COLLECT OF THE WEEK
Almighty God, you alone can bring into order the unruly wills and affections of sinners: Grant your people grace to love what you command and desire what you promise; that, among the swift and varied changes of the world, our hearts may surely there be fixed where true joys are to be found; through Jesus Christ our Lord, who lives and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit, one God, now and for ever. Amen. - Book of Common Prayer, p. 219
There was an article, recently, about an atheist group that had formed an organization called “Good without God” through which they were going to help the poor, but do it without religion. When you hear about something like this, do you wonder at the logic, as I do? Can this group – can any group – know what is good without some authoritative standard to define it as good? Not everyone in the ancient or the modern world helps the poor or needy, that certainly is not obvious, not “just what everyone everywhere naturally does” – but instead, the people of God taught it from ancient times, and continue to practice the good today. Jesus said “even though you do not believe me, believe the works, so that you may know and understand that the Father is in me and I am in the Father”. Isn’t it true that we know what is good because God has revealed it in the world?
Let us rejoice that all kinds of folks in the world are seeking to do good works. And we should always be among those who do such things! While we do, let it be our ministry to share the Word of God so that others may come to know the One from Whom all good things come.
ks us to listen, and to follow His path. Do not let anybody or anything lead you down a side path, no matter what. Jesus said “I am the gate, whoever enters by me will be saved, and will come in and go out and find pasture.”