Saint Gregory of Nazianzus reflects on this verse from today’s First Reading:
O Lord, that we may begin with holy fasting
this campaign of Christian service,
so that, as we take up battle against spiritual evils,
we may be armed with weapons of self-restraint.
Through our Lord Jesus Christ, your Son,
Who lives and reigns with You
in the unity of the Holy Spirit,
one God, for ever and ever.
and to the Son
and to the Holy Spirit:
as it was in the beginning,
is now, and will be forever. Amen