The Collect for this coming Sunday

Collect for the 15th Sunday in Ordinary Time

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.

One of the things those who belong to any particular religion, including Christianity, need to be ever-mindful of, is that God is more than the God of their religion. God-who-is, is God of all that is – and is known as God by many others not of our religious communion.

The Collect gestures towards this truth.

O God, who show the light of your truth
to those who go astray,

Unfortunately for the world, it is not only Christians who go astray.

Fortunately for the world it is not left only to Christians to help people return to the right path! The world is loved by God, and God is on all our side. God’s truth serves us all, and God calls all those who know and love him to help their brothers and sisters to assist others to know and live by that truth

It is not only Christians go astray, but for sure we Christians do go astray, and often. And so we especially need what others need, so that we may be closer to Christ in truth and not associated with him by our name only.

The Collect does not spell out what it is that is

contrary to the name of Christ

Nor does it name

all that does it honour.

So we will need to do a little work to identify those things for ourselves. Especially if we are not wanting to offer pat and familiar answers.

Mindful that our minds and hearts may be somewhat shadowed even when we seek truth, let us pray for the Lord’s light to help us know our failings and temptations more truly, and respond still more generously to the opportunities to return to the right path, and closer to the Lord himself.

  • Where are shadows most prevalent in your life and living?
  • What attracts you to the Lord’s light and truth?

Acknowledgements
~ Translation of the Collect: English translation of The Roman Missal © 2010, International Commission on English in the Liturgy Corporation. All rights reserved..
~ Commentary: (c) 2020, Allen Morris
~ Photograph: Lampstand, Courtauld Gallery, London. (c) 2007, Allen Morris

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