(omitted in 2014, 15 Nov. 2015)
O LORD, we beseech you, absolve your people from their offences; that through your bountiful goodness we may all be delivered from the bonds of those sins, which by our frailty we have committed: Grant this, O heavenly Father, for Jesus Christ’s sake, our blessed Lord and Savior.
Isaiah 55:6-11; Psalm 85:1-7; Colossians 1:3-12; Matthew 9:18-26
The discipleship course of the season after Trinity Sunday now reaches its culmination: the picture of Christian perfection. A double focus on dealing with sin is addressed. As Jesus both healed a woman who was sick and resurrected a woman who was dead, Christian perfection is about both absolution from our present sins and deliverance from sin’s bonds – its after-effects on our souls. In the Epistle, Saint Paul gives thanks for past growth and prays for its continuation to fulfillment. The Old Testament and Psalm, likewise, celebrate the mercy and forgiveness of God.