O God, who hast prepared for them that love thee such good things as pass man’s understanding: pour into our hearts such love towards thee; that we, loving thee in all things and above all things, may obtain thy promises, which exceed all that we can desire; through Jesus Christ thy Son our Lord, who liveth and reigneth with thee, in the unity of the Holy Ghost, ever one God, world without end. Amen. - Collect for the Sixth Sunday after Trinity, Divine Worship: The Missal.
‘The Collect, Epistle and Gospel [in the Prayer Book] are the same as used in England before the Reformation in the Sarum Missal. Our Collect is the same as in the Roman Missal for the Fifth Sunday after Pentecost.
…The Collect for today is based on the Epistle and gives a very beautiful interpretation of it. We pray that the exceeding love of God for us may move us so to love Him that we may obtain His promises, which exceed all that we can desire.
…The good things that God has prepared for us come only after we have washed ourselves in the water of baptism from the stains of sin, and have put off the old man, our sinful nature, and risen with Christ in the likeness of His Resurrection, to walk in newness of life. “Thou shalt show me the path of life”, says the Psalmist. We must walk along the path of life in which our footsteps are set at Baptism. We can only do this by using the helps God has given us. They are some of the good things, but only a foretaste of the good things to come. In this world we “see through a glass darkly”. In the life of the world to come we shall see God face to face. That does not mean that the good things God has prepared for us in this life are any less real than those of the future life. They are equally good, but in our present state we do not always appreciate them. That is because our love is weak and faint. If we progress along this path, it will lead us to God, in whose presence is the fulness of joy’.
from Teaching the Collects, 1965, by H.E. Sheen
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