A Reading from the Book of Concord 1 year series October 2, 2011 - 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, October 2, 2011.
It is from Small & Large Catechism, Part III. The Lord's Prayer.
That you are here today and able to read this offering is evidence that God provides you with bread for your daily life. As long as you have life and breath you have daily bread--otherwise you would not have life and breath. Therefore, be not dismayed in lack, or want, or fear of death. But give thanks and rejoice in what you are given this day for life.
SMALL CATECHISM EXPLANATION What does this mean? God gives daily bread, even without our prayer, to all wicked people; but we pray in this petition that He would lead us to realize this and to receive our daily bread with thanksgiving. What is meant by daily bread? Everything that belongs to the support and needs of the body, such as food, drink, clothing, shoes, house, home, field, cattle, money, goods, a pious spouse, pious children, pious servants, pious and faithful rulers, good government, good weather, peace, health, discipline, honor, good friends, faithful neighbors, and the like. LARGE CATECHISM EXPLANATION 79 It is well to impress all this upon the common people [Deuteronomy 6:7]: these things come from God and must be prayed for by us. 80 But this petition is especially directed also against our chief enemy, the devil. For all his thought and desire is to deprive us of all that we have from God or to hinder it. He is not satisfied to obstruct and destroy spiritual government by leading souls astray with his lies and bringing them under his power. He also prevents and hinders the stability of all government and honorable, peaceable relations on earth. There he causes so much contention, murder, treason, and war. He also causes lightning and hail to destroy grain and cattle, to poison the air, and so on. 81 In short, he is sorry if anyone has a morsel of bread from God and eats it in peace. If it were in his power and our prayer (next to God) did not prevent him, we would not keep a straw in the field, a farthing in the house, yes, not even our life for an hour. This is especially true of those who have God's Word and would like to be Christians. 82 You see, in this way, God wishes to show us how He cares for us in all our need and faithfully provides also for our earthly support.
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Lord grant you faith in His grace alone for your salvation unto eternal life. Amen