Brother George Linnegar, Priest Of St Thomas A Becket At Cliffe, Lewes

Sermon for Trinity XVIII

Our calling as Christians is two-fold. Summed up neatly in the Collect for today. We pray for “grace to withstand the temptations of the world, the flesh, and the devil, and with pure hearts and minds to follow thee the only God; through Jesus Christ our Lord”. Necessarily two-fold, the grace of God and endeavour of discipleship – as we know from experience. There has to be a determination to withstand temptation. Without that intention – we are reduced to muttering within ourselves, “Make me holy Lord – but not yet!”

Our constant prayer is, or should be, as we well know, “For grace to withstand the temptations of the world, the flesh and the devil. This initial approach is a must – again as we well know.

Pondering things, we know a great deal – which we share with each other. Two or three weeks ago – depending on where we were seated over a cup of tea in the Hall – we might have overheard a discussion going on over ministry in a Christian life – ministering to the needs of each other.

When faced with the Collect for today we know that there is held out to us grace to withstand the temptations of the world, the flesh and the devil.

Also we know that we have grace, through world news, local news, and when walking the streets of Lewes. Awareness we can side-step – but that would be through a closed mind and heart – which is in fact being only half-alive.

The alternatives ring bells within us, because we have been this way before. Against a closed life – against allowing no entry into our lives. We note Silence, Prayer, Our calling – (for we all have a calling). Common sense in face of that calling, and a quiet rejoicing through our calling – our calling is to be truly alive.

© Br George Linnegar