There is a lot of use of the first person plural in the Collect for next Sunday. And a certain contrast between that and the singularity of God (at least until the Trinitarian conclusion to the prayer) and the singularity of purpose.
What we pray for is that in and despite being numerous and varied we ourselves – all the faithful and all the people (of whom the faithful of the Church are a part but not the entirety) – might achieve something of that unity of being and purpose that is proper to God, but often a struggle for us.
There are many reasons for our estrangements and the like, but it is in God we find the medicine and salve for what does damage in our human family, in God’s human family…
Good reason to pray for help for ourselves (and those others who as yet we might not really think are of ‘us’.)
Collect for 21st Sunday in Ordinary Time
O God, who cause the minds of the faithful
to unite in a single purpose,
grant your people to love what you command
and to desire what you promise,
that, amid the uncertainties of this world,
our hearts may be fixed on that place
where true gladness is found.
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: (c) 2020, Allen Morris. Detail of altar frontal. Priory Church, Leominster.