The Collect at Mass on Sunday, the 2nd Sunday of Easter drummed home its point. And it made and makes the point that we are who we are because of the personal and direct connection we have with God, who acts and acts and acts to draw us into communion with him and with each other.
God of everlasting mercy,
who in the very recurrence of the paschal feast
kindle the faith of the people you have made your own,
increase, we pray, the grace you have bestowed,
that all may grasp and rightly understand
in what font they have been washed,
by whose Spirit they have been reborn,
by whose Blood they have been redeemed.
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.
Collect for Second Sunday of Easter
The font in which we are washed is that of the Father’s mercy; the Spirit is the Spirit that unites Father and Son, and that they share with us; and the Blood is that of the Son who took flesh to dwell among us and lead us home. Holy, Holy, Holy God comes to save.
The Collect is a prayer that these gifts, this offer of communion with the persons of God, are not given in vain.
Today in our daily living, let us look for signs of acceptance and signs of failure to accept and live to these gifts. Somewhat like Lent, but in a different key, Easter is a time for active cooperation with God’s grace.
Image of Christ from Liverpool’s Anglican Cathedral. (c) 2016, Allen Morris.