Grant us grace, O Lord, to desire you with our whole heart; that so desiring, we may seek and find you; and so finding, may love you; and so loving, may hate those sins from which you have delivered us; through Christ our Lord. Amen.Anselm of Canterbury (c. 1033–1109)
Lord Jesus Christ, you were there when the Spirit hovered over the waters at creation and you will be there when a new heaven and a new earth come into being.
You were there when we took our first breath and you will be there when we breathe our last.
You have begun a good work in us and you will continue that work to its completion, as we make ourselves available to you and to the work of your Spirit in us.
Thank you that there is nothing that has been, or is, or will be, in our lives or in the life of the world, which is not known to you or of concern to you.
Thank you that, because all things, past, present and future are in your hands, there is nothing in our past, present or future with which we cannot trust you. Amen.
“Jesus replied: “‘Love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your mind.’ This is the first and greatest commandment. And the second is like it: ‘Love your neighbor as yourself.’”
“If any want to become my followers, let them deny themselves and take up their cross and follow me. For those who want to save their life will lose it, and those who lose their life for my sake, and for the sake of the gospel, will save it.” (vv. 34-35)
Isaiah 61:1-7 “They shall build up the ancient ruins, they shall raise up the former devastations; they shall repair the ruined cities, the devastations of many generations.” (v. 4)
“For as the earth brings forth its shoots, and as a garden causes what is sown in it to spring up, so the Lord GOD will cause righteousness and praise to spring up before all the nations.” (v. 11)
“Upon your walls, O Jerusalem, I have posted sentinels; all day and all night they shall never be silent. You who remind the Lord, take no rest, and give him no rest until he establishes Jerusalem and makes it renowned throughout the earth.” (vv. 6-7)
“’Why are your robes red, and your garments like theirs who tread the wine press?’ ‘I have trodden the wine press alone, and from the peoples no one was with me; I trod them in my anger and trampled them in my wrath; their juice spattered on my garments, and stained all my robes.’” (vv. 2-3)
“For I am about to create new heavens and a new earth; the former things shall not be remembered or come to mind.” (v. 17)
“As a mother comforts her child, so I will comfort you; you shall be comforted in Jerusalem.” (v 13)
Leviticus 27:14-numbers 1:1-54