Thus says the high and lofty One who inhabits eternity, whose name is Holy, "I dwell in the high and holy place and also with the one who has a contrite and humble spirit, to revive the spirit of the humble and to revive the heart of the contrite." Isaiah 57:15
Collect of the Day
O Lord, mercifully receive the prayers of your people who call upon you, and grant that they may know and understand what things they ought to do, and may also have grace and power faithfully to accomplish them; through Jesus Christ our Lord, who lives and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit, one God, now and for ever. Amen.
Psalter: Psalm 42, 43
Lessons: Joshua 6:1-14, Romans 13:1-7, Matthew 26:26-35
From material things he moves on to spiritual things--namely, the vine transplanted from Egypt is the people of Israel to whom the Lord speaks through Jeremiah: "Yet I planted you a choice vine. . . . How then have you degenerated and become a wild vine?" Isaiah the prophet also celebrates this in his lovely canticle, and Scripture bears witness to it in different places. Therefore the Lord says that he will not drink of this fruit of the vine except in the kingdom of his Father. I believe the kingdom of the Father is the faith of the believers, which the apostle confirms when he says, "The kingdom of God is within you." Therefore, when the Jews have received the kingdom of the father--note that he says "of the father" and not "of God" (every "father" is the name of the son)--when, as I say, they have believed in God the Father and the Father has led them to the Son, the Lord will drink of their wine, like Joseph reigning in Egypt, who will drink and be merry with his brothers.
Peace (A Communion Blessing from St. Joseph's Square)