Saturday of the Second Week of Lent

Daily Lectionary: Genesis 27:1-29; Mark 8:22-38

My eyes are ever toward the Lord, For He shall pluck my feet out of the net. Turn Yourself to me, and have mercy on me, For I am desolate and afflicted. (Psalm 25:15-16 from the Introit for Lent 3)

In the Name + of Jesus. Amen. Tomorrow is "Oculi" Sunday. "Oculi" means "eyes." Our eyes look to the Lord. It's only when we turn our eyes away from the Lord that bad things happen. Then we forget who made us, who provides for us, and who saves us. Such turning away from God leads us to desolation and affliction. So in the midst of his misery, the Psalmist says, "My eyes are on the Lord."

When we use that phrase, "I've got my eye on you," it means we're checking on someone. We're keeping watch with certain expectations. So it is with the Lord. We need Him to save us, forgive us, and help us.

Tomorrow in the Divine Service, your eyes will be on the Lord. Strangely, your eyes are on the Lord by having your ears on His Word. You will hear the reminder of your Baptism. You will hear the Absolution pronounced. Your ears will hear the Good News of Jesus' dying and rising for you. Your ears will hear the words that place the Body and Blood of Jesus into your mouth. In all these gifts, we are looking to the Lord to rescue us from our desolation and affliction.

In fact, in church is just where our eyes need to be. Even as we look around and see the crucifix or Cross, the stained glass windows, the altar, font, and pulpit, and the art that adorns the sanctuary, our eyes will be looking to the Lord. And as they do, our ears will hear His saving promises again and Jesus will do the work of rescuing us from all that afflicts us. In the Name + of Jesus. Amen.

My heart's delight, My crown most bright, O Christ, my joy forever. Not wealth nor pride Nor fortune's tide Our bonds of love shall sever. You are my Lord; Your precious Word Shall guide my way And help me stay Forever in Your presence. (Seek Where You May to Find a Way, LSB 557:4)

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