A Reading from the Book of Concord 1 year series July 10, 2011 - Third Sunday after Trinity
The following reading from the CONCORDIA edition of the Book of Concord is for the Alternate Gospel, Luke 15:11-32 for the Third Sunday after Trinity, July 10, 2011.
It is from Large Catechism, Article I.
We are all like the "Prodigal Son." We have been given everything we could ever need or want by our Father in heaven. We squander it every day and act as if we have been short changed like the elder son. Thanks be to God the Father He always invites and welcomes us home.
I believe in God the Father Almighty, maker of heaven and earth.
20 We could say much here, if we were to wander, about how few people believe this article. For we all pass over it, hear it, and say it. Yet we do not see or consider what the words teach us. 21 For if we believed this teaching with the heart, we would also act according to it [James 2:14]. We would not strut about proudly, act defiantly, and boast as though we had life, riches, power, honor, and such, of ourselves [James 4:13-16]. We would not act as though others must fear and serve us, as is the practice of the wretched, perverse world. The world is drowned in blindness and abuses all the good things and God's gifts only for its own pride, greed, lust, and luxury. It never once thinks about God, so as to thank Him or acknowledge Him as Lord and Creator. 22 This article ought to humble and terrify us all, if we believed it. For we sin daily [Hebrews 3:12-13] with eyes, ears, hands, body and soul, money and possessions, and with everything we have. This is especially true of those who fight against God's Word. Yet Christians have this advantage: they acknowledge that they are duty bound to serve God for all these things and to be obedient to Him. 23 We ought, therefore, daily to recite this article. We ought to impress it upon our mind and remember it by all that meets our eyes and by all good that falls to us. Wherever we escape from disaster or danger, we ought to remember that it is God who gives and does all these things. In these escapes we sense and see His fatherly heart and His surpassing love toward us [Exodus 34:6]. In this way the heart would be warmed and kindled to be thankful, and to use all such good things to honor and praise God. 24 We have most briefly presented the meaning of this article. This is how much is necessary at first for the most simple to learn about what we have, what we receive from God, and what we owe in return. This is a most excellent knowledge but a far greater treasure. For here we see how the Father has given Himself to us, together with all creatures, and has most richly provided for us in this life. We see that He has overwhelmed us with unspeakable, eternal treasures by His Son and the Holy Spirit, as we shall hear [Colossians 2:2].
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Lord grant you faith in His grace alone for your salvation unto eternal life. Amen