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Monthly Archives: January 2019

The Sacrament of Holy Baptism — Part IV

January 27, 2019

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Catechesis Notes for the Week — Praying the Psalms: Psalm 17—Prayer for Faithfulness to the Lord’s Word and Salvation—Psalm 17 is an example of praying according to the First Petition, “Hallowed be Thy Name.”  God’s Word and those who trust in it, pray according to it, and cling to the righteousness of Christ above all else will endure assaults from false teachers, slanderers of the truth, the arrogant and self-righteous.  All of these enemies of God’s Word and of the faithful Christian are in league with Satan, the arch-enemy of the Gospel of Christ.  David teaches us to cry out to the Lord for the strength He promises to give against the malevolent deceit of those who would assault the faith of Christians.  He bids us to pray, not for the things of this world which will pass away, but for the righteousness of Christ and the gift of salvation that will never pass away. CP190127

The Sacrament of Holy Baptism — Part III

January 20, 2019

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Catechesis Notes for the Week — Praying the Psalms: Psalm 16—The Messiah’s Prayer for Strength—All the psalms are prayed through faith in Jesus Christ and His victory for us.  Psalm 16 is no exception.  The words of this psalm belong in the mouth of Jesus.  Peter makes this clear in his Pentecost sermon.  This psalm was Jesus’ prayer as He faced the horror of the cross and death: “Preserve me, O God, for in You I put my trust…You are my Lord, My goodness is nothing apart from You!”  For Jesus’ sake, this becomes our prayer as well.  Even in the agony of His death upon the cross, Jesus confessed confidence in His Father who would raise Him from the dead and not allow Him to see corruption: “I have set the Lord always before me; because He is at My right hand I shall not be moved. Therefore My heart is glad, and My glory rejoices; My flesh also will rest in hope. For You will not leave My soul in Sheol, nor will You allow Your Holy One to see corruption.”  Because of Jesus’ atoning sacrifice upon the cross which the Father accepted, Jesus’ body did not undergo decay and it was impossible for death to hold Him.  The Father raised His faithful Son from the dead and for Jesus’ sake the Father will raise us to life immortal.  This is our hope and confidence in Christ: “In Your presence is fullness of joy; at Your right hand are pleasures forevermore.” CP190120

The Sacrament of Holy Baptism—Part I and II

January 13, 2019

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Catechesis Notes for the Week — Praying the Psalms: Psalm 15—Prayer to Walk Uprightly in Faith—Throughout the Old Testament men like Enoch, Noah, and Abraham are said to “walk with God” and are, therefore, described as righteous and just.  This is a description of what it means to follow Christ by faith.  By faith we are justified, declared righteous; and by faith we live the Christian life.  We enter into God’s house by the merits of Christ alone.  The life of faith speaks the truth before God and the neighbor, confesses sin, lives in love for the neighbor, and seeks only the neighbor’s welfare.  This is what we pray for because we believe in Him whose righteousness and salvation enables us to abide in the tabernacle of the Lord forever.CP190113

The Lord’s Prayer—the 7th Petition and the conclusion

January 6, 2019

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Catechesis Notes for the Week — The Seventh Petition—“Rescue us from every evil of body and soul, possessions and reputation.” When we pray the Seventh Petition, “but deliver us from evil,” we might be tempted to conclude that we are asking that “evil” never rear its head in our lives. This misses the mark. Evil will come into our lives in the form of Satan’s attacks upon our “body and soul, possessions and reputation.” Holy Scripture makes this clear. We will not be spared from being attacked. God wills that the attacks of evil against us serve the cause of faith. “Call upon Me in the day of trouble; I will deliver you and you shall glorify Me.” Therefore, in the Seventh Petition we are asking that God would preserve our faith in Christ when we are assaulted by the Evil One, and teach us to commend ourselves—body, soul, and spirit, with all that we are and have—into His gracious keeping. The Word of our Lord teaches us that He will not forsake His own. If He allows evil to enter into our lives, then He does so for His good purposes and for the exercise of faith in the grace of our Lord Jesus Christ. This petition promises the Christian: “God will not allow the Evil One or any adversity to overwhelm you.” By this petition He invites you to trust this promise and to call upon Him in your need. In this way faith in Christ is active.CP190106