(16 November 2014, omitted in 2015)
LORD, we beseech you to keep your household the Church in continual godliness; that through your protection it may be free from all adversities, and devoutly given to serve you in good works, to the glory of your Name; through Jesus Christ our Lord.
Isaiah 11:1-10; Psalm 44:1-9; Philippians 1:3-11; Matthew 18:21-35
Reflection: As a sort of follow-up to last Sunday’s theme of struggle, we are now brought to the lesson of perseverance. The Church, as God’s “household,” must continue in the good works begun in it – the Epistle and Collect together explore this in detail. The Gospel gives us a specific example in the importance of forgiving one another as we bear one another up in the Christian journey. Ultimately, though, the fruits of our perseverance are manifold as the Old Testament describes; therefore we remember and thank God, as in the Psalm.