Bestow on us, we pray, O Lord,
a spirit of always pondering on what is right
and of hastening to carry it out,
and, since without you we cannot exist,
may we be enabled to live according to your will.
Today’s collect seems to say so much.
Always pondering what is right; the contemplation of justice and reason. The growing love of God.
Hastening to carry it out; not just knowing, but doing; and doing with alacrity, not with reluctance.
since without you we cannot exist: knowing, too, the reason for our existence, and the sovereignty of God over our very being.
to live according to your will: which is surely the only reasonable response to that knowledge.
Simple, yet full of meaning; and profound. And redolent of the Christian life; and of the life of Mary.