Almighty ever-living God,
who govern all things,
both in heaven and on earth,
mercifully hear the pleading of your people
and bestow your peace on our times.
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 Ordinary Time
We live in times of change and turbulence.
The Collect at Mass yesterday had the Church pray for peace, for us and for all.
How do we see that prayer being answered – peace descending like a cloud, infringing our freedom to act, even to act badly and destructively, or peace being something the Lord grants by enabling us to be more free, free to choose peace and work for peace, even sacrificially.
Jesus speaks in John’s Gospel of the peace he offers being peaces such as the world cannot give. What sublime irony though, if Jesus helps draw that peace from the hidden depths of the world, of itself, cannot find or keep hold of.
Our Lady of Peace. Tewkesbury Abbey. (c) 2016, Allen Morris