Tuesday, September 25, 2012
Begin by praying the Collect for Grace and Collect for Purity.
Collect for Grace:
Lord God, almighty and everlasting Father, you have brought us safely to this new day: Preserve us with your mighty power, that we may not fall into sin, nor be overcome by adversity; and in all we do, direct us to the fulfilling of your purpose; through Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen.
Collect for Purity:
Almighty God, to you all hearts are open, all desires known, and from you no secrets are hidden: Cleanse the thoughts of our hearts by the inspiration of your Holy Spirit, that we might perfectly love you, and worthily magnify your holy name; through Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen.
Read: Psalm 139:1-18, 2 Kings 11:21-12:16, and James 5:1-6
Our Old Testament reading is about corrupt practices in the temple. Although the king had instructed the priests to use certain money to repair the temple, they decided instead to just keep the money. Finally the king’s men had to step in and set up a system where money was collected and then used on repairs.
Our Epistle reading is a continuation from yesterday. St. James calls for repentance and lets us know that all the stuff we accumulate and all the greed we use to get it needs to be put aside, for if we are going to follow Jesus we have to deny ourselves.
Jesus calls to us, telling us to put aside the things that weigh us down, to crucify the things that are more important to us than he is, and to follow him.
What do you need to put away? Write your own prayer.