Collect Meditation for the 3rd Sunday after the Epiphany Part I

ALMIGHTY and everlasting God, mercifully look upon our infirmities, and in all our dangers and necessities stretch forth thy right hand to help and defend us; through Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen.

In the first part of our meditation upon this prayer, we will focus on God mercifully looking upon our infirmities. We might trip here and think this phrase is only for those that are infirm or sick physically. This is a mistake. As human beings living in a fallen world, we constantly deal with both physical and spiritual infirmities. Often in life when we come across someone that is infirm or in some sort of need, how do we look upon that person? Often due to sin, we do not 100 percent of the time look upon a person suffering infirmities with mercy. We cannot fall into the trap of bemoaning this reality to the point we forget God. This prayer teaches us that no matter how we are treated by human beings when we are suffering infirmities, God is constantly looking upon us in His merciful love. He knows our needs and does not turn to look away when we undergo infirmities. He looks upon us mercifully, having sent His only begotten Son Jesus Christ to bear all the infirmities we bear perfectly without spot or blemish of falling into sin. In such, God’s merciful looking upon our infirmities is real, life-giving, and redemptive. The assurance of the Resurrection of our bodies as seen in I Corinthians 15 answers every infirmity both small and great that we suffer in this life that one day, all such will be made right with a glorified and resurrected body that will no longer suffer.