(17 August 2014, 2 August 2015)
GRANT to us, Lord, we beseech you, the spirit to think and do always such things as be rightful; that we, who cannot do any thing that is good without you, may by you be enabled to live according to your will; through Jesus Christ our Lord.
Numbers 10:35-11:3; Psalm 95; 1 Corinthians 10:1-13; Luke 16:1-9
Today’s Gospel parable tells the story of a steward who was unfaithful to his master but faithful to his own interests by lightening the load of his master’s debtors. The history of the Israelites wandering in the desert, described in the first three readings, tell a similar story: God’s people are given miraculous gifts from God, including what the Epistle describes as a sort of prototype of Baptism and Communion. The lesson given to us there is that we need to be faithful stewards of what God has given us. The Collect takes this to prayer by acknowledges our inability to do what is right without God’s help.