Of what do we speak? Of what do we dream? Of what do we fear to speak and which will only appear in our nightmares?
The Collect for this Sunday is familiar with our limits and the superabundance of love and mercy and encouragement that the Lord is ready to share with us. We ask for God’s mercy, even as we know that we cannot yet know what he offers, nor from what it is he truly saves us.
Collect for the 27th Sunday in Ordinary Time
Almighty ever-living God,
who in the abundance of your kindness
surpass the merits and the desires of those who entreat you,
pour out your mercy upon us
to pardon what conscience dreads
and to give what prayer does not dare to ask.
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) 2005, Allen Morris. Painting by Gustav-Adolf Mossa in collection of the Musée des Beaux-Arts, Nice.