FROM LUTHER¶S PRAYERS

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O Father, grant us also that we may be your heavenly children. Teach us to be mindful only of our souls and our heavenly heritage, so that our earthly country and inheritance may not deceive, nor limit, nor hinder us. Neither make us mere children of this world, so we may in reality call you our heavenly Father and may truly be your heavenly children. Amen.

THIRD SUNDAY AFTER PENTECOST

FROM LUTHER¶S SMALL CATECHISM:
The Lord¶s Prayer: Introduction
Our Father in heaven. What is this? With these words God wants to attract us, so that we believe he is truly our Father and we are truly his children, in order that we may ask him boldly and with complete confidence, just as loving children ask their loving father.

O God, the strength of those who hope in you. Be present and hear our prayers; and, because in weakness of our moral nature we can do nothing good without you, give us the help of your grace, so that in keeping your commandments we may please you in will and deed, through your Son, Jesus Christ our Lord,

GOSPEL: Luke 7:36- 8:3
One of the Pharisees asked Jesus to eat with him, and he went into the Pharisee¶s house and took his place at the table. 37 And a woman in the city, who was a sinner, having learned that he was eating at the Pharisee¶s house, brought an alabaster jar of ointment. 38 She stood behind him at his feet, weeping and began to bathe his feet with her tears and to dry them with her hair. Then she continued kissing his feet and anointing them with the ointment, 39 Now when the Pharisee who had invited him saw it, he said to himself, ³If this man were a prophet, he would have known what kind of woman this is who is touching him²that she is a sinner.´ 40 Jesus stood up and spoke to him, ³Simon, I have something to say to you.´ ³Teacher,´ he replied, ³Speak.´ 41 ³A certain creditor had two debtors; one owned five hundred denarii, and the other fifty. 42 When they could not pay, he canceled the debts for both of them. Now which of them will love him more?´ 43 Simon answered, ³I suppose the one for whom he canceled the greater debt.´ And Jesus said to him, ³You have judged rightly.´ 44 Then turning toward the woman, he said to Simon, ³Do you see this woman? I entered your house; you gave me no water for my feet, but she bathed my feet with her tears and dried them with her hair. 45 You gave me no kiss, but from the time I came in she has not stopped kissing my feet. 46 You did not anoint my head with oil, but she has anointed my feet with ointment. 47 Therefore, I tell you, her sins, which were many, have been forgiven; hence she has shown great love. But the one to whom little is forgiven, loves little.³ 48 Then he said to her, ³Your sins are forgiven.´ 49 But those who were at the table with him began to say among themselves, ³Who is this who even forgives sins?´ 50 And he said to the woman, ³Your faith has saved you; go in peace.´ 8:1 Soon afterwards he went on through cities and villages, proclaiming and bringing the good news of the kingdom of God. The twelve were with him, 2 as well as some women who had been cured of evil spirits and infirmities: Mary, called Magdalene, from whom seven demons had gone out, 3 and Joanna, the wife of Herod¶s steward Chuza, and Susanna, and many others, who provided for them out of their resources.

WHAT DOES THIS MEAN?
Give no offense in anything, that the ministry be not blamed.
2 Corinthians vi. 3.

A Christian should be careful to give no offence to any man so that the Name of God shall not be blasphemed. It is a great thing to be a Christian²that is a new man created after God, and a true image of God in whom God Himself is clearly seen. Therefore, whatever a Christian does, be it good or evil (under the name of a Christian), will be counted to the honor or dishonor of the Name of God. Therefore, if you follow your lusts and obey the old Adam within you, you do nothing but give occasion to the blasphemer and cause the Name of God to be blasphemed because of you. In this respect a Christian should take the greatest care, even if he cares for nothing else, to protect and honor the Name of his dear God and Savior Jesus Christ.
Sermon on the nineteenth Sunday after Trinity, 1544. W.A. 22. 321.

Taken from the book: Day by Day We Magnify Thee by Martin Luther Page 21

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