(27 July 2014, 12 July 2015)
O GOD, who has prepared for them that love you such good things as pass man’s understanding; Pour into our hearts such love toward you, that we, loving you above all things, may obtain your promises, which exceed all that we can desire; through Jesus Christ our Lord.
Genesis 4:2b-15; Psalm 90:12-17; Romans 6:3-11; Matthew 5:20-26
Wrath is one of the “seven deadly sins,” and the Gospel reading today particularly spells out just how wicked hatred and cursing is – tantamount to murder! The Old Testament story demonstrates this: how Cain’s anger led to murder. In place of such wrath, we must seek to be satisfied with God’s unfailing love, and pray to love God more so we can receive his unimaginable promises, as the Psalm and Collect pray. We seek this because in Baptism we have died to sin and been made alive with Christ, as the Epistle teaches, which leads us back full circle to the Gospel’s lesson: forgiveness is crucial for living a healthy, loving, unwrathful godly life.