Sunday, May 03, 2015

Collect for the fourth Sunday after Easter

Prayer book

O ALMIGHTY God, who alone canst order the unruly wills and affections of sinful men; Grant unto thy people, that they may love the thing which thou commandest, and desire that which thou dost promise; that so, among the sundry and manifold changes of the world, our hearts may surely there be fixed, where true joys are to be found; through Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen.

St Peter reminds us to forget our fleshly lusts in preference of that which lies above. We are fallen and our ability to choose the good in life is completely impaired while we do not know what good is. We are unable to choose good without knowing that God is good and that He created us of His goodness. Our fall from grace means that we are blinded, and our eyes only opened by the grace given to us by God in baptism which rids us of our inherited separation from God.

The beauty is that the sacrament of Baptism transcends the ages and does not change because God has not changed and neither has human nature. We still sin in the same way as Adam and Eve, yet we are saved in the same way through the second Adam, namely Our Lord Jesus Christ. The world changes around us, and we are caught up in its currents and torrents. We find ourselves confused and battered by tides and tempests.

However, God is our Rock and we cling to Him by faith and cooperating with His grace, going where He goes and staying where He stays despite the raging of the times. God gives us the opportunity to be limpets and barnacles upon His being so that we may indeed endure to the end and be saved.

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