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Sirach 36: 1-2, 4-5, 10-17

A Prayer for God’s People

36Have mercy upon us, O God* of all,
2   and put all the nations in fear of you.
4 As you have used us to show your holiness to them,
   so use them to show your glory to us.
5 Then they will know,* as we have known,
   that there is no God but you, O Lord.
10 Hasten the day, and remember the appointed time,*
   and let people recount your mighty deeds.
11 Let survivors be consumed in the fiery wrath,
   and may those who harm your people meet destruction.
12 Crush the heads of hostile rulers
   who say, ‘There is no one but ourselves.’
13 Gather all the tribes of Jacob,*
16   and give them their inheritance, as at the beginning.
17 Have mercy, O Lord, on the people called by your name,
   on Israel, whom you have named* your firstborn,


James 4: 13-17

Boasting about Tomorrow

13 Come now, you who say, ‘Today or tomorrow we will go to such and such a town and spend a year there, doing business and making money.’ 14Yet you do not even know what tomorrow will bring. What is your life? For you are a mist that appears for a little while and then vanishes. 15Instead you ought to say, ‘If the Lord wishes, we will live and do this or that.’ 16As it is, you boast in your arrogance; all such boasting is evil. 17Anyone, then, who knows the right thing to do and fails to do it, commits sin.


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