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Second Sunday after Easter-2013

The Second Sunday after Easter.

Psalm 49
Audite haec, omnes
( . . . )
6. There be some that put their trust in their goods : and boast themselves in the multitude of their riches.
7. But no man may deliver his brother : nor make agreement unto God for him;
8. For it cost more to redeem their souls : so that he must let that alone for ever;
9. Yea, though he live long : and see not the grave.
( . . . )
Interesting note: the 1662 BCP Psalter is different here from the 1928 BCP. In the 1928 BCP Psalter, v.9 looks this way: “9 That he shall live always, * and not see the grave.”

The Collect.
ALMIGHTY God, who has given thine only Son to be unto us both a sacrifice for sin, and also an ensample of godly life; Give us grace that we may always most thankfully receive that his inestimable benefit, and also daily endeavour ourselves to follow the blessed steps of his most holy life; through the same Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen.

Old Testament Reading: Isaiah 40.1-11
Psalter: Psalm 21, 23 | 116, 117
Epistle Reading: 1 Peter 2.19-25
Gospel Reading: St. John 10.11-16

Barbee and Zahl: “Practical Pelagianism is any way of living by which responsibility for the willing and doing of the right thing is yours. The ball is in your court, really and actually, rather than that of the unseen God. You may pray to God, even for specific assistance, but you act as though it were up to you. ( . . . ) The Collect for the Second Sunday after Easter parries Pelagianism. Yes, it invites us to follow Christ. Yes, it sets out Christ as the way-shower and exemplar of the human race. But it beds the exemplary character of Christ’s life in his “sacrifice for sin” and “his inestimable benefit” (i.e., for us). In theological language, we could say that the Collect invokes the Atonement as the foundation of our living out concretely a Christ-like life” (55).

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