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10 Lent 2nd Sunday-Luke

10 Lent 2nd Sunday-Luke

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PRAYER FROM LUTHER’S PRAYERS

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Dear God, the woman of Canaan was a heathen and was not among the chosen. As she did not let this hinder her from praying, I too will pray. I need help (and must have this and that). Where else could I look and find it but with you through your Son, my Redeemer, Jesus Christ. Amen

SECOND SUNDAY IN LENT

From Luther’s Small Catechism:
The Seventh Petition And deliver us from evil. What does this mean? We ask in this inclusive prayer that our heavenly Father would save us from every evil to body and soul, and at our last hour would mercifully take from us the troubles of this world to himself in heaven.

Heavenly Father, it is your glory always to have mercy. Bring back all who have erred and strayed from your ways; lead them again to embrace in faith the truth of your Word and to hold it fast; through Jesus Christ your Son our Lord, who lives and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit, one God, now and forever.

Gospel: Luke 13:31-35
At that very hour some Pharisees came and said to (Jesus), “Get away from here, for Herod wants to kill you.” 32 He said to them, “Go and tell that fox for me, ‘Listen, I am casting out demons and performing cures today and tomorrow, and on the third day I finish my work. 33 Yet today, tomorrow, and the next day I must be on my way, because it is impossible for a prophet to be killed outside of Jerusalem.’ 34 Jerusalem, Jerusalem, the city that kills the prophets and stones those who are sent to it! How often have I desired to gather you children together as a hen gathers her brood under her wings, and you are not willing! 35 See, your house is left to you. And I tell you, you will not see me until the time comes when you say, ‘Blessed is the one who comes in the name of the Lord.’”

WHAT DOES THIS MEAN ?
Our conversation is in heaven, from whence also we look for our Savior, the Lord Jesus Christ. Philippians iii. 20. We who were baptized into Christ and believe in Him, he says, have not based our existence and comfort on the righteousness of this temporal and worldly life on earth. We have a righteousness which cleaves, through faith, to Christ in heaven, and stands and abides in Him alone (for otherwise it would be nothing before God), and only aims to be eternally in Him, that He through His Coming may make an end of this earthly life, and of this earthly body, and give us another life, which shall be new, pure, and holy, and like the life and body of Christ. Therefore we are no longer called citizens on earth, but whoever is baptized Christian is, through Baptism, a proper citizen of heaven. Therefore we should walk and bear ourselves as those who belong there and have their home there, and we should comfort ourselves in the knowledge that God has accepted us and will bring us to heaven. In the meantime we wait for the Savior who will bring down to us from heaven eternal righteousness, life, honor, and glory.
Sermon on the twenty-third Sunday After Trinity, 1544. W.A. 22. 371.

Second Reading: Philippians 3:17- 4:1
Brothers and sister, join in imitating me, and observe those who live according to the example you have in us. 18 For many live as enemies of the cross of Christ; I have often told you of them, and now I tell you even with tears. 19 Their end is destruction, their god is the belly; and their glory is in their shame; their minds are set on earthly things. 20 But our citizenship is in heaven, and it is from there that we are expecting a Savior, the Lord Jesus Christ. 21 He will transform the body of our humiliation that it may be conformed to the body of his glory, by the power that also enables him to make all things subject to himself. 4:1 Therefore, my brothers and sisters, whom I love and long for, my joy and crown, stand in the Lord in this way, my beloved.

Taken from the book: Day by Day We Magnify Thee Page 397 by Martin Luther

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