Tuesday 14 September

Keep, O Lord, your Church, with your perpetual mercy;
and, because without you our human frailty cannot but fall,
keep us ever by your help from all things hurtful,
and lead us to all things profitable to our salvation;
through Jesus Christ our Lord.  Amen.

John 12.27–36a
 ‘Now my soul is troubled. And what should I say—“Father, save me from this hour”? No, it is for this reason that I have come to this hour. Father, glorify your name.’ Then a voice came from heaven, ‘I have glorified it, and I will glorify it again.’ The crowd standing there heard it and said that it was thunder. Others said, ‘An angel has spoken to him.’ Jesus answered, ‘This voice has come for your sake, not for mine. Now is the judgement of this world; now the ruler of this world will be driven out. And I, when I am lifted up from the earth, will draw all people to myself.’ He said this to indicate the kind of death he was to die. The crowd answered him, ‘We have heard from the law that the Messiah remains for ever. How can you say that the Son of Man must be lifted up? Who is this Son of Man?’ Jesus said to them, ‘The light is with you for a little longer. Walk while you have the light, so that the darkness may not overtake you. If you walk in the darkness, you do not know where you are going. While you have the light, believe in the light, so that you may become children of light.’
After Jesus had said this, he departed and hid from them.

Psalm 2
    Why are the nations in tumult,
   and why do the peoples devise a vain plot?
    The kings of the earth rise up,
      and the rulers take counsel together,
   against the Lord and against his anointed:
    ‘Let us break their bonds asunder
   and cast away their cords from us.’
    He who dwells in heaven shall laugh them to scorn;
   the Lord shall have them in derision.
    Then shall he speak to them in his wrath
   and terrify them in his fury:
    ‘Yet have I set my king
   upon my holy hill of Zion.’
    I will proclaim the decree of the Lord;
   he said to me: ‘You are my Son; this day have I begotten you.
    ‘Ask of me and I will give you the nations for your inheritance
   and the ends of the earth for your possession.
    ‘You shall break them with a rod of iron
   and dash them in pieces like a potter’s vessel.’
      Now therefore be wise, O kings;
   be prudent, you judges of the earth.
      Serve the Lord with fear, and with trembling kiss his feet,
   lest he be angry and you perish from the way,
      for his wrath is quickly kindled.
      Happy are all they
   who take refuge in him.