A Reading from the Book of Concord 1 year series September 8, 2013 - Fifteenth Sunday after Trinity
The following reading from the CONCORDIA edition of the Book of Concord is for the Gospel, Matthew 6:24-34 for the Fifteenth Sunday after Trinity, September 8, 2013.
It is from Large Catechism, Apostles Creed, Article I.13-19.
Since we have a loving Father who, having created us, "knows our needs and well provides them," what is there to worry? Jesus, who is one with the Father, is with us always even to the end of the age. Therefore, is not the Father always with us to provide our every need?
13 But what is the force of this, or what do you mean by these words, "I believe in God the Father Almighty, maker of heaven and earth?" Answer: "This is what I mean and believe, that I am God's creature [2 Corinthians 5:17]. I mean that He has given and constantly preserves [Psalm 36:6] for me my body, soul, and life, my members great and small, all my senses, reason, and understanding, and so on. He gives me food and drink, clothing and support, wife and children, domestic servants, house and home, and more. 14 Besides, He causes all created things to serve for the uses and necessities of life. These include the sun, moon, and stars in the heavens, day and night, air, fire, water, earth, and whatever it bears and produces. They include birds and fish, beasts, grain, and all kinds of produce [Psalm 104]. 15 They also include whatever else there is for bodily and temporal goods, like good government, peace, and security." 16 So we learn from this article that none of us owns for himself, nor can preserve, his life nor anything that is here listed or can be listed. This is true no matter how small and unimportant a thing it might be. For all is included in the word Creator. 17 Further, we also confess that God the Father has not only given us all that we have and see before our eyes, but He daily preserves and defends us against all evil and misfortune [Psalm 5:11]. He directs all sorts of danger and disaster away from us. We confess that He does all this out of pure love and goodness, without our merit, as a kind Father. He cares for us so that no evil falls upon us. . . . 19 Now, all that we have, and whatever else is in heaven and upon the earth, is daily given, preserved, and kept for us by God. Therefore, it is clearly suggested and concluded that it is our duty to love, praise, and thank Him for these things without ceasing [1 Thessalonians 5:17-18]. In short, we should serve Him with all these things, as He demands and has taught in the Ten Commandments.
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Lord grant you faith in His grace alone for your salvation unto eternal life. Amen