Sunday, September 1, 2013

Your Faith--Your Jesus

Martin Luther introduces our Gospel text for this Fourteenth Sunday after Trinity by saying: “So that those of you who were not in church today may worship our Lord God and not turn into totally irrational animals, let us listen to the Holy Gospel.”

That may seem an odd way to introduce such a wonderful Gospel text and subsequent sermon, but let’s think on it for just a bit. Pastor Luther’s reason for such a brutal introduction to our Holy Gospel for this Fourteenth Sunday after Trinity [is this]: He wants to point out the ultimate factor that differentiates us from the beasts of the earth, as presented by Luke in this account of Jesus’ healing of the ten lepers. 

Simply put, the difference between man and beast, between that which is rational and irrational, is our worship.

To hear and/or read the entire sermon preached for the Fourteenth Sunday after Trinity, "Your Faith-Your Jesus," click on this link.

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