COLLECT OF THE WEEK
Gracious Father, whose blessed Son Jesus Christ came down from heaven to be the true bread which gives life to the world: Evermore give us this bread, that he may live in us, and we in him; who lives and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit, one God, now and for ever. Amen. - Book of Common Prayer, p. 219
…But as time went on and his relationship with God deepened, the man realized that fulfilling the letter of the law was not what God wanted of him. As he read and studied God’s word, it eventually dawned on him that he had, after all this time, been searching for an answer to a question that, in fact, had no answer. That question, asked so many years ago now, “What do you want from me?” assumes that God does actually want something from us. He does not. But He does want many things FOR us –love, peace, joy, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness and self-control, just to name a few. All this He gives freely to those who believe in Him and follow his ways. All the things we struggle with in life will find their correct places eventually if we live our lives in God’s presence. God’s promises are real. He will never forsake us, and he will see us through all the trials of this life.
The man eventually reached that point in his life when he could look back along the path he had traveled. Had he found the cure for cancer? No, he missed that one. Was he a great political leader? No, he was too honest and humble for that. Had he been a great leader of people, an important member of society? Maybe, to some degree, by default, he thought. The man was content with who he was. He knew that God had, like the potter of old, molded him into the man he wanted him to be. A productive member of society, a good provider and role model for his children, a faithful husband to his long-suffering wife. God had blessed him beyond measure, more than he ever deserved, and through Grace alone had given him Salvation and the promise of eternal life. No, his path had not always been easy, but he had never been without the sure hope of God’s promise to care for him.
And in the end, then, what does the Lord require of you? To act justly, and to love mercy, and to walk humbly with your God. Amen.