Wednesday of Holy Week, April 17, 2019
Accomplish in us the work of your salvation,
That we may show forth your glory in the world.
We sometimes think of God as an abusive Father, sending his Son specifically to die to take the punishment due us, and thereby appease God. Instead, we can think of how the world became distorted through human sin, so that violence and suffering are part of the human condition.
God desired so much to restore us to the glory intended, that God, in the Person of the Son, entered into that human condition.
Christ accepted that violence, and by taking it into the divine life, overcame it.
In our baptism, we share in Christ’s sufferings – we die to sin, and to the violence and distortion which result from sin. We can then live in confidence in the present because we participate already in the glory of Christ’s resurrection and ascension, carrying our human nature into the divine presence.
Lord God, whose blessed Son our Savior gave his body to be whipped and his face to be spit upon: Give us grace to accept joyfully the sufferings of the present time confident of the glory that shall be revealed; through Jesus Christ your Son our Lord, who lives and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit, one God, for ever and ever. Amen.
(Collect for Wednesday in Holy Week, BCP 220)