Old Testament: Jeremiah 2:4-13 or Sirach 10:12-18 or Proverbs 25:6-7
Psalter: Psalm 81:1, 10-16 or Psalm 112
Epistle: Hebrews 13:1-8, 15-16
Gospel: Luke 14:1, 7-14
Almighty God, in your goodness, you provide for the needy. Remove from your people the pride of place and the pursuit of power that mocks humility. Open our hearts in generosity and justice to the neglected and lonely, that in showing esteem for others, we may honor and please you through Jesus Christ in the Holy Spirit. Amen.
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