Two Mass readings feeding upon one another.
My child, conduct your affairs with humility,
and you will be loved more than a giver of gifts.
Humble yourself the more,
the greater you are,
and you will find favor with God.
What is too sublime for you, seek not,
into things beyond your strength search not.
The mind of a sage appreciates proverbs,
and an attentive ear is the joy of the wise.
Water quenches a flaming fire,
and alms atone for sins.
Brothers and sisters:
You have not approached
that which could be touched
and a blazing fire
and gloomy darkness
and a trumpet blast
and a voice speaking words such that those who heard
begged that no message be further addressed to them.
No, you have approached
and the city of the living God, the heavenly Jerusalem,
and countless angels in festal gathering,
and the assembly of the firstborn enrolled in heaven,
and God the judge of all,
and the spirits of the just made perfect,
and Jesus, the mediator of a new covenant,
and the sprinkled blood that speaks more eloquently than that of Abel.