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Proper 25C, Better Than We Can Ask, Or Imagine

Proper 25C, 2016, 
At the heart of the Eucharistic liturgy crafted by Thomas Cramner, was the prayer we refer to as the prayer of humble access.
“We do not presume to come to this thy Table, O merciful Lord, trusting in our own righteousness, but in thy manifold and great mercies. We are not worthy so much as to gather up the crumbs under thy Table. But thou art the same Lord, whose property is always to have mercy: Grant us therefore, gracious Lord, so to eat the flesh of thy dear Son Jesus Christ, and to drink his blood, that our sinful bodies may be made clean by his body, and our souls washed through his most precious blood, and that we may evermore dwell in him, and he in us. Amen.” – (Book of Common Prayer 1662)
This prayer has been part of our common liturgies in the Anglican tradition since 1548 and can be found in our current prayer book on page 337 as part of the what is called the “Rite I” celebration of the Eucharist. This prayer is intended as a means of setting ourselves i…

Don't Make Them Beg

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The scripture appointed for 24C can be found here
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I have to fess up, I LOVE this parable.
I love the persistence, and the doggedness and the insistence of the widow in her pursuit of justice.I love the encouragement to pray and maintain hope even when things seem hopeless. I love the commitment to justice we hear on the part of God.
This parable, fills me with rejoicing. This parable challenges me to do better, to be better, to listen and engage better. Yet, it also reminds me that this is done with the assistance and inspiration of the God whose hope for us is the hope of justice in a new creation.
So, yay, quite simply YAY!God’s way is better than ours and for this I give such deep and profound thanks.
I am grateful that we serve a God whose way is better than the way we can hope or imagine.I am grateful that this passage exists to remind us that justice is breaking in.And tho’ that justice may not come quickly enough given the terms of my own human existence, it will come.
So…