Here are some excerpts from the texts for this coming Sunday:
Do not deceive yourselves. If you think that you are wise in this age, you should become fools so that you may become wise. For the wisdom of this world is foolishness with God. For it is written,
“He catches the wise in their craftiness,”
“The Lord knows the thoughts of the wise,
that they are futile.”
So let no one boast about human leaders. (1 Cor 3)
(Yes, this is church leadership, but still...)
Do not resist an evildoer.
Love your enemies and pray for those who persecute you. (Matt 5)
The Leviticus passage, too, offers a wealth of possibilities.
Now this Russia business - a year's worth of contact, a Russian sub hanging out off our shores, and more.
We give thanks to you, O God, for the goodness and love which you have made known to us in creation; in the calling of Israel to be your people; in your Word spoken through the prophets; and above all in the Word made flesh, Jesus, your Son. For in these last days you sent him to be incarnate from the Virgin Mary, to be the Savior and Redeemer of the world. In him, you have delivered us from evil, and made us worthy to stand before you. In him, you have brought us out of error into truth, out of sin into righteousness, out of death into life. (BCP p. 368)
Anamnesis... None of this is new to God. We didn't make ourselves worthy first in order for him to come to us. The Incarnation didn't happen in the midst of all being well. Corruption? Treason? God knows about it. God can work despite it, and has, and will. And so we can have real hope. Not cheery optimism. Hope. As it says in Hebrews, "For we have this hope, a sure and steadfast anchor of the soul."
And so, in peace, let us pray to the Lord, saying, "Lord, have mercy."