Prayer for the Day – Monday 7 September

Collect
Almighty God,
who called your Church to bear witness
that you were in Christ reconciling the world to yourself:
help us to proclaim the good news of your love,
that all who hear it may be drawn to you;
through him who was lifted up on the cross,
and reigns with you in the unity of the Holy Spirit,
one God, now and for ever.  Amen.

Mark 8.11–21
The Pharisees came and began to argue with him, asking him for a sign from heaven, to test him. And he sighed deeply in his spirit and said, ‘Why does this generation ask for a sign? Truly I tell you, no sign will be given to this generation.’ And he left them, and getting into the boat again, he went across to the other side.
 Now the disciples had forgotten to bring any bread; and they had only one loaf with them in the boat. And he cautioned them, saying, ‘Watch out—beware of the yeast of the Pharisees and the yeast of Herod.’ They said to one another, ‘It is because we have no bread.’ And becoming aware of it, Jesus said to them, ‘Why are you talking about having no bread? Do you still not perceive or understand? Are your hearts hardened? Do you have eyes, and fail to see? Do you have ears, and fail to hear? And do you not remember? When I broke the five loaves for the five thousand, how many baskets full of broken pieces did you collect?’ They said to him, ‘Twelve.’ ‘And the seven for the four thousand, how many baskets full of broken pieces did you collect?’ And they said to him, ‘Seven.’ Then he said to them, ‘Do you not yet understand?’

Psalm 127
    Unless the Lord builds the house,
   those who build it labour in vain.
    Unless the Lord keeps the city,
   the guard keeps watch in vain.
    It is in vain that you hasten to rise up early
      and go so late to rest, eating the bread of toil,
   for he gives his beloved sleep.
    Children are a heritage from the Lord
   and the fruit of the womb is his gift.
    Like arrows in the hand of a warrior,
   so are the children of one’s youth.
    Happy are those who have their quiver full of them:
   they shall not be put to shame
      when they dispute with their enemies in the gate.