10th week after Trinity

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This week is the 10th week after Trinity, when God teaches us through Jesus’ weeping over Jerusalem that He has patient love for all people and wants us to use “the time of our visitation” to prepare for eternal life by repenting of our sins and taking refuge in the wounds of Jesus. His blood cleanses us from all our sin, as we receive faith through His Word and through His blessed Sacraments of Baptism and the Lord’s Supper.

This week we hear God say:

Cast your burden on the Lord,  And He shall sustain you.

(Psalm 55:22, NKJV, from the “Introit,” or entrance psalm, for this week)

Now as [Jesus] drew near, He saw the city and wept over it, saying, “If you had known, even you, especially in this your day, the things that make for your peace! But now they are hidden from your eyes. For days will come upon you when your enemies will build an embankment around you, surround you and close you in on every side, and level you, and your children within you, to the ground; and they will not leave in you one stone upon another, because you did not know the time of your visitation.” Then He went into the temple and began to drive out those who bought and sold in it, saying to them, “It is written, ‘My house is a house of prayer,’ but you have made it a ‘den of thieves.’ ” And He was teaching daily in the temple. But the chief priests, the scribes, and the leaders of the people sought to destroy Him, and were unable to do anything; for all the people were very attentive to hear Him. (The Holy Gospel for this week, St. Luke 19:41-48, NKJV)            

                                

This week we pray:

Almighty and everlasting God, by Your Holy Spirit You have revealed to us the Gospel of Your Son, Jesus Christ: We beseech You so to enliven our hearts that we may sincerely receive Your Word, and not make light of it, or hear it without fruit, but that we may fear You and daily grow in faith in Your mercy, and finally obtain eternal salvation; through Your Son, Jesus Christ, our Lord, who lives and reigns with You and the Holy Spirit, one true God, now and forever. Amen. (Evangelical Lutheran Hymnary, p. 160; written by Martin Luther’s friend, Veit Dietrich)

This week we sing:

I pray Thee, dear Lord Jesus,

My heart to keep and train

That I Thy holy temple

From youth to age remain.

Turn Thou my thoughts forever

From worldly wisdom’s lore;

If I but learn to know Thee,

I shall not want for more.              (ELH #178)