Twelfth Sunday after Trinity (1883)
"Then shall the eyes of the blind be opened, and the ears of the deaf be opened."
Thisprophecy is fulfilled. By the power of His Word, which has worked such a great miracle on thedeaf-mute, the Lord Jesus has mightily proved Himself as the Son of God Who in the fullness of time has taken on human nature etc., as was promised. The main content of our Gospel is "TheMessiah is already here, and salvation is near to all." How well have those friends of the deaf-mute done, that they turned to the Lord Jesus with their
! They went to the rightdoctor of body and soul and have obtained what they desired for unfortunate men, to whomthey looked after in love.
In addition to the chief teaching cited we are able to draw from ourGospel another teaching: we should
pray for one another
On Christian Intercession;
for whom it can be done
? Only by those whoa. have rightly learned to pray,
. who recognize Christ as the helping God and Savior
. and therefore in faith take refuge in the only true God;b. take the spiritual and physical distress of the neighbor to heart in true love as onewho rightly prays;2.
for whom it is to be done
?a. in general - for all mankind, not excluding enemies;b. in particular -
. for the church,
. for members,
. for all who are in distress andtribulation
why should it be done
?a. because it is God's good and gracious will.
We should thereby prove our faith and ourlove;b. because God attaches to it a wonderful blessing according to His promise:
. Christianintercession has a great power (
. and served the faithful worshipersthemselves for great blessing.
Confirmation of the prophecy in Isaiah 35:5 and fulfilling of the
Mark 7:32. Cf. Matthew 9:31.
Cf. The Litany, the Prayer of the Church.
1 Timothy 2:1-3.
Mark 7:33-35; James 5:16. Cf. Genesis 18:23ff; Romans 15:30; 2 Corinthians 1:10-11; Philippians 1:19 (Monica;Luther. Convention Proceedings of the Central District, Volume 17, page 41).