The readings for Sunday 30 in Ordinary Time
A reading from the Prophet Jeremiah
(Jeremiah 31:7-9 NRSV)
For thus says the LORD: Sing aloud with gladness for Jacob, and raise shouts for the chief of the nations; proclaim, give praise, and say, “Save, O LORD, your people, the remnant of Israel.” See, I am going to bring them from the land of the north, and gather them from the farthest parts of the earth, among them the blind and the lame, those with child and those in labor, together; a great company, they shall return here. With weeping they shall come, and with consolations I will lead them back, I will let them walk by brooks of water, in a straight path in which they shall not stumble; for I have become a father to Israel, and Ephraim is my firstborn.
(Psalm 125(126) NRSV)
Resp: What marvels the Lord worked for us! Indeed we were glad. When the LORD restored the fortunes of Zion, we were like those who dream. Then our mouth was filled with laughter, and our tongue with shouts of joy; Resp: What marvels the Lord worked for us! Indeed we were glad. then it was said among the nations, “The LORD has done great things for them.” The LORD has done great things for us, and we rejoiced. Resp: What marvels the Lord worked for us! Indeed we were glad. Restore our fortunes, O LORD, like the watercourses in the Negeb. May those who sow in tears reap with shouts of joy. Resp: What marvels the Lord worked for us! Indeed we were glad. Those who go out weeping, bearing the seed for sowing, shall come home with shouts of joy, carrying their sheaves. Resp: What marvels the Lord worked for us! Indeed we were glad.
A reading from the Epistle to the Hebrews
Hebrews 5:1-6 (NRSV)
Every high priest chosen from among mortals is put in charge of things pertaining to God on their behalf, to offer gifts and sacrifices for sins. He is able to deal gently with the ignorant and wayward, since he himself is subject to weakness; and because of this he must offer sacrifice for his own sins as well as for those of the people. And one does not presume to take this honor, but takes it only when called by God, just as Aaron was.
So also Christ did not glorify himself in becoming a high priest, but was appointed by the one who said to him, “You are my Son, today I have begotten you”; as he says also in another place, “You are a priest forever, according to the order of Melchizedek.”