LENT, Week 1: Saturday



“And today the LORD has accepted your agreement: you will be a people specially his own, as he promised you, you will keep all his commandments,” (Deuteronomy 26:18.)

Saint Clement of Alexandria offers the following insight on this verse from today’s First Reading:

“These are evidently symbolic — hands, of action; heart, of deliberation; mouth, of speech. There is an excellent text on the subject of the penitent: “You have chosen God today to be your God, and the Lord has chosen you today to be his people.” God makes his own the person who is eager to serve truth and reality and comes as a suppliant. Even if he is only one in number, he is honored on equal terms with the whole people. He is a part of the people. He becomes the complement of the people once he is reestablished out of his previous position, and the whole in fact takes its name from the part.” (Stromateis, 2.)



Collect
Turn our hearts to you, eternal Father,
and grant that,
seeking always the one thing necessary
and carrying out works of charity,
we may be dedicated to your worship.
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.


Glory to the Father
and to the Son
and to the Holy Spirit:
as it was in the beginning,
is now, and will be forever. Amen