(16 March 2014, 1 March 2015)
ALMIGHTY God, who sees that we have no power of ourselves to help ourselves; Keep us both outwardly in our bodies and inwardly in our souls; that we may be defended from all adversities which may happen to the body and from all evil thoughts which may assault and hurt the soul; through Jesus Christ our Lord.
ALMIGHTY and everlasting God, who hates nothing that you have made and forgives the sins of all them that are penitent: Create and make in us new and contrite hearts, that we, worthily lamenting our sins, and acknowledging our wretchedness, may obtain of you, the God of all mercy, perfect remission and forgiveness; through Jesus Christ our Lord.
Jeremiah 17:5-10; Psalm 25:13-21; 1 Thessalonians 4:1-8; Matthew 15:21-28
For the second week in a row the Gospel reading brings the activity of the demonic to our attention, this time highlighting how we must throw ourselves entirely upon the mercy and power of God to deliver us, as the woman in the reading did, and as the Collect describes. To put our trust anywhere else would be foolish and fatal, as the Prophet Jeremiah teaches. And so, since God has called us to holiness, as 1 Thessalonians 4 reminds us, we cry out to God to deliver us and save us, in the words of Psalm 25.