The Fifth Sunday in Eastertide

(18 May 2014, 3 May 2015)

The Collect:
O ALMIGHTY God, who alone can order the unruly wills and affections of sinful men; Grant unto your people, that they may love the thing which you command, and desire that which you promise; that so, among the sundry and manifold changes of the world, our hearts may surely there be fixed, where true joys are to be found; through Jesus Christ our Lord.

The Readings:
Job 19:21-27a; Psalm 57; James 1:17-21; John 16:5-15

Reflection:
This Sunday, we are reminded that the resurrection life in Christ is one that is patterned after and ordered by God. The Old Testament and Psalm describe this in terms of dying or being severely disciplined, yet seeing God and rejoicing in him. The Epistle reading describes this in a different way: we must listen to the word of God, because it saves us and renews us. Additionally, it mentions gifts from above, and the Gospel reading gives an example of this: the Holy Spirit who leads us into all God’s truth. The Collect, finally, takes these themes of discipline, listening, and gifts, and wraps them into one beautiful and coherent prayer.

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About Fr. Brench

I'm an Anglican Priest and a sci-fi geek. Therefore, I write about spiritual formation, theology, biblical studies, and Doctor Who. But I keep those blogs separate so I don't confuse too many people!
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