A letter from Fr. Tom - September 26

News October 4, 2021

The Collect (Opening Prayer) for this Twenty-sixth Week in Ordinary Time asks for God’s grace along the path to eternal life:

O God, who manifest your almighty power
                  above all by pardoning and showing mercy,

bestow, we pray, your grace abundantly upon us
        and make those hastening to attain your promises    
        heirs to the treasures of heaven.
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.

In many ways, this Collect is the continuation of the Collect from last week, which laid out the path to attaining eternal life by keeping the sacred Law that God has given to us, founded upon the commands to love God and neighbor.  Even though the path to eternal life is laid out for us by the sacred Law, we stumble and fall along the way, or veer off onto another path that does not lead to eternal life. 

This Collect asks for the grace to get up after we fall, the grace to get back onto the right path, and the grace not only to  continue but to hasten on the path to eternal life.  The moral life is not a matter of reluctantly trudging along, but of hastening to attain what God promises. 

Since it is God’s greatest desire for you—yes, you—to be saved and to inherit eternal life with him, he shows his great power through pardon and mercy.  There is no sin beyond God’s power to forgive; no sin that exhausts God’s infinite mercy.

Take just five minutes each morning this week to pray this Collect, and let it set the tone for your day.  Ask God for the grace to make a good confession of your sins so that he can manifest his great power in forgiveness and mercy, and so that you might hasten along the path to God’s promises, and merit eternal life. 

God bless you,

Fr. Tom