Monday 30 August

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Almighty God,
you search us and know us:
may we rely on you in strength
and rest on you in weakness,
now and in all our days;
through Jesus Christ our Lord.  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 125
    Those who trust in the Lord are like Mount Zion,
   which cannot be moved, but stands fast for ever.
    As the hills stand about Jerusalem,
   so the Lord stands round about his people,
      from this time forth for evermore.
    The sceptre of wickedness shall not hold sway
      over the land allotted to the righteous,
   lest the righteous turn their hands to evil.
    Do good, O Lord, to those who are good,
   and to those who are true of heart.
    Those who turn aside to crooked ways
      the Lord shall take away with the evildoers;
   but let there be peace upon Israel.