A Reading from the Book of Concord 1 year series October 13, 2013 - Twentieth Sunday after Trinity
The following reading from the CONCORDIA edition of the Book of Concord is for the Gospel, Matthew 22:1-14 for the Twentieth Sunday after Trinity, October 13, 2013.
It is from Augsburg Confession, XXIV.1, 6-9, 33-37.
Jesus' parable of the Wedding Feast illustrates that the kingdom of heaven is open only by the invitation of God the Father, for the sake of His Son, the Bridegroom, and those rightly clothed in faith by the gifts of the Holy Spirit. That this truth might be communicated to God's dearly beloved today, the Lord's Supper, as a foretaste of the Feast to come and the opening of heaven on earth to His Church, the pastor stands as steward of the Feast to admit only those who have been so taught to believe and confess the one true Faith that clothes them in the righteousness of Christ.
The Mass [i.e. Divine Service] is held among us and celebrated with highest reverence. . . . No one is admitted to the Sacrament without first being examined. The people are also advised about the dignity and use of the Sacrament, about how it brings great consolation to anxious consciences, so that they too may learn to believe God and to expect and ask from Him all that is good. This worship pleases God (Colossians 1:9-10). Such use of the Sacrament nourishes true devotion toward God. . . . . . . Therefore, the Mass is to be used for administering the Sacrament to those that need consolation. Ambrose says, "because I always sin, I always need to take the medicine." Because the Mass is for the purpose of giving the Sacrament, we have Communion every holy day, and if anyone desires the Sacrament, we also offer it on other days, when it is given to all who ask for it. This custom is not new in the Church. . . . Chrysostom says, "that the priest stands daily at the altar, inviting some to the Communion and keeping others back." . . . Therefore, since the Mass among us follows the example of the Church, taken from the Scripture and Fathers, we are confident that it cannot be disapproved.
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Lord grant you faith in His grace alone for your salvation unto eternal life. Amen