The Collect For Pentecost 7
O God, your almighty power is made known chiefly in showing mercy. Grant us the fullness of your grace that we may be called to repentance and made partakers of your heavenly treasure; through your Son Jesus Christ, our Lord, who lives and reigns with You and the Holy Spirit, one God, now and forever. Amen
How is God’s power made known to men? According to the Collect for this coming Sunday “in showing mercy.”
God has mercy on all he made. He not only created all that exists, but he lovingly and mercifully sustains and prospers it. The world does not run of its own accord, but every detail is carefully managed by our merciful Creator. Any other story is fake news that belittles us and leaves us hopeless. Don’t believe it.
But his mercy doesn’t only extend to creation, but above all to humanity, to you the crown of his creation. God loves your dog, but he loves you more! Infinitely more! You are “more valuable” to God than your dog or anything else in all creation. (Matthew 6:26)
The mercy the church prays for in today’s Collect was displayed by the redemption our God provided for fallen man in giving his one and only Son to be our Savior; to atone for our sins, and, to give us every good blessing into perpetuity. His mercy never ends, but is new every morning, so that there is no “past” with God. His grace is eternal, and has no termination or expiration date. God’s kindness, goodness and mercy will never leave you short; nor does it end when you die, but will provide for you in a world without end. Ten thousand years from now, God will still be taking care of you because his gospel is eternal! Hear the Word of Revelation 14:6, “Then I saw another angel flying directly overhead, with an eternal gospel to proclaim to those who dwell on earth, to every nation and tribe and language and people.”
Since this is the case, let all who now hear repent, let them turn from their sins, regret their rebellious transgressions, and being cleansed from them by Christ’s blood, live. Live with and for our powerful and gracious God and Savior, Jesus Christ. Amen.