Getting Ready for the Eighteenth Sunday after Trinity
Reflection on the Word in our Worship
And the Lord said, “Hear what the unrighteous judge says. And will not God give justice to his elect, who cry to him day and night? Will he delay long over them? I tell you, he will give justice to them speedily. Nevertheless, when the Son of Man comes, will he find faith on earth?” (Luke 18:6-8, ESV)
We say in our prayers to him who is able to save and drive away from us that wicked being, “Avenge me of my adversary.” The only-begotten Word of God has truly done this by having become man. He has ejected the ruler of this world from his tyranny over us and has delivered and saved us and put us under the yoke of his kingdom. It is excellent to make requests through constant prayer, because Christ will receive our pleas and fulfill our petitions. -St. Cyril of Alexandria
The Collect of the Week
Set us free, loving Father, from the bondage of our sins, and in your goodness and mercy give us the liberty of that abundant life which you have made known to us in our Savior Jesus Christ; who lives and reigns with you, in the unity of the Holy Spirit, one God, now and for ever. Amen.
(Click on the links below to read Sunday's passages)
Psalm 121 (see below)
Second Reading: 2 Timothy 3:14–4:5
Gospel Reading: Luke 18:1-8
1 I will lift up my eyes unto the hills; *
from whence comes my help?
2 My help comes from the Lord, *
who has made heaven and earth.
3 He will not let your foot be moved, *
and he who keeps you will not sleep.
4 Behold, he who keeps Israel *
shall neither slumber nor sleep.
5 The Lord himself is your keeper; *
the Lord is your defense upon your right hand,
6 So that the sun shall not burn you by day, *
neither the moon by night.
7 The Lord shall preserve you from all evil; *
indeed, it is he who shall keep your soul.
8 The Lord shall preserve your going out and your coming in, *
from this time forth for evermore.