Tuesday 5 January

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Almighty God,
in the birth of your Son
you have poured on us the new light of your incarnate Word,
and shown us the fullness of your love:
help us to walk in his light and dwell in his love
that we may know the fullness of his joy;
who is alive and reigns with you,
in the unity of the Holy Spirit,
one God, now and for ever.  Amen.

John 2.13–25
 The Passover of the Jews was near, and Jesus went up to Jerusalem. In the temple he found people selling cattle, sheep, and doves, and the money-changers seated at their tables. Making a whip of cords, he drove all of them out of the temple, both the sheep and the cattle. He also poured out the coins of the money-changers and overturned their tables. He told those who were selling the doves, ‘Take these things out of here! Stop making my Father’s house a market-place!’ His disciples remembered that it was written, ‘Zeal for your house will consume me.’ The Jews then said to him, ‘What sign can you show us for doing this?’ Jesus answered them, ‘Destroy this temple, and in three days I will raise it up.’ The Jews then said, ‘This temple has been under construction for forty-six years, and will you raise it up in three days?’ But he was speaking of the temple of his body. After he was raised from the dead, his disciples remembered that he had said this; and they believed the scripture and the word that Jesus had spoken.
 When he was in Jerusalem during the Passover festival, many believed in his name because they saw the signs that he was doing. But Jesus on his part would not entrust himself to them, because he knew all people and needed no one to testify about anyone; for he himself knew what was in everyone.

Psalm 8
    O Lord our governor,
   how glorious is your name in all the world!
    Your majesty above the heavens is praised
   out of the mouths of babes at the breast.
    You have founded a stronghold against your foes,
   that you might still the enemy and the avenger.
    When I consider your heavens, the work of your fingers,
   the moon and the stars that you have ordained,
    What is man, that you should be mindful of him;
   the son of man, that you should seek him out?
    You have made him little lower than the angels
   and crown him with glory and honour.
    You have given him dominion over the works of your hands
   and put all things under his feet,
    All sheep and oxen,
   even the wild beasts of the field,
    The birds of the air, the fish of the sea
   and whatsoever moves in the paths of the sea.
      O Lord our governor,
   how glorious is your name in all the world!