The NZ Anglican Church promotes CofE readings rather than its own, and the New Living Translation without the diocesan bishops’ approval.
Jesus said, ‘You have heard that it was said, “An eye for an eye and a tooth for a tooth.” But I say to you, Do not resist an evildoer. But if anyone strikes you on the right cheek, turn the other also.’
God of heaven and earth,
you declare your almighty power
above all by showing mercy and compassion;
grant us the fullness of your grace,
that we, who are running to obtain your promises,
may be partakers of your heavenly treasure;
through Jesus Christ
who is alive with you,
in the unity of the Holy Spirit,
one God, now and for ever.
Amos highlights our measuring time by the moon and our fundamental dependence on food, on grain. The psalm images this fragile planet from on high. The gospel highlights we are stewards, “managers” of what God entrusts to us.