Thursday, May 31, 2007

Justin, Martyr at Rome, c. 167

A song comes to mind, The Wayfaring Stranger, that typifies the searching of the children of the world, as they seek the Christ. Can we pray that God, in His infinite and great Mercy, might find them, laity, clergy and bishops, as He did Justin, and lead them into the Truth of His Word. Our heart aches for those who have lost the vision of Christ's atoning sacrifice and redemption, as man continues to do all that pleases themselves. Man's 'itching ears' cannot be the measure of salvation, and men MUST be found and taught His ways.

Almighty and everlasting God, who didst find thy martyr Justin wandering from teacher to teacher, seeking the true God, and didst reveal to him the sublime wisdom of thine eternal Word: Grant that all who seek thee, or a deeper knowledge of thee, may find and be found of thee; through Jesus Christ our Lord, who liveth and reigneth with thee and the Holy Spirit, one God, for ever and ever. Amen. Collect for Justin, Martyr at Rome, LF&F 233

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