righteousness stands fast for ever;
they will hold up their head with honor.
The wicked will
see it and be angry;
they will gnash their teeth and pine away; *
the desires of the wicked will perish.
Hebrews 13:1-8, 15-16
Let mutual love continue. Do not neglect to show hospitality to strangers, for by doing that some have entertained angels without knowing it. Remember those who are in prison, as though you were in prison with them; those who are being tortured, as though you yourselves were being tortured. Let marriage be held in honor by all, and let the marriage bed be kept undefiled; for God will judge fornicators and adulterers. Keep your lives free from the love of money, and be content with what you have; for he has said, "I will never leave you or forsake you." So we can say with confidence,
"The Lord is my
I will not be afraid.
What can anyone do to me?"
Remember your leaders, those who spoke the word of God to you; consider the outcome of their way of life, and imitate their faith. Jesus Christ is the same yesterday and today and forever.
Through him, then, let us continually offer a sacrifice of praise to God, that is, the fruit of lips that confess his name. Do not neglect to do good and to share what you have, for such sacrifices are pleasing to God.
Luke 14:1, 7-14
On one occasion when Jesus was going to the house of a leader of the Pharisees to eat a meal on the sabbath, they were watching him closely.
When he noticed how the guests chose the places of honor, he told them a parable. "When you are invited by someone to a wedding banquet, do not sit down at the place of honor, in case someone more distinguished than you has been invited by your host; and the host who invited both of you may come and say to you, `Give this person your place,' and then in disgrace you would start to take the lowest place. But when you are invited, go and sit down at the lowest place, so that when your host comes, he may say to you, `Friend, move up higher'; then you will be honored in the presence of all who sit at the table with you. For all who exalt themselves will be humbled, and those who humble themselves will be exalted."
He said also to the one who had invited him, "When you give a luncheon or a dinner, do not invite your friends or your brothers or your relatives or rich neighbors, in case they may invite you in return, and you would be repaid. But when you give a banquet, invite the poor, the crippled, the lame, and the blind. And you will be blessed, because they cannot repay you, for you will be repaid at the resurrection of the righteous."