(12 October 2014, 27 Sept. 2015)
LORD, we pray you that your grace may always go before and follow us, and make us continually to be given to all good works; through Jesus Christ our Lord.
Proverbs 25:6-14; Psalm 33:6-12; Ephesians 4:1-6; Luke 14:1-11
Starting here, several Sundays in a row deal with various aspects of our union with God. The Epistle serves as a sort of introduction to this theme. Today, specifically, the Gospel gives us a parable of a wedding banquet, which teaches us that it is appropriate for us to consider ourselves lesser than others in the Kingdom of God, for God will exalt the humble and humble the exalted. The Proverbs add their voice to this scenario, adding the advice to avoid hasty judgment, and rather to speak prudently. The Psalm continues these thoughts by describing the power of God’s word both to create and to judge. The Collect, finally, is a model prayer of a properly humble Christian, putting today’s Scriptures into practice.