Thus says the Lord GOD:
I myself will take a sprig
from the lofty top of a cedar;
I will set it out.
I will break off a tender one
from the topmost of its young twigs;
I myself will plant it
on a high and lofty mountain.
On the mountain height of Israel
I will plant it,
that it may produce boughs and bear fruit,
and become a noble cedar.
every kind of bird will live;
in the shade of its branches will nest
winged creatures of every kind.
All the trees of the field shall know
that I am the LORD.
I bring low
the high tree,
I make high the low tree;
I dry up the
and make the dry tree flourish.
I the LORD have spoken;
I will accomplish it.
is a good thing to give thanks to the Lord
and to sing
praises to your name, O Most High;
2 To tell of your love early in the morning
and of your faithfulness in the
3 Upon the ten-stringed instrument, upon the harp,
and to the
melody of the lyre.
4 For you, Lord, have made me glad by your acts,
and I sing aloud at the works of your
5 O Lord, how glorious are your works!
thoughts are very deep.
The senseless do not know,
nor do fools understand,
7 That though the wicked sprout like grass
and all the
workers of iniquity flourish,
8 It is only to be destroyed for ever;
but you, O Lord, shall be exalted
2 CORINTHIANS 5:6-10,14-17
So we are
always confident; even though we know that while we are at home in the body we
are away from the Lord— for we walk by faith, not by sight. Yes, we do have
confidence, and we would rather be away from the body and at home with the
Lord. So whether we are at home or away, we make it our aim to please him. For
all of us must appear before the judgement seat of Christ, so that each may
receive recompense for what has been done in the body, whether good or evil.
For the love
of Christ urges us on, because we are convinced that one has died for all;
therefore all have died. And he died for all, so that those who live might live
no longer for themselves, but for him who died and was raised for them.
From now on, therefore, we regard no one from a human point of view; even though we once knew Christ from a human point of view, we know him no longer in that way. So if anyone is in Christ, there is a new creation: everything old has passed away; see, everything has become new!
said, ‘The kingdom of God is as if someone would scatter seed on the ground,
and would sleep and rise night and day, and the seed would sprout and grow, he
does not know how. The earth produces of itself, first the stalk, then the
head, then the full grain in the head. But when the grain is ripe, at once he
goes in with his sickle, because the harvest has come.’
said, ‘With what can we compare the kingdom of God, or what parable will we use
for it? It is like a mustard seed, which, when sown upon the ground, is the
smallest of all the seeds on earth; yet when it is sown it grows up and becomes
the greatest of all shrubs, and puts forth large branches, so that the birds of
the air can make nests in its shade.’
such parables he spoke the word to them, as they were able to hear it; he did
not speak to them except in parables, but he explained everything in private to
PRAYER FOR THE WEEK
Almighty God, you have broken the tyranny of sin
and have sent the Spirit of your Son into our hearts
call you Father: give us grace to dedicate our freedom to your service, that we
and all creation may be brought to the glorious liberty of the children of God;
through Jesus Christ your Son our Lord,
who is alive
and reigns with you, in the unity of the Holy Spirit,
one God, now and for ever.