O Lord, how manifold are your works!
In wisdom have you made them all;
the earth is full of your creatures.
When you send forth your Spirit, they are created,
and you renew the face of the ground. Psalm 104:24, 30
A good name is better than precious ointment,
and the day of death than the day of birth.
Better is the end of a thing than its beginning,
and the patient in spirit is better than the proud in spirit.
Be not quick in your spirit to become angry,
for anger lodges in the heart[b] of fools.
Say not, “Why were the former days better than these?”
For it is not from wisdom that you ask this. — Ecclesiastes 7:1, 8-10
So Jesus said to the Jews who had believed him, “If you abide in my word, you are truly my disciples, and you will know the truth, and the truth will set you free. . . . Truly, truly, I say to you, everyone who practices sin is a slave to sin. The slave does not remain in the house forever; the son remains forever. So if the Son sets you free, you will be free indeed.” — John 8:31, 34-36
Whatever our sin was previously, it was wiped out in Baptism. But just because all of our iniquity has been blotted out, does that mean there is no weakness left? If there were no weakness left, then that would mean that we should be living here without sin. Yet who would venture to say such a thing except someone who is proud, who is unworthy of the Deliverer’s mercy, who wants to be deceived, and who is destitute of the truth? So from the fact that some weakness remains, I venture to say that, in whatever measure we serve God, we are free; in whatever measure we serve the law of sin, we are still in bondage. [St. Augustine–Early Church Father, Bishop of Hippo, b. 354 d. 430.]
DAILY PRAYER for SUNDAY
O Lord Jesus Christ, true God and true man, today all Christendom celebrates the day on which You rose from the dead. You, who are the Light come to lighten the darkness, let the sun of Your mercy rise upon all the services of Your people. Grant that Your Word may be rightly preached with power from the Holy Spirit and without fear of those who would oppose it. Bring about true repentance in all who are Yours and fill them with the holy faith, which is the salvation of their souls. Listen favorably to all our prayers and bring them before the Father for the sake of Your holy wounds.
O Merciful Lord, where You in the mystery of the Sacrament of Your body and blood make an entrance among Your people, there grant that all the faithful may bow in holy fear and humility before You, and that all whom You Yourself feed may receive the sacred gift not impenitently to their judgment, but as a medicine of eternal life. Look not upon the sins we commit against You this day, and bring to nothing all the plans of the evil foe. Let the Last Day come soon, so that we, released from all strife, may behold You with all saints and angels face- to-face and sing our praises to You better than we are now able.
Amen. Yes, come Lord Jesus! Amen.