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Archive for April, 2011

Luther on Easter Dawn – John 20:1-18

Thursday, April 21st, 2011

In the Gospel of John Christ tells Mary Magdalene of the benefit and use of his death and resurrection still more plainly, when he says: “But go unto my brethren, and say to them, I ascend unto my Father and your Father, and my God and your God.” Jn. 20:17. This is one of the […]

Luther on Easter Day – Mark 16:1-8

Thursday, April 21st, 2011

Now, reason feels that death is still at our elbow and is continually troubling us. He who follows his feelings will perish, but he who clings to the Word with his heart will be delivered. Now, if the heart clings to the Word, reason will also follow; but if reason follows, everything will follow, desire […]

Luther on Discriminate Use of The Lord’s Supper

Thursday, April 21st, 2011

[Christ] delivered his sermons to the multitude for everybody as the apostles later did, so that every person heard them, believers and unbelievers; whoever caught it, caught it. We must do the same. But we are not to cast the Sacrament among the people in a crowd, as the pope has done. When I preach […]

Luther on Preaching the Passion

Thursday, April 21st, 2011

We do not preach about the passion in order for people to become ingrates; but rather that they recognize our heavenly Father’s great love for mankind and his Son, our Lord Jesus Christ, through whom we again gain the Father’s and the Son’s favor. For he who believes with his whole heart that Christ suffered […]

Sermon for Palmarum (Lent VI)

Monday, April 18th, 2011

Today’s Gospel is the only Gospel lesson appointed for two Sundays in the church year. It is the portal of the church year (Advent I), where we welcome Jesus with shouts of “Hosanna” and “Blessed is he.” And it is also the Gospel lesson for this, the first day of Holy Week, when we anticipate the shouts of “Crucify Him! Crucify Him!” A very important lesson on who Jesus is and what Jesus does as we begin the most holy and solemn week of the church’s year of grace.