Saturday, May 2, 2020

May 02, 2020 – Parish Devotional – Saturday prior to Easter 4

–John 21:15 -This verse is the inspiration for the hymn “I am Jesus’ Little Lamb“{LSB 740} Three times Peter denied his Lord. Three times Jesus asks the question “Peter…do you love me more than these? Thus, the Savior asks us today, “Do you love Me?” “Do we love Jesus more than people, more than your occupation, more than things? In the case of Peter, these things were the tools of his trade – fishing gear.  

In the time of this current pandemic we are asked to prioritize what is chiefly important in our lives. True we can take great responsibility in our work, in our freedoms, in our leisure. What takes this highest priority? What is the most important? And of course, why? Allow the words of this hymn to inspire you.

The Savior calls us to discipleship, to take up His cross and follow Him. In this Easter season, we are directed by the Savior to affirm the new life He gives us and to share with others the hope that we have in Him. Scripture reminds us “in a twinkling of an eye” we will all be gone – What shall be said of us then? May it be said of us that we remain a sheep of His fold, a lamb of His flock, a sinner of His own redeeming.

Collect for Easter 4: Almighty God, merciful Father, since You have wakened from death the Shepherd of Your sheep, grant us Your Holy Spirit that, when we hear the voice of our Shepherd, we may know Him who calls us each by name and follow where He leads; through the same Jesus Christ, Your Son, our Lord, who lives and reigns with You and the Holy Spirit, one God, now and forever. Amen.

The Sacrament of the Altar, copyright © Ed Riojas, Higher Things
Collect for Easter 4 copyright © 2006 Lutheran Service Book, Concordia Publishing House, St, Louis 

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