Almighty God and Father,
you have so ordered our life
that we are dependent on one another:
prosper those engaged in commerce and industry
and direct their minds and hands
that they may rightly use your gifts in the service of others;
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. Amen.
16 ‘No one after lighting a lamp hides it under a jar, or puts it under a bed, but puts it on a lampstand, so that those who enter may see the light. 17For nothing is hidden that will not be disclosed, nor is anything secret that will not become known and come to light. 18Then pay attention to how you listen; for to those who have, more will be given; and from those who do not have, even what they seem to have will be taken away.’
19 Then his mother and his brothers came to him, but they could not reach him because of the crowd. 20And he was told, ‘Your mother and your brothers are standing outside, wanting to see you.’ 21But he said to them, ‘My mother and my brothers are those who hear the word of God and do it.’
Blessed are those who fear the Lord
and have great delight in his commandments.
2 Their descendants will be mighty in the land,
a generation of the faithful that will be blest.
3 Wealth and riches will be in their house,
and their righteousness endures for ever.
4 Light shines in the darkness for the upright;
gracious and full of compassion are the righteous.
5 It goes well with those who are generous in lending
and order their affairs with justice,
6 For they will never be shaken;
the righteous will be held in everlasting remembrance.
7 They will not be afraid of any evil tidings;
their heart is steadfast, trusting in the Lord.
8 Their heart is sustained and will not fear,
until they see the downfall of their foes.
9 They have given freely to the poor;
their righteousness stands fast for ever;
their head will be exalted with honour.
10 The wicked shall see it and be angry;
they shall gnash their teeth in despair;
the desire of the wicked shall perish.