(16 April 2014, 1 April 2015)
ALMIGHTY and everlasting God, who, of your tender love towards mankind, has sent your Son, our Savior Jesus Christ, to take upon him our flesh, and to suffer death upon the cross, that all mankind should follow the example of his great humility; Mercifully grant, that we may both follow the example of his patience, and also be made partakers of his resurrection; through the same 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.
Isaiah 49:1-9; Psalm 54; Hebrews 9:16-28; Luke 22:1-71
As with two Sundays ago, today brings us to the priestly ministry of Jesus. The topics of making a covenant and offering a sacrifice echo through all the readings. First of all, on a basic level, the Psalm speaks in the voice of Christ, crying out in the midst of danger, yet still freely offering a sacrifice to God. Then, more specifically, at the last supper, Jesus announces his blood of the new covenant, which the Epistle reading explains to be part of his sacrificial offering acting as our High Priest. Once again this is prefigured in the Old Testament by Isaiah, who was pointing out that this sacrifice and covenant were not merely a renewal for the ethnic Israel, but a new covenant which would draw all other nationalities too!