Make Us Love What Thou Dost Command
In the Extraordinary form, the Collect for the thirteenth Sunday of Pentecost says:
OMNÍPOTENS sempitérne Deus, da
nobis fídei, spei, et caritátis augméntum:
et, ut mereámur ássequi quod
promíttis, fac nos amáre quod præcipis.
Almighty and everlasting God, grant unto
us an increase of faith, hope and charity:
and that we may obtain what Thou dost
promise, make us love that which Thou
dost command. Through our Lord.
It is one thing to obey God, but can we LOVE what he commands? Do we love his law and do we love what the Church teaches?
The Psalmist says in Psalm 119:
How can a young person stay on the path of purity?
By living according to your word.
10 I seek you with all my heart;
do not let me stray from your commands.
11 I have hidden your word in my heart
that I might not sin against you.
12 Praise be to you, Lord;
teach me your decrees.
13 With my lips I recount
all the laws that come from your mouth.
14 I rejoice in following your statutes
as one rejoices in great riches.
15 I meditate on your precepts
and consider your ways.
16 I delight in your decrees;
I will not neglect your word.
Do we take extreme delight in following God’s law?
Let us remember this Collect every day and ask God to put the love of his law in our hearts, so that we may love his law with all our beings.