Wednesday, May 30, 2012

Daily Readings May 27 - June 2, 2012

Daily Lectionary
May 27                                            Numbers 21:10-35; Luke 21:20-38
May 28                                                Numbers 22:1-20; Luke 22:1-23
May 29                                         Numbers 22:21-23:3; Luke 22:24-46
May 30                                              Numbers 23:4-28; Luke 22:47-71
May 31                                                Numbers 24:1-25; Luke 23:1-25
June 1                                              Numbers 27:12-23; Luke 23:26-56
June 2                                             Looking Ahead to Trinity Sunday
                          Isaiah 6:1–7; Romans 11:33–36; John 3:1–15 (16–17)

Next Weeks Lessons: THE FEAST OF the holy trinity
When Isaiah beheld the glory of the Lord, he cried out “Woe is me!” For the sinner cannot stand in the presence of a holy God and live (Isaiah 6:1–7). But God the Father lifted up His Son Jesus for us on the cross, that whoever believes in Him should not perish but have eternal life (John 3:1–15). This eternal life of Christ is given us according to the Holy Spirit’s good pleasure in Baptism. “Unless one is born (again) of water and the Spirit, he cannot enter the kingdom of God.” To sinners in fear of death, the messengers of God place on our lips the living body and blood of Christ and speak His words of absolution, “Your iniquity is taken away, and your sin purged.” Having received forgiveness and life from the Father through the Son by the Holy Spirit, we join with the angels in praising the blessed Trinity, “Holy, holy, holy is the Lord of hosts!” “For of Him and through Him and to Him are all things, to whom be glory forever. Amen” (Romans 11:33–36).

Collect: Almighty and everlasting God, who has given to us, Your servants, grace, by the confession of a truth faith, to acknowledge the glory of the eternal Trinity and in the power of the Divine Majesty to worship the Unity, we implore You that You would keep us steadfast in this faith and evermore defend us from all adversities; who lives and reigns, Father, Son, and Holy Spirit, one God, now and forever.

Old Testament: Isaiah 6:1–7
Epistle: Romans 11:33–36
Holy Gospel: John 3:1–15 (16–17)

Happy Birthday This Week:  Dorothy Schroll, Kirk Howarth
Happy Anniversary:  None

Jesus words in today’s Gospel come at the conclusion of “the Feast of Tabernacles” or “the feast of Booths” which commemorated the long period of time in which the children of Israel lived in tents in their wilderness wandering. This feast came at the end of the harvest and celebrated the ingathering of grain and the fellowship they shared together in the faith. During their wilderness wandering the Lord gave them to drink from the Rock that followed them. St. Paul says, “that Rock was Christ” (1 Corinthians 10:4). At the conclusion of this great feast, Jesus declares, “If anyone thirsts, let him come to Me and drink. He who believes in Me, as the Scripture has said, out of his heart will flow rivers of living water.” John tells us that when Jesus spoke these words, He was speaking about the gift of the Holy Spirit who would be poured out on the day of Pentecost and in the age to follow wherever His Gospel was preached. “To come to Jesus” involves chiefly the hearing of His Word through which the Spirit is given and by which we are restored from the ravages of sin and made alive.

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