The love others feel for us, and the love we feel for others can wax and wane. Our emotions often depend on our circumstances, and others’ behaviour. God, however loves constantly and faithfully, simply, solely, wanting our good, good for everyone.
In the Collect this Sunday we can seem to claim special privilege by virtue of our being servants, and because (on a good day?!) we glory in the who and what of God. And yet God is Creator and guide, saviour for all.
This truth is something which is entrusted to us so that we might share it with others.
There is a difference between those who respond to the Lord, including those who share in the Lord’s life through faith and participation in the Sacraments, and those who do not. But this is a difference in us and not in the Lord.
This good news of the Lord’s grace and generosity is entrusted to us to share with all others.
Draw near to your servants, O Lord,
and answer their prayers with unceasing kindness,
that, for those who glory in you as their Creator and guide,
you may restore what you have created
and keep safe what you have restored.
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.
~ 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: From St John the Evangelist, Bath. (c) 2019, Allen Morris