Friday, November 16, 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 16, Daniel 4:19-27, and Colossians 2:6-15
We have received Jesus, so we should remain in him. Our roots should grow deep and well-established. Our lives should be shaped by his teaching and sacrifice. Our very identities become one with him, so that we put aside our old selves and take on him for ourselves. Where before we were sentenced to death for our sin, we now are granted life for his sinlessness. Where before we were due justice, we now are given mercy.
As we gather around Christ’s table, we receive again the grace to overcome the difficulties in our lives. In the consecrated bread and wine Christ is truly present, and we receive him into ourselves again. We do not worry about it becoming “less special” – how can receiving Christ be anything less than life-changing? It might be the first or the five thousandth time we’ve taken Holy Communion, and we might have said the well-known words over and over again, but it is always just as special. How can it be anything less?
You have received Jesus. Now grow deeper in him. Put aside your old self and take on his nature. Write your own prayer.