(29 June 2014, 14 June 2015)
O LORD, who never fails to help and govern them who you bring up in your steadfast fear and love; Keep us, we beseech you, under the protection of your good providence, and make us to have a perpetual fear and love of your holy Name; through Jesus Christ our Lord.
Genesis 12:1-4; Psalm 120; 1 John 3:13-24; Luke 14:16-24
Continuing from last Sunday, we again look at the nature of God as love. This time the focus is on the fact that godlike love is the way of salvation, whereas hatred (which is biblically equivalent to murder) is the way of damnation. The Gospel illustrates this by describing God’s love as an invitation to a feast – if we love God in return, we accept his invitation, and thus enter into salvation. Abram, in the Old Testament, also faced a similar promising invitation. The Collect ties this up with the summary idea that love is both the way (“being brought up”) and the destination (to “perpetually love”), and thus the Psalm includes a prayer of protection from those who “hate peace” and “are for war.”