Yesterday’s readings set before us episodes of choice and rejection.
In John 15.16, Jesus says to his disciples, ‘You did not choose me, but I chose you.’ This is of course true! And yet, at the same time, as yesterday’s Gospel reminded us, we ourselves do have a choice.
We can choose or not choose to accept our being called.
And even if we do – as hopefully we will – choose to accept the call, sometimes we are more enthusiastic or more daunted at the likely consequence of our choice.
These themes were echoed in the Collect and the Prayer over the Offerings used at yesterday’s Mass.
O God, who cause the minds of the faithful
to unite in a single purpose,
grant your people to love what you command
and to desire what you promise,
that, amid the uncertainties of this world,
our hearts may be fixed on that place
where true gladness is found.
Through our Lord Jesus Christ, your Son,
who lives and reigns with you in the unity of the Holy Spirit,
one God, for ever and ever.
Prayer over the Offerings
O Lord, who gained for yourself a people by adoption
through the one sacrifice offered once for all,
bestow graciously on us, we pray,
the gifts of unity and peace in your Church.
Through Christ our Lord.
The Lord offers us ‘adoption’, it is then to us (with his help) to respond and choose to be what he makes possible to us.
- What among the Lord’s commands do you find it easier to love?
- To what other ‘places’ might your heart wander, even with his help?
Image at entrance to the Cathedral. Marseille. © 2014, Allen Morris.