Reflections: October 3, 2020
Saturday of the 16th Week after Trinity
by Mark Buetow
Deal with Your servant according to Your mercy, And teach me Your statutes. (From the Introit for the 17th Sunday after Trinity)
In the Name + of Jesus. Amen. Christians desire that the Lord deal with us according to His mercy. That is, we acknowledge our sinfulness and know there is no hope of forgiveness apart from Jesus and what He has done for us. So we pray for the Lord's mercy in Jesus and we hear the Good News that for Jesus' sake we are forgiven.
Having heard God's mercy, as a new creation in Christ, we also desire to learn the Lord's statutes, His laws, His commandments. We desire to keep and follow them not to impress God, but for the good of our neighbor. We want them to see Christ's light shining through us and we want our words and actions to be helpful and loving and good for others.
This is why we go to church: to hear of God's mercy in Jesus, that our sins are forgiven, and to learn to love others as ourselves, and even more than ourselves. Whether it's the simplified Bible stories of early Sunday School or the deep dive into the Scriptures in Bible Study, whether it's the simple refrains of Scripture in the liturgy or a deep and meaningful hymn, whether it's the praise upon our lips or the gifts of Jesus delivered in water, Word, bread and wine--this is how the Holy Spirit teaches us to love the Lord with all our heart, soul, and strength, and to love our neighbors as ourselves.
Show us your mercy, Lord. He does: It's Jesus! And teach us your statutes: He does as He loves others through your words and works. That's Christ living in you! In the Name + of Jesus. Amen.
We give thanks to You, almighty God, that you have refreshed us through the salutary gift of your Supper, and we implore You that of your mercy you would strengthen us through the same in faith toward You and fervent love toward one another; through Jesus Christ, You Son, our Lord, Who lives and reigns with You and the Holy Spirit, one God, now and forever. Amen. (Adapted from the Post-Communion Collect, LSB)
-Rev. Mark Buetow is the pastor of Zion Evangelical Lutheran Church and School in McHenry, Illinois.
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