Saturday of Lent 3, March 10, 2018 Hosea 6:1-6
How does one define “love’? The catechism speaks of such love when it introduces the meaning to each of the commandments, “we should fear and love God so that…” God had commanded sacrifices, yet they were pleasing to Him only if they came from the heart.
Jesus quotes this passage in order to condemn the Pharisees insincerity. The Lord was seeking faith, obedience, and righteousness. We find these whenever and wherever the Gospel is communicated and believed. The Gospel brings us Jesus. In this season of Lent may we seek Jesus. May we seek Jesus, His love, His comfort, His grace, His forgiveness.
Hymn: Jesus, in Your Dying Woes (Lutheran Service Book 447:5)
May we in our grief and shame
Still Your love and mercy claim,
Calling humbly on Your name:
Hear is, holy Jesus.
O God, You know us to be set in the midst of so many and great dangers, that by reason of the frailty of our nature we cannot always stand upright: Grant us such strength and protection as may support us in all dangers, and carry us through all temptations; through Jesus Christ our Lord, who lives and reigns with You and the Holy Spirit, one God, forever and ever. Amen. 1
1. Collect for Saturday of Lent 3, http://www.liturgies.net/Lent/LentenCollects.htm