The Collect (Opening Prayer) for this Twenty-fourth Week in Ordinary Time acknowledges God as Creator and ruler, and asks that he look upon us with mercy:
Look upon us, O God,
Creator and ruler of all things,
and, that we may feel the working of your mercy,
grant that we may serve you with all our heart.
Through our Lord Jesus Christ, your Son,
who lives and reigns with you
in the unity of the Holy Spirit,
God, for ever and ever. Amen.
God is indeed not only Creator, but ruler of all things. How easy it is for us to forget that God rules over everything at all times. In his wisdom, when God created the human person he invested us with the responsibility to rule over the rest of his creation as the stewards or caretakers of all that he has created. God, however, is the ultimate ruler of his creation. In the Collect we ask that the ruler of creation look upon us—and by extension, all of his creation—with mercy.
Notice that our ability to feel the effects of God’s mercy is tied to the disposition of our heart. When we serve God with all our heart, our heart is opened to better experience the effects of God’s mercy. When our heart is distracted by the things of this world—directed toward creation instead of the Creator—we don’t experience God’s mercy as easily. It is we who are distracted, not God.
Bring this Collect to your prayer throughout the week. Ask that your heart may be directed to serving your Creator and ruler, so that you may experience more fully the workings of mercy he bestows upon his creation each and every time he looks upon us.
God bless you,