O God, who show the light of your truth
to those who go astray,
so that they may return to the right path,
give all who for the faith they profess
are accounted Christians
the grace to reject whatever is contrary to the name of Christ
and to strive after all that does it honour.
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 the 15th Sunday in Ordinary Time.
The Collect describes the need for reorientation and return – there is no doubt suggested that there are at least some who need this. The only question is whether we ourselves do… and probably the answer is, yes, we do.
What we are to return to is Christ. And how are we to return to him? By the light of God’s truth, by Jesus himself, who is light for the world.
The Good Samaritan. Carle Vanloo. Musee Fabree, Montpelier, France. Photograph (c) 2017, Allen Morris.