The glory of the Lord shall be revealed, and all flesh shall see it together. Isaiah 40:5
Commemoration: Francis Xavier and Others
Almighty and everlasting God, we thank you for your servants Francis Xavier, Robert Morrison, Karl Guetzlaff, and James Hudson Taylor, whom you called to preach the Gospel to the peoples of Asia. Raise up, we pray, in this and every land heralds and evangelists of your kingdom, that your Church may proclaim the unsearchable riches of our Saviour Jesus Christ; who lives and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit, one God, now and for ever. Amen.
Psalter: Psalm 20; Psalm 21:1-7; Psalm 21:8-13
Lessons: Amos 5:18-27, Jude 1:17-25, Matthew 22:15-22
Maximus the Confessor
The stained cloak is our flesh. However, we are not called to hate our own flesh as such but only the fact that it has been stained by sin, and we are called to work for its cleansing, so that what is carnal may become spiritual. However, this cannot be done in our own strength but only by the power of God, as Jude goes on to say in his closing blessing. . . .
This [final] verse [from Jude's epistle] gives equal glory to the Father and the Son in all things and for all time and eternity. By saying that glory, majesty, dominion and power should be attributed to God the Father through our Lord Jesus Christ, Jude is refuting those who believe that the Son is inferior to the Father. As he goes on to say in conclusion, the Son does not have his beginning at some point in time but has been there from all ages, is there now and will be there forever. Amen.
In the Blead Midwinter