(26 October 2014, 11 October 2015)
O GOD, forasmuch as without you we are not able to please you; Mercifully grant, that your Holy Spirit may in all things direct and rule our hearts; through Jesus Christ our Lord.
Genesis 18:23-32; Psalm 141:1-9; Ephesians 4:17-32; Matthew 9:1-8
The Collect of the Day makes a serious claim: it is impossible to please God on our own! In essence, union with God is necessary for a life of friendship with him. The Scriptures attest to this in many ways. Abraham’s plea for mercy on the city of Sodom is based on the number of righteous people there. Jesus’ primary act of healing for the paralytic is forgiving his sins – the physical healing was just to demonstrate the reality of the spiritual healing. The Epistle contains a lengthy set of reminders that we must live according to the New Creation – the indwelling Spirit within us. The Psalm, finally, is a prayer that God would cleans us from our sins.