Monday, February 15, 2016

Monday, February 15, 2016

Monday, February 15, 2016     Our Father who art in heaven         

To those who sold doves he said, “Get these out of here! How dare you turn my Father’s house into a market! John 2:16  

For the sacrifices prescribed by the Levitical code, performed during Passover. In the outer court of the Gentiles, merchants sold animals to the travelers because it was impractical for travelers to transport animals. Luther dubbed this “crass commercialism” (See American Edition 22:220) The moneychangers, Travelers had to have their money exchanged into the local currency for the temple tax, which required Jewish coins (shekels) without human images. The on-site bankers charged and exorbitant exchange fee.[1]

In our world, we stand against many forces one of which is a culture, which night and day seduces us to define who we are by what we spend. A higher calling and a different standard call you. Your identity is now found in Him who called God Father and welcomes you to do the same.[2]

Almighty and everlasting God, mercifully increase in us your gifts of holy discipline, in almsgiving, prayer and fasting; that our lives may be directed to the fulfilling of your most gracious will; through Jesus Christ our Lord, who lives and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit, one God, for ever and ever. Amen.[3]

[1] The Lutheran Study Bible, © 2009 Concordia Publishing House St. Louis, MO Pg.1781
[2] Notes on the Lord’s Prayer
[3] Collect for Monday of Lent 1,

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