Jesus taught them, “So when you are offering your gift at the altar, if you remember that your brother or sister has something against you, leave your gift there before the altar and go; first be reconciled to your brother or sister, and then come and offer your gift.” Matthew 5:23-24
The Collect for the Sixth Sunday after Epiphany
O God, the strength of all who put their trust in you: Mercifully accept our prayers; and because in our weakness we can do nothing good without you, give us the help of your grace, that in keeping your commandments we may please you both in will and deed; through Jesus Christ our Lord, who lives and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit, one God, for ever and ever. Amen.
Book of Common Prayer, 216
As this prayer is spoken aloud today in worship I wonder (about myself and those with whom I pray) just how completely I/we trust in God? Do I/we trust God’s strength in every time and place? Certainly I/we believe that God will mercifully accept our prayers (always). And then I/we have the audacity to ask for grace to keep the commandments so “we may please you [God] in will and deed.” After praying this way we’ll hear Jesus continue his teaching of the disciples (that’s us) that what is in our hearts is as important as what we do. Lots to consider through the day and the week. ~Fr. Dan
Be well. Do good. Pay attention. Keep learning.
- Lectionary Readings for Epiphany 6A (The Lectionary Page)
- The heart of it (A Meditation on Matthew 5:21-28 by Steve Garnaas-Holmes)
- What is a Collect?
Image: Art in the Christian Tradition (Vanderbilt Divinity Library)