Tuesday, August 31, 2010

Pentecost 14 (Proper 17)

Back in Wisconsin! Today's readings were Proverbs 25:2-10, Hebrews 13:1-17, and Luke 14:1-14 (sermon text).

The third petition of the Lord's Prayer reads: Thy will be done. Consider also Luther's explanation of this petition. As we pray, we recognize His will and ours, His holiness and our filth. Our world is out of order, but also has misplaced ideals. We fight entropy but to no avail. Wheat grows beside the tares. All the world is falling apart while perishing.

BUT. Jesus came to restore order. On trial in the text, He turns the tables. We would not help someone on the Sabbath, but He did and does! God's will is that He defeats Satan! This defeats entropy, restoring order to His sin-broken world. When Christ returns, all will be made new. Our job in the meantime: spread localized order, starting with worship - receiving gifts at His feet.

James 4 says that our plans by themselves are of no account. Commit them rather to God's will (ch. 2): love your neighbor. He reconciles us to Himself - and to each other. We are now able to proclaim Him!

Soli Deo gloria.

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