Sunday, March 17, 2019

Second Sunday in Lent

Second Sunday in Lent – March 17, 2019 –Psalm 51:2-6
Wash me thoroughly from my iniquity, and cleanse me from my sin! – Psalm 51:2

David not only explains sin and its deadly consequences as powerfully present in all people, but he also unfolds God’s re-creative mercy as He works repentance and forgiveness.[1]. By definition mercy is how God in Christ has dealt with us, according to His deep compassion and pity. To show mercy is to feel sympathy for someone. The Greek word is “splanchna.” Mercy is the foundation of our salvation. It was mercy that caused Christ to go among all kinds of people to help. Believers respond to the mercy shown them in the same way. As you have received mercy you respond in kind. 
O God, whose glory it is always to have mercy: Be gracious to all who have gone astray from Your ways, and bring them again with penitent hearts and steadfast faith to embrace and hold fast the unchangeable truth of Your Word, Jesus Christ Your Son; who with You and the Holy Spirit lives and reigns, one God, forever and ever. Amen.[2]
O God, You see that of ourselves we have no strength. By Your mighty power defend us from all adversities that may happen to the body and from all evil thoughts that may assault and hurt the soul; through Jesus Christ, Your Son, our Lord, who lives and reigns with You and the Holy Spirit, one God, now and forever.[3]
On the Church calendar today - St. Patrick, missionary to Ireland –

The Strong Name of the Trinity – March 17 is St. Patrick’s Day and the hymn, “I Bind unto Myself Today” LSB #604 is attributed to Patrick. Known as the apostle to the Irish people, he used the shamrock to explain the Trinity to the people. The hymn beautifully explains the Trinity:

I bind unto myself today
The strong name of the Trinity
By invocation of the same,
The Three in One and One in Three.

Almighty and ever-living God as You used Patrick to teach the people of Ireland the truth of the eternal Trinity so make us faithful in all matters of teaching and godly living to the praise and honor of Your most holy name.[4]

[1] The Lutheran Study Bible © 2009 Concordia Publishing, St. Louis
[3] Collect for Lent 2 Lutheran Service Book © 2006 Concordia Publishing House, St. Louis
[4] Collect for Patrick © 2006 Concordia Publishing House, St. Louis
Image  © Higher Things, Patrick Icon © Google images

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