Give the king your justice, O God,
and your righteousness to the royal son!
May he judge your people with righteousness,
and your poor with justice!
May he defend the cause of the poor of the people,
give deliverance to the children of the needy,
and crush the oppressor!
In his days may the righteous flourish,
and peace abound, till the moon be no more! Psalm 72:1-2, 4, 7
As soon as Solomon had finished building the house of the Lord and the king’s house and all that Solomon desired to build, the Lordappeared to Solomon a second time, as he had appeared to him at Gibeon. And the Lord said to him, “I have heard your prayer and your plea, which you have made before me. I have consecrated this house that you have built, by putting my name there forever. My eyes and my heart will be there for all time. And as for you, if you will walk before me, as David your father walked, with integrity of heart and uprightness, doing according to all that I have commanded you, and keeping my statutes and my rules, then I will establish your royal throne over Israel forever, as I promised David your father, saying, ‘You shall not lack a man on the throne of Israel.’ But if you turn aside from following me, you or your children, and do not keep my commandments and my statutes that I have set before you, but go and serve other gods and worship them, then I will cut off Israel from the land that I have given them, and the house that I have consecrated for my name I will cast out of my sight, and Israel will become a proverb and a byword among all peoples. And this house will become a heap of ruins.[a] Everyone passing by it will be astonished and will hiss, and they will say, ‘Why has the Lord done thus to this land and to this house?’ Then they will say, ‘Because they abandoned the Lord their God who brought their fathers out of the land of Egypt and laid hold on other gods and worshiped them and served them. Therefore the Lord has brought all this disaster on them.’” 1 Kings 9:1-9
For we know that if the tent that is our earthly home is destroyed, we have a building from God, a house not made with hands, eternal in the heavens. . . .
So we are always of good courage. We know that while we are at home in the body we are away from the Lord, for we walk by faith, not by sight. . . .
Therefore, knowing the fear of the Lord, we persuade others. But what we are is known to God, and I hope it is known also to your conscience. . . . For the love of Christ controls us, because we have concluded this: that one has died for all, therefore all have died; and he died for all, that those who live might no longer live for themselves but for him who for their sake died and was raised.
. . . Therefore, we are ambassadors for Christ, God making his appeal through us. We implore you on behalf of Christ, be reconciled to God. For our sake he made him to be sin who knew no sin, so that in him we might become the righteousness of God. 2 Corinthians 5:1, 6-7a, 11, 14-15, 20-21
Today, August 27, the Church commemorates St. Monica, the mother of St. Augustine, early church father and Bishop of Hippo. Living from AD 333-387, throughout her life she sought the conversion and spiritual welfare of her pagan husband, a Roman official, and their children–especially their son, Augustine. St. Monica’s life was the epitome of the Christian wife of an unbeliever according to St. Paul’s admonition in 1 Corinthians 7:13-16:
“If any woman has a husband who is an unbeliever, and he consents to live with her, she should not divorce him. For the unbelieving husband is made holy because of his wife, and the unbelieving wife is made holy because of her husband. Otherwise your children would be unclean, but as it is, they are holy. . . . God has called you to peace. For how do you know, wife, whether you will save your husband? . . .”
St. Augustine writes of his beloved mother:
“[She] was brought up in modesty and sobriety. She was made by You, [O God], obedient to her parents rather than by them to You. When she she reached marriageable age, she was given to a man and served him as lord. She tried to win him for You, speaking to him of You by her virtues through which You made her beautiful, so that her husband loved, respected, and admired her. She bore with his infidelities and never had a quarrel with her husband on this account. For she looked forward to Your mercy coming upon him, in hope that, as he came to believe in You, he might become chaste. . . .
DAILY PRAYER for SATURDAY
Lord God, heavenly Father, once again a week comes to its end. Forgive
us for having sinned again this week. We pray You not to look upon our
guilt: forgive us every sin of thought, word, and deed; forgive our
inner blindness, disbelief, doubt , feeblemindedness, impatience,
arrogance, evil desires, lust, secret envy, hate, resentment, and our
Redeem us by Your mercy. We know that a single sin eternally destroys
our fellowship with You. We know that we have eternally earned Your
wrath. We know that by our sin we are not worthy to be named Your
children. But our hope is not in our works; our hope is found in Your
grace alone, O God. We pray You to forgive us for the sake of Jesus
Christ, Your beloved Son. Through Him, grant us the power to hate our
sins, so that we may lead a life well-pleasing to You in true humility
and in the knowledge of Your holy will. O Lord, teach us to number our
days, that we may gain a heart of wisdom.
Let the coming Sunday be a blessing for all Christians and for me.
Waken in us a hunger for Your Word and Sacrament. Prepare our hearts
that we may take part in the eternal liturgy sung before Your throne,
and grant that in the Sacrament we may join the never-ending feast,
until that final day comes. Hear our prayer for the sake of the Lamb,
Your beloved Son, Jesus Christ. Amen.