Saturday of the 17th Week after Trinity


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Higher Things Daily Reflections

Daily Lectionary: Deuteronomy 18:1-22; Matthew 14:22-36

Give peace, O Lord, to those who wait for you, and let your prophets be proven faithful. (From the Introit for Trinity 18)

In the Name + of Jesus. Amen. O Lord, let your prophets be proven faithful. Because without that, the whole psalm turns into something false. O Lord, when Your prophets are unfaithful, when they do not forgive those you call them to forgive, when they despise your gifts and withhold them, when they muddle your law into something they think their people can accomplish, it leaves Your peace far away. I dread going to the house of the Lord to be told lies in His Name. I dread going to hear my sins rebuked and told that mercy is not for me, but for those who have tried harder, done more. There is no security there, only whitewashed tombs and sinners pretending to be righteous.

O Lord, let your prophets be proven faithful. Let them speak the truth. All of your Law. All of your Gospel. Otherwise, we can find no peace. Otherwise, we might look for it elsewhere and grasp at it as it crumbles in our hands. Let your house be a place where that peace is given, that I would be glad to go there. Let me find Jesus there. Let me eat and drink His Body and Blood, shed for me for the forgiveness of my sins. Let me find hope. The good of the Lord that we seek is this: mercy given to sinners. Mercy given to me.

It matters what church you go to. While we wait for the Lord, we can wait under the death of the Law, or the promise of the Gospel that is already fulfilled. Go to the church that gives Jesus to sinners. Hear from faithful pastors that your sins, which merit death, have been forgiven, and that even as you wait, you do not do so alone. God is here for you. In Word. In promise. In Sacrament. The peace of the Lord, the blessing of Aaron, is found there. It’s for you. In the Name + of Jesus. Amen. -Rev. Harrison Goodman

The sower sows; his reckless love Scatters abroad the goodly seed, Intent alone that all may have The wholesome loaves that all men need. (Preach You the Word, LSB 586:3)

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