EIGHTEENTH SUNDAY AFTER PENTECOST – OLD TESTAMENT READING: Amos 8:4–7

4Hear this, you who trample on the needy

and bring the poor of the land to an end,

5saying, “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,

6that we may buy the poor for silver

and the needy for a pair of sandals

and sell the chaff of the wheat?”

7The Lord has sworn by the pride of Jacob:

“Surely I will never forget any of their deeds.”