Saturday, December 22, 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 80:1-7, Isaiah 66:7-11, and Luke 13:31-35
Jesus was going to leave when he was good and ready. Not a moment before.
Jesus wasn’t afraid of what Herod might do. He knew he had been given a job to do, and he knew that his time wasn’t up. He didn’t fear confrontation. He didn’t try to sweep things under the rug and keep a low profile.
He didn’t exactly go looking for Herod, either. He didn’t go looking for a fight. He didn’t bait him into doing something rash. He would go out of his way to start things with the Pharisees, but that was different.
He ignored Herod. He just went about his business. He knew when he was going to be ready to leave. He knew what he wanted to accomplish. He was making a point. He wasn’t going to let Herod push him around, and he wasn’t going to try to push Herod around. He was going to do the work of the kingdom. Nothing less.
Focus on doing the kingdom business. Don’t let others push you away from that. Don’t let them scare you away from what God wants you to do. Don’t go looking for a fight, either. Just focus on what God wants. Write your own prayer.