Friday in the First Week of Lent: The throne of grace
From the daily office readings for today: “Let us therefore approach the throne of grace with boldness, so that we may receive mercy and find grace to help in time of need.”
Let us therefore make every effort to enter that rest, so that no one may fall through such disobedience as theirs. Indeed, the word of God is living and active, sharper than any two-edged sword, piercing until it divides soul from spirit, joints from marrow; it is able to judge the thoughts and intentions of the heart. And before him no creature is hidden, but all are naked and laid bare to the eyes of the one to whom we must render an account. Since, then, we have a great high priest who has passed through the heavens, Jesus, the Son of God, let us hold fast to our confession. For we do not have a high priest who is unable to sympathize with our weaknesses, but we have one who in every respect has been tested as we are, yet without sin. Let us therefore approach the throne of grace with boldness, so that we may receive mercy and find grace to help in time of need.
Let us pray.
Make us bold, Lord God, to receive your mercy and find your grace. Through Jesus Christ. Amen.
Photo: Detail from mosaic dome in the Baptistry at the Duomo, Florence, Italy, by yours truly.