The Fourth Sunday after Easter
News of the Order and commentary appear after the Proper Collect, Epistle and Gospel
ALMIGHTY God, which dost make the minds of all faithful men to be of one will; Grant unto thy people, that they may love the thing which thou commandest, and desire that which thou dost promise; that so, among the sundry and manifold changes of the world, our hearts may surely there be fixed, where true joys are to be found; through Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen.
Source of Collect: Sacramentary of Gelasius [ca 494 AD].
Fix your heart on Jesus
Ischios, Magistrus, Martyr -- May 10th [286-305]
Tony of Nigeria sent greetings and photos of the work with orphans under the cohort ST ANTHONY OF PUDUA Cohort of Nigeria and Tanzania Province
This Sunday is the Fourth Sunday after Easter. Our collect is ancient, and it puts us in mind that the Early Church recognized and affirmed God's mighty hand in ruling his church, his elect, and guiding them toward the great truths. It reminds me of another prayer that says, "O God, from whom all holy desires, all good counsels, and all just works do proceed…" God is with his elect and his voice speaks to us. As the collect and our Gospel says, may we fix our hearts on his will.
The Homily for this Sunday is from Augustine of Hippo, Doctor of the Church. It is newly published on our site. We are reminded that it is through the Holy Spirit, residing in the elect, that God makes his will know to the sheep of his flock. The Spirit opens the Gospel to our hearts and guides us day-by-day in its application. Augustine makes a strong catholic defense of the Trinity, so that none of his flock misunderstood Jesus' words.