Color: Red; Intent: God as Peace
Thou all sustainer and all transforming One, who art both the Lord of Hosts and the Prince of Peace; give us, we pray, Thy peace which passeth understanding, subdue the raging storm of this world so that we may safely pass to the other shore of Thy glorious aeon of unending glory and tranquility. Amen.
The Lesson is taken from the Book of the Wisdom of Solomon:
The souls of the righteous are in the hand of God, and there shall no torment touch them. In the sight of the unwise they seemed to die, and their departure is taken for misery, and their going from us to be utter destruction; but they are in peace. For though they be punished in the sight of men, yet is their hope full of immortality. And having been a little chastised, they shall be greatly rewarded; for God proved them and found them worthy for Himself. As gold in the furnace hath he tried them, and received them as a burnt offering. They shall judge the nations, and have dominion over the people, and their Lord shall reign forever.
The Gospel is taken from the Gospel according to St. Thomas:
Jesus said: I tell my mysteries to those who are worthy of my mysteries. He said: There was a rich man who had much money, and who said: I will use my money that I may sow and reap and plant and fill my storehouses with fruit so that I lack nothing. This was what he thought in his heart. And that night he died. Whoever has ears, let him hear.
Homily for the Fifth Sunday after Trinity by Bishop Stephan A. Hoeller