(12 January 2014, 11 January 2015)
O LORD, we beseech you mercifully to receive the prayers of your people which call upon you; and grant that they may both perceive and know what things they ought to do, and also may have grace and power faithfully to fulfill the same; through Jesus Christ our Lord.
Zechariah 8:1-8, Psalm 72:1-8, Romans 12:1-5, Luke 2:41-52
This next revelation of Jesus to be God, related in the Gospel reading, was a more private event. Jesus’ parents were surprised by the depth of Jesus’ self-awareness to be the Son of God such that even at age 12 he knew that he was supposed to be in the Temple learning from his heavenly Father. While the Psalm serves as a sort of prophetic prayer which anticipates the ministry that Jesus would eventually enter into, the Old Testament reading serves as a prophetic picture which anticipates how all God’s people will eventually be as clear-minded as Jesus was. Thus the Collect and Epistle reading together point the example of Jesus over to us: we are also to seek the mind of God by offering ourselves to him as living sacrifices so that we may also both discern what we ought to do and have the grace and power to carry it out.