Saturday, November 17, 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 4:28-37, and Mark 12:1-12
As we wrap up the church year and move toward Christ the King Sunday and the first Sunday in Advent, our Gospel readings turn more apocalyptic. Today’s reading is a parable about a vineyard owner that sent messenger after messenger, but each was turned away. When finally he sent his own son, the workers conspired to kill him so that they could take over the vineyard for themselves. It is easy to see that Jesus was using the story to talk about how the Jews had rejected God’s messengers, and that now that God had sent his Son, they were going to have him put to death. Why? Because they didn’t like the truth.
We have a tendency to reject the truth, because the truth is rarely comfortable. The truth doesn’t usually make us feel all that warm and fuzzy. In fact, we rather try to avoid it, or at least sugarcoat it. We try to hold it off as long as we can.
Truth is sharp. It hurts sometimes. That’s not a good excuse for us to go around hurting each other. We sometimes use truth’s hurt for cover as we go after people. Truth may hurt, but it also isn’t malicious.
Listen to God’s truth. Be willing to change things in order to become more like Jesus. Write your own prayer.