Tuesday 31 August

God our creator,
you feed your children with the true manna,
the living bread from heaven:
sustain us through our earthly pilgrimage
until we come to that place
   where hunger and thirst are no more;
through Jesus Christ our Lord.  Amen.

Mark 8.22–26
 They came to Bethsaida. Some people brought a blind man to him and begged him to touch him. He took the blind man by the hand and led him out of the village; and when he had put saliva on his eyes and laid his hands on him, he asked him, ‘Can you see anything?’ And the man looked up and said, ‘I can see people, but they look like trees, walking.’ Then Jesus laid his hands on his eyes again; and he looked intently and his sight was restored, and he saw everything clearly. Then he sent him away to his home, saying, ‘Do not even go into the village.’

from Psalm 135
Praise the name of the Lord;
give praise, you servants of the Lord,
      You that stand in the house of the Lord,
in the courts of the house of our God.
      Praise the Lord, for the Lord is good;
make music to his name, for it is lovely.
      For the Lord has chosen Jacob for himself
and Israel for his own possession.
      For I know that the Lord is great
and that our Lord is above all gods.
      The Lord does whatever he pleases
in heaven and on earth,
in the seas and in all the deeps.
      He brings up the clouds from the ends of the earth;
he makes lightning with the rain
and brings the winds out of his treasuries.