The Introit p. 16
The Gloria Patri
The Kyrie p. 17
The Gloria in Excelsis
The Salutation and Collect p. 19
The Epistle and Gradual
Praise be to Thee, O Christ!
The Nicene Creed p. 22
Jesus Is the Good Samaritan
The Sanctus p. 26
The Lord's Prayer p. 27
The Words of Institution
The Agnus Dei p. 28
The Nunc Dimittis p. 29
The Benediction p. 31
The Hymn # 464 Blest Be the Tie That Binds
Thirteenth Sunday After Trinity
29. The parable stands in bold relief, and pictures us perfectly, what we are and can do with our boasted reason and free will. If the poor wounded man had desired to help himself, it would only have been worse for him, he would only have done harm to himself and irritated his wounds, and only prepared more misery and distress for himself.
Had he remained lying quiet, he would have had as much suffering. Thus it is when we are left to ourselves. We are always lost, we may lay hold where we will. Hitherto man has always acted thus, he has thought out many ways and methods how we might reform our lives and get to heaven.
- He went to him
- He bound up his wounds, using oil (the Gospel) and wine (the sharpness of the cross)
- He put him on his beast and took him to the inn and cared for him.
- He had the innkeeper take care of him and promised additional money when He returned for him.
- He comes to us through the Gospel, as infants or as adults. He seals us with the gift of the Holy Spirit and makes us His own.
- He heals our wounds through the forgiveness of sin (the oil). This is how I measure whether medicine works. If there is instant relief, it is healing and helping. Now they realize that natural oils are by themselves ideal for healing, and desert people knew that.
- The cross is the wine, since wine is sharp. The cross is the opposition and hatred that comes from being faithful to the Gospel. One FB discussion talked about Lutheran problems and rejecting certain doctrines. I wrote, "Some Lutherans reject justification by faith." As if to p;rove me right, my comment was erased, so I mused - They must think it is NO problem at all. The cross is painful and moves us to value the truth of God's Word and to see this opposition as a blessing and a purification.
- The beast and the trip to the inn is God's method of caring for us as Christian believers. He provides pastors, teachers, and congregations for teaching His Word and providing the Sacraments.
- During times of devastation, He still maintains the faithful so they can establish new churches, as they did in America and also in the Third Word.
- He returns to pay the innkeeper, that is, God will bless those who provide the Gospel and care for them.