(22 June 2014, 7 June 2015)
O GOD, the strength of all them that put their trust in you, mercifully accept our prayers; and because through the weakness of our mortal nature we can do no good thing without you, grant us the help of your grace, that in keeping of your commandments we may please you, both in will and deed; through Jesus Christ our Lord.
2 Samuel 9:6-13; Psalm 41:1-4; 1 John 4:7-21; Luke 16:19-31
Today we continue examining the nature of God, particularly his property of being characterized by love. The Psalm and Epistle particularly pursue this imagery for us. The challenge, then, is for us to love like God does, which the Collect acknowledges we can’t do without his help. The Gospel parable illustrates just how bad we can be at loving our neighbor, as well as how stubborn we can be toward correction. It is the Old Testament story of King David’s love for Jonathan shown to the helpless Mephibosheth that shows us a positive example of what to strive for.