Fourth Sunday in Lent
GRANT, we beseech thee, Almighty God, that we, who for our evil deeds do worthily deserve to be punished, by the comfort of thy grace may mercifully be relieved; through our Lord and Saviour Jesus Christ. Amen.
ALMIGHTY and everlasting God, who hatest nothing that thou hast made, and dost forgive the sins of all those who are penitent; Create and make in us new and contrite hearts, that we, worthily lamenting our sins and acknowledging our wretchedness, may obtain of thee, the God of all mercy, perfect remission and forgiveness; through Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen.
In the first part of the Collect for the 4th Sunday in Lent, we acknowledge that we deserve punishment or discipline for our evil deeds. This is part of a sincere repentance, to own the point that our sins have consequences in our relationships. In the Collect for the Lenten Season, we pray, “worthily lamenting our sins and acknowledging our wretchedness.”A true lament over our wretchedness is to take the blame or responsibility for our sins as well as to submit to God as we go through the aftermath. Now, suffering the consequences we “worthily deserve” for our sins does not earn salvation or points with God. We cannot hope to pay for our misdeeds enough to earn forgiveness and full remission from God. We have forgiveness and remission through Jesus Christ alone. He calls us to repent and turn to Him in faith. We will see His work of grace to this end in the second part of this Collect in our next meditation.