The Lord is in his holy temple; let all the earth keep silence before him. Habakkuk 2:20
Commemoration: Justin Martyr
Almighty and everlasting God, who found your martyr Justin wandering from teacher to teacher, seeking the true God, and revealed to him the sublime wisdom of your eternal Word: Grant that all who seek you, or a deeper knowledge of you, may find and be found by you; through Jesus Christ our Lord, who lives and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit, one God, for ever and ever. Amen.
Psalter: Psalm 31
Lessons: Proverbs 23:19-21, 29-24:2; 1 Timothy 5:17-25; Matthew 13:31-35
I don't find all that Christ asks us to lash ourselves up into a fine frenzy of faith. Faith is above all things serene, not agitated nor violent. What he requires is that our faith, though there be but a grain of it, should be genuine and simple. It comes down to this, that when we pray we should mean what we say. If we invoke God as Father, we are not asking that God should concern himself with certain limited troubles of our own, but that loving concern should take effect without any limits. We cannot pray, "I ask your fatherly love to take effect on me, but I do not want it to take effect through me on those whom you have given me." That prayer is unprayable, but then so is this, "I want your compassion to take me as I am, but I don't want that piece of your compassion which you have placed in me to take others as they are. Just as I am without one plea, but not just as they are, not with any number of pleas."
A Faith of Our Own
Ye Watchers and Ye Holy Ones