Thursday 28 January

Collect
Eternal God,
who enriched your Church with the learning and holiness
   of your servant Thomas Aquinas:
give to all who seek you
a humble mind and a pure heart
that they may know your Son Jesus Christ
   as the way, the truth and the life;
who is alive and reigns with you,
in the unity of the Holy Spirit,
one God, now and for ever.  Amen.

Amos 8
This is what the Lord God showed me—a basket of summer fruit.   He said, ‘Amos, what do you see?’ And I said, ‘A basket of summer fruit.’ Then the Lord said to me,
‘The end has come upon my people Israel;
   I will never again pass them by.
    The songs of the temple shall become wailings on that day,’
says the Lord God;
‘the dead bodies shall be many,
   cast out in every place. Be silent!’
    Hear this, you that trample on the needy,
   and bring to ruin the poor of the land,
    saying, ‘When will the new moon be over
   so that we may sell grain;
and the sabbath,
   so that we may offer wheat for sale?
We will make the ephah small and the shekel great,
   and practise deceit with false balances,
    buying the poor for silver
   and the needy for a pair of sandals,
   and selling the sweepings of the wheat.’
    The Lord has sworn by the pride of Jacob:
Surely I will never forget any of their deeds.
    Shall not the land tremble on this account,
   and everyone mourn who lives in it,
and all of it rise like the Nile,
   and be tossed about and sink again, like the Nile of Egypt?
    On that day, says the Lord God,
   I will make the sun go down at noon,
   and darken the earth in broad daylight.
       I will turn your feasts into mourning,
   and all your songs into lamentation;
I will bring sackcloth on all loins,
   and baldness on every head;
I will make it like the mourning for an only son,
   and the end of it like a bitter day.
       The time is surely coming, says the Lord God,
   when I will send a famine on the land;
not a famine of bread, or a thirst for water,
   but of hearing the words of the Lord.
       They shall wander from sea to sea,
   and from north to east;
they shall run to and fro, seeking the word of the Lord,
   but they shall not find it.
       In that day the beautiful young women and the young men
   shall faint for thirst.
       Those who swear by Ashimah of Samaria,
   and say, ‘As your god lives, O Dan’,
and, ‘As the way of Beer-sheba lives’—
   they shall fall, and never rise again.

Psalm 48
    Great is the Lord and highly to be praised,
   in the city of our God.
    His holy mountain is fair and lifted high,
   the joy of all the earth.
    On Mount Zion, the divine dwelling place,
   stands the city of the great king.
    In her palaces God has shown himself
   to be a sure refuge.
    For behold, the kings of the earth assembled
   and swept forward together.
    They saw, and were dumbfounded;
   dismayed, they fled in terror.
    Trembling seized them there;
      they writhed like a woman in labour,
   as when the east wind shatters the ships of Tarshish.
    As we had heard, so have we seen
      in the city of the Lord of hosts, the city of our God:
   God has established her for ever.
    We have waited on your loving-kindness, O God,
   in the midst of your temple.
      As with your name, O God,
      so your praise reaches to the ends of the earth;
   your right hand is full of justice.
      Let Mount Zion rejoice and the daughters of Judah be glad,
   because of your judgements, O Lord.
      Walk about Zion and go round about her;
      count all her towers;
   consider well her bulwarks; pass through her citadels,
      That you may tell those who come after
      that such is our God for ever and ever.
   It is he that shall be our guide for evermore.

A summary of Amos as video