Many of us may find it difficult to admit our weaknesses.
Yet the entrance antiphon at Mass on Sunday – if we heard it – put such an admission at the very head of our celebration.
An extract from Psalm 69, the first lines of the verse form the beginning of the Daily Offices in the Church’s Liturgy of the Hours. Though there, at least when praying together – and when does a Christian pray the Prayer of the Church alone, (for always in our Liturgy we pray united with Christ, with saints and angels, and the rest of the Church on earth) – we pray ‘O God, come to our assistance or aid, etc’).
We never pray from our own strength, but always relying on the Lord’s help.
O God, come to my assistance;
O Lord, make haste to help me!
You are my rescuer, my help;
O Lord, do not delay.
Ps 69: 2, 6
The Liturgy of the Word on Sunday, the 18th Sunday in Ordinary Time, addressed the temptation for us to lose sight of the things which last, as we yearn for the things more commonly prized in this world, and which seem to offer us as security from the vagaries of this world, and our own weaknesses. And yet those passing things themselves turn out not to be a source of strength but weakness!
- For what do you need God?
- What do you need freeing from?
Prayer at the Russian Orthodox Cathedral of the Mother of God and All Saints, Ennismore Gardens, London. (c) 2015, Allen Morris.