(31 August 2014, 16 August 2015)
O GOD, who declares your almighty power most chiefly in showing mercy and pity; Mercifully grant unto us such a measure of your grace, that we, running the way of your commandments, may obtain your gracious promises, and be made partakers of your heavenly treasure; through Jesus Christ our Lord.
1 Kings 3:5-15; Psalm 28; 1 Corinthians 15:1-11; Luke 18:9-141
Perhaps the primary theme here is the mercy of God. The Collect asserts that God mainly declares his almighty power in showing mercy, and each scripture reading reveals a different angle of this truth. In the Old Testament, King Solomon humbly asks for wisdom instead of long life and wealth, and God grants all three. In the Gospel parable, the Tax Collector confesses his sins and goes home justified. In the Epistle, St. Paul describes God’s mercy upon him as a former persecutor of the Church now a hard-working Apostle. The Psalm, also, refers to a situation where one can finally exclaim God “has heard the voice of my pleas for mercy!” Finally, the Gospel also has a word of application: the parable was given to those who were self-righteous and held others in contempt. Therefore, we learn that God’s mercy is for all, and keeps us healthily humble.