(24 August 2014, 9 August 2015)
LET your merciful ears, O Lord, be open to the prayers of your humble servants; and that they may obtain their petitions make them to ask such things as shall please you; through Jesus Christ our Lord.
Jeremiah 7:9-15; Psalm 17:1-8; 1 Corinthians 12:1-11; Luke 19:41-47a
Today we receive the painful but crucial lesson that spiritual arrogance and pride can be deadly. Both the ancient Israelites described in the Old Testament and the 1st century Jews described in the Gospel had lapsed into a dangerous position of taking God, and their status before him, for granted. Having the Ark of the Covenant or the Temple was not a free ticket to salvation, and the New Testament makes it clear that the same is true for us as Christians today: simply claiming the name of Jesus is not enough; only the Holy Spirit can enable us to call upon God in the way that the Psalm so beautifully describes. Thus, as the Collect prays for God’s guidance of our very prayers, we are reminded to beware of all spiritual arrogance and pride and always humble ourselves before him.