Second Sunday after Pentecost
Lord of all power and might, the author and giver of all good things: Graft in our hearts the love of your Name, increase in us true religion, nourish us with all goodness, and bring forth in us the fruit of good works; through Jesus Christ our Lord, who lives and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit, one God, for ever and ever. Amen.
On that day the Lord will protect the inhabitants of Jerusalem, so that the feeblest among them on that day shall be like David, and the house of David shall be like God, like the angel of the Lord, going before them. And on that day I will seek to destroy all the nations that come against Jerusalem.
“On that day there shall be a fountain opened for the house of David and the inhabitants of Jerusalem, to cleanse them from sin and uncleanness.
O God, you are my God; * early will I seek you.
My soul thirsts for you, my flesh also longs after you, * in a barren and dry land where there is no water.
Thus I have looked upon you in your holy place, * that I might behold your power and glory.
For your loving-kindness is better than life itself; * my lips shall praise you.
As long as I live I will magnify you, * and lift up my hands in your Name.
My soul shall be satisfied, as with marrow and fatness, * when my mouth praises you with joyful lips.
When I remember you on my bed, * I meditate on you in the watches of the night.
Because you have been my helper, * therefore under the shadow of your wings I will rejoice.
My soul clings to you; * your right hand has upheld me.
Those who seek to destroy my life * shall go down into the earth.
Let them fall upon the edge of the sword, * that they may be a portion for jackals.
But the King shall rejoice in God; all those who swear by him shall be commended, * for the mouth of those who speak lies shall be stopped.
+Glory be to the Father, and to the Son, and to the Holy Spirit;
As it was in the beginning, is now, and ever shall be; world without end. Amen.
Now before faith came, we were held captive under the law, imprisoned until the coming faith would be revealed. So then, the law was our guardian until Christ came, in order that we might be justified by faith. But now that faith has come, we are no longer under a guardian, for in Christ Jesus you are all sons of God, through faith. For as many of you as were baptized into Christ have put on Christ. There is neither Jew nor Greek, there is neither slave nor free, there is no male and female, for you are all one in Christ Jesus. And if you are Christ's, then you are Abraham's offspring, heirs according to promise.
Now it happened that as he was praying alone, the disciples were with him. And he asked them, “Who do the crowds say that I am?” And they answered, “John the Baptist. But others say, Elijah, and others, that one of the prophets of old has risen.” Then he said to them, “But who do you say that I am?” And Peter answered, “The Christ of God.”
And he strictly charged and commanded them to tell this to no one, saying, “The Son of Man must suffer many things and be rejected by the elders and chief priests and scribes, and be killed, and on the third day be raised.”
And he said to all, “If anyone would come after me, let him deny himself and take up his cross daily and follow me. For whoever would save his life will lose it, but whoever loses his life for my sake will save it.
Artwork: “Pentecost,” 2003. Sawai Chinnawong (Thai, 1959–)