COLLECT OF THE WEEK
Almighty God, you know that we have no power in ourselves to help ourselves: Keep us both outwardly in our bodies and inwardly in our souls, that we may be defended from all adversities which may happen to the body, and from all evil thoughts which may assault and hurt the soul; through Jesus Christ our Lord, who lives and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit, one God, for ever and ever. Amen. - Book of Common Prayer, p. 218
Today’s passage relates to sin and the influence of the devil on the people that Jesus was teaching. Jesus said: “everyone who commits sin is a slave to sin.” Nowadays, we might relate images of the devil to things as regular and everyday as sports team logos. But make no mistake, the presence of the devil is real and his influence can still impact us as human beings and our ability to refrain from sinful thoughts, words and deeds.
However, we must be steadfast, and admit that we all commit sins in our everyday lives, sometimes knowingly, sometimes unknowingly. Lent is the perfect time for us to reflect on our thoughts, words and actions, and so acknowledge that we are all indeed sinners, but because of our commitment to and belief in Christ, we will certainly be granted mercy.