Daily Readings November 14 - 20, 2010November 14 Jer 29:1–19; Matt 26:36–56; Rev 14:1–20
November 15 Jer 30:1–24; Matt 26:57–75; Rev 15:1–8
November 16 Jer 31:1–17, 23–34; Matt 27:1–10; Rev 16:1–21
November 17 Jer 33:1–22; Matt 27:11–32; Jer 34:1—36:32; 45:1—51:64
November 18 Jer 37:1–21; Matt 27:33–56; Rev 17:1–18
November 19 Jer 38:1–28; Matt 27:57–66; Jer 39:1—44:30
November 20 Dan 1:1–21; Matt 28:1–20
Looking Forward to Next Sunday THE DAY OF FULFILLMENT
“The day of the Lord so comes as a thief in the night” (1 Thess 5:1–11). The arrival of the bridegroom will be sudden and unexpected. Therefore you are to be watchful and ready like the five wise virgins. “For you know neither the day nor the hour in which the Son of Man is coming” (Matt 25:1–13). The lamps are the Word of Christ. The oil in the lamps is the Holy Spirit, who works through the Word to create and sustain the flame of faith in Christ. The foolish are those who do not give proper attention to the working of the Holy Spirit in baptism, preaching, and the supper, and so their faith does not endure. The wise, however, are those who diligently attend to these gifts of the Spirit, and who therefore have an abundance of oil. The flame of faith endures to the end. By God’s grace they are received into the eternal wedding feast of the Lamb in His kingdom, the new heavens and the new earth created by the Lord for the joy of His people (Is 65:17–25).
Collect: Absolve, we implore You, O Lord, Your people from their offenses, that from the bonds of our sins which by reason of our frailty we have brought upon us we may be delivered by Your bountiful goodness; through Jesus Christ, Your Son, our Lord, who lives and reigns with You and the Holy Spirit, ever one God, world without end. Amen.
Old Testament: Isaiah 65:17–25
Epistle: 1 Thessalonians 5:1–11
Holy Gospel: Matthew 25:1–13