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Monthly Archives: March 2019

Table of Duties— Of Civil Government

March 31, 2019

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Catechesis Notes for the Week — Psalm 26: A Baptismal Prayer to Renounce Evil and Live Faithfully in Christ—The ancient liturgy of Holy Baptism includes the renunciation of the devil with all his wicked works and all his wicked ways and a firm confession of faith in the Triune God.  Psalm 26 is a precursor of that liturgy.  Faith in Christ, to which we are all called in our Baptism, renounces all idolatry and every wicked work and scheme of the devil and of those who reject Christ.  These themes are echoed in the psalm, along with the confident expression of faith in the Lord who will both uphold those who trust in Him and who daily cleanses us in the call to the repentant life that renounces all uncleanness and hypocrisy.  The Lord will “vindicate” His people, showing forth to those who have rejected the Lord that He indeed preserves His own from all the sinister schemes of those who hate the Gospel.  The baptized faithful not only renounce the devil and all evil, but they also delight to be in the congregation of the faithful where the Lord’s Preaching and the Lord’s Supper sustains, comforts, and strengthens them against every attack upon their faith.  “Lord, I have loved the habitation of Your house, and the place where Your glory dwells… My foot stands in an even place; in the congregations I will bless the Lord.”CP190331

Table of Duties— What the Hearers Owe Their Pastors (2nd Half)

March 24, 2019

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Catechesis Notes for the Week — Psalm 25: A Prayer for Forgiveness and Deliverance—Christian faith always flees to the Lord and looks to Him for forgiveness and mercy to help us in every time of trouble and need.  The enemies of the Christian are sin, Satan, and temptation.  The troubles of a fallen world often crowd in around us.  Psalm 25 sets the priorities: “To You, O Lord, I lift up my soul.  O my God, I trust in You…Show me Your ways, O Lord, teach Me Your paths…Remember, O Lord, Your tender mercies and Your loving kindness, for they have been from of old.  Do not remember sins of my youth, nor my transgressions; according to Your mercy remember me, for Your goodness sake, O Lord.”  The Lord’s “remembering” is not because He has forgotten, but rather is an expression that highlights that His acts toward us are based upon His promises of grace and mercy in the Gospel.  He forgives sins on account of His love, His salvation, and His promises.  “For Your name’s sake, O Lord, pardon my iniquity, for it is great.”  This is of inestimable comfort because it means that our forgiveness and the Lord’s help are NOT based upon our worthiness, but upon His promises and what He has done for us.CP190324

Table of Duties—What the Hearers Owe Their Pastors (1st half)

March 17, 2019

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Catechesis Notes for the Week — Psalm 24: Prayer of Thanksgiving for the Glorious Resurrection & Ascension of Our Lord

Psalm 24 is a psalm that proclaims the victory of Christ’s atonement.  By the shedding of His blood, we and all of creation were redeemed. “The earth is the Lord’s and all its fullness…”  We may ascend the holy hill of the Lord, because He has declared us to be righteous and has cleansed us from all our sin.  This victory is gloriously proclaimed in the resurrection and ascension of our Lord.  He has taken our place under the Law.  He has redeemed us from sin, having taken the sin of the world upon Himself.  We receive His righteousness as our very own and join the King of glory in His triumphal procession.  “Who is this King of Glory?  The Lord strong and mighty, the Lord mighty in battle!”  He defeated our enemy Satan upon the cross.  Forgiveness of sins, life, and salvation is ours.  Psalm 24 is a psalm of thanks and praise to the Lord Jesus because we rejoice in the victory of the cross that His glorious resurrection and ascension proclaim to us.CP190317

Table of Duties —To Bishops, Pastors, and Preachers

March 10, 2019

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Catechesis Notes for the Week — Praying the Psalms: Psalm 23: The Prayer of Confidence in Our Good Shepherd—King David was a shepherd.  He knew how dependent the flock was upon its shepherd.  His voice protected them, called them, led them, and provided for them. In Psalm 23, David proclaims that the Lord is his Shepherd. This is the confident confession of all the baptized faithful.  Since the Lord Jesus is our Shepherd, who laid down His life for the sheep, we have no wants.  He has provided for all our needs so that we lack nothing.  The gifts of His Gospel and sacraments are set forth in the rich imagery of “green pastures, still waters.”  One cannot help but think of the Lord’s Supper and Baptism.  Our soul is restored and renewed by Christ’s righteousness.  This is the path of every Christian.  We follow Him because He is our righteousness.  Walking by faith in Christ, our righteousness, we will fear no evil even though we walk through the valley of the shadow of death. He comforts us with the rod and staff of His Word.  He is present with us in the Sacrament. The Table of the Lord has been prepared for us in the presence of the enemies of sin, death, and hell.  He anoints us with the oil of His Spirit in the words of absolution.  Our cup overflows with the joy of the Lord’s free gift of salvation.  In His Word and Sacraments goodness and mercy shall follow us all the days of our life.  For this reason we shall dwell in the house of the Lord forever.CP190310

Sacrament of the Altar

March 3, 2019

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Catechesis Notes for the Week — Praying the Psalms: Psalm 22—Jesus’ Prayer from the Cross—Psalm 22 is Jesus’ prayer from the cross, written by David nearly 1,000 years before His crucifixion.  It is not a prayer of despair, but the confident prayer of faith.  Even though He was forsaken by God as He endured the horror of God’s condemnation upon the cross, He did not lose heart. “You are He who took Me out of the womb; You made Me trust when I was on My mother’s breasts. I was cast upon You from birth. From My mother’s womb You have been My God. Be not far from Me, for trouble is near; for there is none to help.”  Psalm 22 is the most intimate meditation upon the sufferings of Christ.  It prophesies in detail what He endured for us.  Through it all He remained steadfast in the faith. Psalm 22 is the corollary to Isaiah 53: “Surely He took up our infirmities and carried our sorrows.”  These great texts that catechize us in the atonement of Christ proclaim unmistakably the love that He has for us.  We who believe in Him who suffered for us are spoken of in the closing verses of the psalm: “A posterity shall serve Him… They will come and declare His righteousness to a people who will be born, that He has done this.”CP190303