The Tenth Sunday after Trinity

 (24 August 2014, 9 August 2015)

The Collect:
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.

The Readings:
Jeremiah 7:9-15; Psalm 17:1-8; 1 Corinthians 12:1-11; Luke 19:41-47a

Reflection:
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.

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About Fr. Brench

I'm an Anglican Priest and a sci-fi geek. Therefore, I write about spiritual formation, theology, biblical studies, and Doctor Who. But I keep those blogs separate so I don't confuse too many people!
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2 Responses to The Tenth Sunday after Trinity

  1. Bill Barto says:

    Fr. Brench: Thank you for your post and for your blog. May I ask which lectionary you are using for this series?

    Grace and peace,
    Bill

    • Fr. Brench says:

      And thank you for still visiting, Bill! The lectionary here is mostly from the 1662 BCP. I ‘translated’ the Collects into contemporary English. The Old Testament & Psalm readings are from An Anglican Prayerbook by Preservation Press, 2008 (originally made for AMiA, and often called “the blue book”). A few of the holidays (not found in the 1662 BCP) have their collects and lessons taken from more recent prayer books.

      I realize that probably the majority of ACNA churches are using the modern lectionary, but part of the reason I’m doing this series online is to showcase the value of the traditional lectionary in the hopes that it can be recovered!

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