From our Old Testament reading for today, from Deuteronomy: ‘The Lord has declared this day concerning you that you are a people for his own possession, as he has promised you, and that you are to keep all his commandments, that he will set you high above all nations that he has made, in praise and in fame and in honour, and that you shall be a people holy to the Lord your God, as he has spoken’.

St Clement of Alexandria commented; ‘“You have chosen God today to be your God, and the Lord has chosen you today to be his people”. God makes his own the person who is eager to serve truth and reality and comes as a suppliant’.

Holiness and truth are bound up together. May we be unafraid to declare and serve truth in our actions and in our words; may God bring you to holiness, and bless you this day.