'Hear this, you who trample on the needy
and bring the poor of the land to an end,
saying, “When will the new moon be over,
that we may sell grain?
And the Sabbath,
that we may offer wheat for sale,
that we may make the ephah small and the shekel great
and deal deceitfully with false balances,
that we may buy the poor for silver
and the needy for a pair of sandals
and sell the chaff of the wheat?”
The Lord has sworn by the pride of Jacob:
“Surely I will never forget any of their deeds."' - Amos 8:4-7 (ESV)
You who owns the cattle on a thousand hills and who takes notice of every sparrow that falls, forgive us for loving money more than we love you and more than we love one another. Give us hearts that are moved to care the needy and be present to one another, that we might follow in the footsteps of the one who loved us to the end and build a world that is good to all, through Jesus Christ our Lord, who lives with you and the Holy Spirit, one God, now and forever. Amen.