November 19, 2008 - Wednesday in the 2nd Last Week

Daily Lectionary: Jeremiah 38:1-28; Matthew 27:57-66

To Widows: The widow who is really in need and left all alone puts her hope in God and continues night and day to pray and to ask God for help. But the widow who lives for pleasure is dead even while she lives. (1 Timothy 5:5-6) Table of Duties, SC

The Lord watches out for all of His children day and night. He cares for you in your body and soul and for your neighbor, who has been put on this earth for your good. Your neighbor is there to care for you –that’s his vocation as “neighbor” in the Lord. This is how our Lord takes care of our bodily needs here on earth. He cares for our souls in His gifts of grace, bestowed from the font of Holy Baptism, the office of Pastor in Holy Absolution and the Altar at the Lord’s Supper.

Widows hold a special office in the Church. While you are set aside to care for them in their bodily needs, they are set aside to pray for you. That’s what widows do - they have the special job of praying night and day and to ask God for help. They pray for all the saints on earth, even as those saints, as Christ’s body, care for them.

When you see those in your church who have lost their husbands, remember that they pray for you and you care for them. Maybe take some time to get to know them. This is your gift as neighbor to them and likewise their gift as neighbor to you. The Lord cares for you in their prayers and for them in your good works. The Lord works all things out for their good, even their “widow-ness” and He, too, works out all things for your good, even in your neighbor-ness.

Rejoice, that in Holy Baptism Jesus had made all of us who had no spiritual husband, as a widow has no husband, into His Bride, the Church, so that He is our eternal bridegroom. He is our eternal bridegroom because He has clothed us in righteousness and dines with us at The Wedding Feast of the Lamb. There in the Lord’s Supper you are married to Christ, joined to His flesh and becoming one with Him. There in His marriage the bridegroom takes care of His bride.

The Lord takes care of His people, trusting and promising to keep them safe in body and soul unto life everlasting.

In the name of Jesus. Amen.

Christ be my Savior in calm as in strife; Death cannot hold me, for He is the life. Nor darkness nor doubting nor sin and its stain Can touch my salvation; with Jesus I reign. (LSB 861.3)