Saturday of the 16th Week after Trinity

Daily Lectionary: Deuteronomy 6:10-25; Matthew 9:18-38

Deal with Your servant according to Your mercy, And teach me Your statutes. (Psalm 119:124 from the Introit for Trinity 17)

In the Name + of Jesus. Amen. There are two things you can expect at church tomorrow: the mercy of God put upon you and the statutes of God taught to you. That new, inner man rejoices in the Divine Service tomorrow because God's mercy is delivered. God's mercy is the Good News of Jesus Christ crucified and risen for sinners. God's mercy is the preaching and proclamation that for Jesus' sake, the old Adam doesn't win, can't condemn you, and is being daily drowned by your Baptism. The mercy of God delivered to you is the promise that, for Jesus' sake, your sins don't count against you and you have eternal life. You'll hear all that tomorrow in the Divine Service.

But the new, inner man will also learn the statutes, the laws, and commands of God, namely these: to love God with all your heart and to love your neighbor as yourself. The mercy of God is delivered to you in order that Christ may dwell in you and through you love others. The gifts Christ freely gives in His Church are given to you so that through them you will be a blessing and help to those around you.

This is why we need the gifts of church each week. In them, the Lord puts to death the selfish old Adam and renews and strengthens that new man in Christ. By the Law, the Lord crushes and kills old Adam. By the Gospel, He gives you forgiveness and new life. And in that faith, which receives and lives in His forgiveness, you then love others and live in your daily callings to serve and help them.

Tomorrow, the Lord deals with you according to His mercy. And that means dealing with you according to Jesus. And that means only ever good gifts and blessings. In the Name + of Jesus. Amen.


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