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What About the “Wedding Garment”? (Trinity 20 – Matthew 9:1-8)

Wednesday, October 17th, 2012

Three from Luther: The wedding garment is Christ himself, which is put on by faith, as the Apostle says in Rom. 13:14: “Put ye on the Lord Jesus Christ.” Then the garment gives forth a luster of itself, that is, faith in Christ bears fruit of itself, namely, love which works through faith in Christ. […]

What About the Wedding Garment? – Matthew 22:12

Thursday, November 3rd, 2011

One of the tricky parts of the Gospel for Trinity 20 is the wedding garment. It’s easy to preach “many are called” in the first half of our blessed Lord’s parable. How do you preach “few are chosen” without sounding like a Calvinist? Take some hints from Blessed Martin Luther’s Church Postils for Trinity 20: […]

Luther on Luke 14:24 – Trinity 2

Wednesday, June 29th, 2011

[God] declares in simple, humble, short but very earnest words: “They shall not taste of my supper.” As though he would say: Very well, my supper, too, is something, and what does it profit if it be better than their oxen, lands, homes and wives, when they now despise it, and regard their lands, oxen […]

Blessed Martin Luther on Lent 4 – John 6:1-15

Tuesday, March 29th, 2011

From his Church Postil In today’s Gospel Christ gives us another lesson in faith, that we should not be overanxious about our daily bread and our temporal existence, and stirs us up by means of a miracle; as though to say by his act what he says by his words in Matthew 6:33: “Seek ye […]

Blessed Martin Luther on Lent 2 – Matthew 15:21-18

Wednesday, March 16th, 2011

These from his Church Postils: This Gospel presents to us a true example of firm and perfect faith. For this woman endures and overcomes in three great and hard battles, and teaches us in a beautiful manner the true way and virtue of faith, namely, that it is a hearty trust in the grace and […]