Who, being in very nature[a] God,
did not consider equality with God something to be used to his own advantage;
by taking the very nature[b] of a servant,
being made in human likeness.
And being found in appearance as a man,
he humbled himself
by becoming obedient to death—
even death on a cross!
the world, and all who live in it;
for he founded it on the seas
established it on the waters.
Who may ascend the mountain of the Lord?
Who may stand in his holy place?
The one who has clean hands and a pure heart,
who does not trust in an idol
or swear by a false god.
They will receive blessing from the Lord
and vindication from God their Savior.
Such is the generation of those who seek him,
who seek your face, God of Jacob
He has come from above and is greater than anyone else.
You gave us ears to hear:
May we listen to all we meet,
Remind us daily that there is a time for silence and a time for speaking,
and show us when to speak and when to hold our peace.
Never let us miss a cry for help,
Make us ready to listen to others,
O Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen