(9 November 2014, 25 October 2015)
GRANT, we beseech you, merciful Lord, to your faithful people pardon and peace, that they may be cleansed from all their sins, and serve you with a quiet mind; through Jesus Christ our Lord.
Genesis 32:24-29; Psalm 90:1-12; Ephesians 6:10-20; John 4:46-54
Today we are reminded that seeking union with God is a journey of great “toil and trouble,” as the Psalm puts it. As Jacob wrestled with the Angel of the Lord to seek his blessing, and as the official in Capernaum needed a miracle to grow his faith, so we must take up “the whole armor of God” in order to stand against temptations to sin. At the end of this struggle, however, is peaceful service to God, which is what the Collect directs us to.