Grant us, Lord, not to be anxious about earthly things, but to love things heavenly; and even now, while we are placed among things that are passing away, to hold fast to those that shall endure; through Jesus Christ our Lord, who lives and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit, one God, for ever and ever. Amen.
My joy is gone, grief is upon me,
my heart is sick.
Hark, the cry
of my poor people
from far and wide in the land:
the Lord not in Zion?
Is her King not in her?"
("Why have they
provoked me to anger with their images,
with their foreign idols?")
"The harvest is
past, the summer is ended,
and we are not saved."
For the hurt of
my poor people I am hurt,
I mourn, and dismay has taken hold of me.
Is there no
balm in Gilead?
Is there no physician there?
Why then has
the health of my poor people
not been restored?
O that my head
were a spring of water,
and my eyes a fountain of tears,
so that I might
weep day and night
for the slain of my poor people!
O God, the heathen have come into your inheritance;
they have profaned your holy temple; *
they have made Jerusalem a heap of rubble.
They have given
the bodies of your servants as food for the birds of the air, *
and the flesh of your faithful ones to the beasts of the field.
They have shed
their blood like water on every side of Jerusalem, *
and there was no one to bury them.
We have become
a reproach to our neighbors, *
an object of scorn and derision to those around us.
How long will
you be angry, O Lord? *
will your fury blaze like fire for ever?
Pour out your
wrath upon the heathen who have not known you *
and upon the kingdoms that have not called upon your Name.
For they have
devoured Jacob *
and made his dwelling a ruin.
our past sins;
let your compassion be swift to meet us; *
for we have been brought very low.
Help us, O God
our Savior, for the glory of your Name; *
deliver us and forgive us our sins, for your Name's sake.
Hear this, you that trample on the needy,
and bring to ruin the poor of the land,
will the new moon be over
so that we may sell grain;
so that we may offer wheat for sale?
We will make
the ephah small and the shekel great,
and practice deceit with false balances,
buying the poor
and the needy for a pair of sandals,
and selling the sweepings of the wheat."
The Lord has sworn by the pride of Jacob:
Surely I will never forget any of their deeds.
Give praise, you servants of the Lord; *
praise the Name of the Lord.
Let the Name of
the Lord be blessed, *
from this time forth for evermore.
From the rising
of the sun to its going down *
let the Name of the Lord be praised.
The Lord is high above all nations, *
and his glory above the heavens.
Who is like
the Lord our God, who sits enthroned on high *
but stoops to behold the heavens and the earth?
He takes up the
weak out of the dust *
and lifts up the poor from the ashes.
He sets them
with the princes, *
with the princes of his people.
He makes the
woman of a childless house *
to be a joyful mother of children.
1 Timothy 2:1-7
First of all, I urge that supplications, prayers, intercessions, and thanksgivings be made for everyone, for kings and all who are in high positions, so that we may lead a quiet and peaceable life in all godliness and dignity. This is right and is acceptable in the sight of God our Savior, who desires everyone to be saved and to come to the knowledge of the truth. For
there is one
there is also one mediator between God and humankind,
who gave himself a ransom for all
-- this was attested at the right time. For this I was appointed a herald and an apostle (I am telling the truth, I am not lying), a teacher of the Gentiles in faith and truth.
Jesus said to the disciples, "There was a rich man who had a manager, and charges were brought to him that this man was squandering his property. So he summoned him and said to him, `What is this that I hear about you? Give me an accounting of your management, because you cannot be my manager any longer.' Then the manager said to himself, `What will I do, now that my master is taking the position away from me? I am not strong enough to dig, and I am ashamed to beg. I have decided what to do so that, when I am dismissed as manager, people may welcome me into their homes.' So, summoning his master's debtors one by one, he asked the first, `How much do you owe my master?' He answered, `A hundred jugs of olive oil.' He said to him, `Take your bill, sit down quickly, and make it fifty.' Then he asked another, `And how much do you owe?' He replied, `A hundred containers of wheat.' He said to him, `Take your bill and make it eighty.' And his master commended the dishonest manager because he had acted shrewdly; for the children of this age are more shrewd in dealing with their own generation than are the children of light. And I tell you, make friends for yourselves by means of dishonest wealth so that when it is gone, they may welcome you into the eternal homes.
"Whoever is faithful in a very little is faithful also in much; and whoever is dishonest in a very little is dishonest also in much. If then you have not been faithful with the dishonest wealth, who will entrust to you the true riches? And if you have not been faithful with what belongs to another, who will give you what is your own? No slave can serve two masters; for a slave will either hate the one and love the other, or be devoted to the one and despise the other. You cannot serve God and wealth."