Saturday, February 5, 2011

Epiphany V: Leaning only upon Thee

Lord, we beseech thee to keep Thy Church and household continually in Thy true religion; that they which do lean only upon hope of Thy heavenly grace may evermore be defended by Thy mighty power; through Christ our Lord. Amen.
[Thomas Cranmer]
THE kingdom of heaven is likened unto a man which sowed good seed in his field: but while men slept, his enemy came and sowed tares among the wheat, and went his way. But when the blade was sprung up, and brought forth fruit, then appeared the tares also. So the servants of the householder came and said unto him, Sir, didst not thou sow good seed in thy field? from whence then hath it tares? He said unto them, An enemy hath done this. The servants said unto him, Wilt thou then that we go and gather them up? But he said, Nay; lest while ye gather up the tares, ye root up also the wheat with them. Let both grow together until the harvest: and in the time of harvest I will say to the reapers, Gather ye together first the tares, and bind them in bundles to burn them: but gather the wheat into my barn.
[Matthew 13]
Put not your trust in princes,
Nor in the son of man, in whom there is no help.
His breath goeth forth, he returneth to his earth;
In that very day his thoughts perish.

Happy is he that hath the God of Jacob for his help,
Whose hope is in the LORD his God:
Which made heaven, and earth, the sea, and all that therein is:
Which keepeth truth for ever...

[Psalm 146]