The first reading last Sunday, from Ecclesiasticus, ended with a invitation to Israel to remember what made her special and offered her life over death.
Remember the last things, and stop hating,
remember dissolution and death, and live by the commandments.
Remember the commandments, and do not bear your neighbour ill-will;
remember the covenant of the Most High, and overlook the offence.
That gentle but compelling progression from contemplation of the last things, to dissolution (ageing ?!?) and death, to commandments, and then – most poignantly – to contemplation of the Covenant and the Lord of the Covenant… If we do not learn what is good from the One Lord, from whom will we learn it, and by whom will we be helped to live it.
This week, the Collect (for the 25th Sunday in Ordinary Time) has us address the Lord, mindful of his commands and precepts, and pray for his continued help to live faithful to the covenant which is godly.
- What in particular might you be asking help with?
- Which precepts? Which circumstance do you find risks drawing you from the Lord and his Kingdom?
O God, who founded all the commands of your sacred Law
upon love of you and of our neighbour,
grant that, by keeping your precepts,
we may merit to attain eternal life.
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: South Bank, London. (c) 2014, Allen Morris