Prayer for the Day – Monday 28 September

Lord of creation,
whose glory is around and within us:
open our eyes to your wonders,
that we may serve you with reverence
and know your peace at our lives’ end,
through Jesus Christ our Lord.  Amen.

Mark 12.28-34
 One of the scribes came near and heard them disputing with one another, and seeing that he answered them well, he asked him, ‘Which commandment is the first of all?’ Jesus answered, ‘The first is, “Hear, O Israel: the Lord our God, the Lord is one; you shall love the Lord your God with all your heart, and with all your soul, and with all your mind, and with all your strength.” The second is this, “You shall love your neighbour as yourself.” There is no other commandment greater than these.’ Then the scribe said to him, ‘You are right, Teacher; you have truly said that “he is one, and besides him there is no other”; and “to love him with all the heart, and with all the understanding, and with all the strength”, and “to love one’s neighbour as oneself”, —this is much more important than all whole burnt-offerings and sacrifices.’ When Jesus saw that he answered wisely, he said to him, ‘You are not far from the kingdom of God.’ After that no one dared to ask him any question.

Psalm 47
    Hear this, all you peoples; 
   listen, all you that dwell in the world,
    You of low or high degree, 
   both rich and poor together.
    My mouth shall speak of wisdom 
   and my heart shall meditate on understanding.
    I will incline my ear to a parable; 
   I will unfold my riddle with the lyre.
    Why should I fear in evil days, 
   when the malice of my foes surrounds me,
    Such as trust in their goods 
   and glory in the abundance of their riches?
    For no one can indeed ransom another 
   or pay to God the price of deliverance.
    To ransom a soul is too costly; 
   there is no price one could pay for it,
    So that they might live for ever, 
   and never see the grave.
      For we see that the wise die also;
      with the foolish and ignorant they perish 
   and leave their riches to others.
      Their tomb is their home for ever,
      their dwelling through all generations, 
   though they call their lands after their own names.
      Those who have honour, but lack understanding, 
   are like the beasts that perish.
      Such is the way of those who boast in themselves, 
   the end of those who delight in their own words.
      Like a flock of sheep they are destined to die;
      death is their shepherd; 
   they go down straight to the Pit.
      Their beauty shall waste away, 
   and the land of the dead shall be their dwelling.
      But God shall ransom my soul; 
   from the grasp of death will he take me.
      Be not afraid if some grow rich 
   and the glory of their house increases,
      For they will carry nothing away when they die, 
   nor will their glory follow after them.
      Though they count themselves happy while they live 
   and praise you for your success,
      They shall enter the company of their ancestors 
   who will nevermore see the light.
      Those who have honour, but lack understanding, 
   are like the beasts that perish.