Gospel: Luke 5:1- 11

Once while Jesus was standing beside the lake of Gennesaret, and the crowd was pressing in on him to hear the word of God , 2 he saw two boats there at the shore of the lake; the fisherman had gone out of them and were washing their nets. 3 He got into one of the boats, the one belonging to Simon, and asked him to put out a little way from the shore. Then he sat down and taught the crowds from the boat. 4 When he had finished speaking, he said to Simon, “Put out into the deep water and let down your nets for a catch.” 5 Simon answered, “Master, we have worked all night long but have caught nothing. Yet if you say so, I will let down the nets.” 6 When they had done this, they caught so many fish that their nets were beginning to break. 7 So they signaled their partners in the other boat to come and help them. And they came and filled both boats, so that they began to sink. 8 But when Simon Peter saw it, he fell down at Jesus’ knees, saying, “Go away from me, Lord, for I am a sinful man!” 9 For he and all who were with him were amazed at the catch of fish that they had taken; 10 and so also were James and John, sons of Zebedee, who were partners with Simon. Then Jesus said to Simon, “Do not be afraid; from now on you will be catching people.” 11 When they had brought their boats to shore, they left everything and followed him.

But the haughty He knows from afar. 7 Though I walk in the midst of trouble, You will revive me; You will stretch forth Your hand against The wrath of my enemies, And Your right hand will save me. 8 The Lord will accomplish what concerns me; Your loving kindness, O Lord is everlasting; Do not forsake the works of Your hands.

WHAT DOES THIS MEAN ?
Though the Lord be high, yet hath he respect unto the lowly. Psalm cxxxviii.6.

Psalm 138
I will give You thanks with all my heart; I will sing praises to You before the gods. 2 I will bow down toward Your holy temple And give thanks to Your name for Your lovingkindness And Your truth; For You have magnified Your word according to all Your name. 3 On the day I called, You answered me; You made me bold with strength in my soul 4 All the kings of the earth will thanks to You, O Lord, When they have heard the words of Your mouth. 5 And they will sing of the ways of the Lord, For great is the glory of the Lord. 6 For though the Lord is exalted, Yet He regards the lowly,
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Behold the picture painted here of God, who makes known to us His true nature in that it shows Him as looking downward. Upward He cannot look, for there is naught above Him; beside Him He cannot look, for there is naught like unto him. Therefore He can only look downward, beneath Himself. Wherefore, the simpler and the lowlier thou art, the brighter do God’s eyes see thee. In short, the verse teaches us rightly to understand God’s nature in that it shows Him as looking down upon the lowly and despised, and he knows God aright who knows that He looks upon the lowly. From such knowledge springs forth love of God and faith in Him, so that we willingly abandon ourselves to Him and follow Him. The truly humble never think of the results of their humility, but with a simple heart they look at what is lowly, live gladly with it, and are never aware of their own humility. But the hypocrites wonder what their honor lingers so long on the way; and their hidden and deceitful pride is not content with humble ways, but secretly they think higher and higher of themselves. Therefore a truly humble soul never knows of her own humility, for if she knew, she would be proud because she is aware of that

noble virtue within her. But with her heart and mind and all of her senses she cleaves to the lowly things, for she has them unceasingly before her eyes. They are the images which dwell with her, and while she keeps her eyes on them, she cannot keep them on herself or be aware of herself.
Sermons from the year 1523 W.A. 12. 612.

FIFTH SUNDAY AFTER EPIPHANY

Taken from the book: Day by Day We Magnify Thee Page 19 by Martin Luther

PRAYER FROM LUTHER’S PRAYERS:
O Father of all mercy, you have begun your work in us. Continue to fill us with all dimensions of wisdom and knowledge. May we be fully certain in our hearts and fully aware how the Spirit, who has raised up our Lord, who enlivens the faith within us with the same power and strength. Through him we have also risen from the dead by his mighty power, which works in us through your holy Word. Help us to grow in the knowledge of your dear Son, our Lord, Jesus Christ, and to remain firm in confessing his blessed Word. Give us the love to be agreed in mind and to serve one another in Christ. May we not be afraid of that which is disagreeable, nor of the rage of the flame-hurler whose weapon is almost extinguished. Dear Father, guard us so that his craftiness may not take the place of our pure faith. Grant that our cross and sufferings may direct us to a blessed and sure hope of the coming of our Savior Jesus Christ, for whom we wait each day. Amen. Almighty God, you sent your only Son as the Word of life for our eyes to see and our ears to hear. Help us to believe with joy what the Scriptures proclaim, through Jesus Christ our Lord.

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