August 15, 2022     8:40 am
135. Week of Easter Sunday - Monday
"Say this: His disciples came by night, and stole Him away while we slept”
          Do not be deceived: evil company corrupts good habits.   1 Corinthians 15:33
          Is this a fitting text for Easter? It seems not. But learn what happened on Easter Day.- Some of the guards, on recovering from their faint and fright, hurried into the city and told the chief priests all the things that had occurred. These then assembled with the elders and took counsel. And as a result of their deliberations they gave a large sum of money to the soldiers, saying: "Say this: His disciples came by night, and stole Him away while we slept. And if this comes to the governor's ears, we will persuade him, and protect you." The soldiers took the money and did as they were taught. This, then, became the common report among the Jews. And this or a similar report has been adopted by unbelievers of all times. In our day, too, there are such unbelievers. Even numberless pastors and professors and high officers of the Church preach, teach, and stoutly maintain that Jesus has not risen from the dead. And they embellish their Jewish, antichristian, and Scripture-profaning teaching with many a pleasing but deceitful tale. And the superficial masses flock after them. But do not be deceived, my dear Christian! Scripture says: "Evil company corrupts good habits," or morals. If you listen to such company, your faith will be corrupted, your faith in the Word of God and in your Saviour, Jesus Christ. For a dead Saviour cannot save. In this Easter you will hear much of what the Scriptures have recorded of the resurrection, the bodily resurrection, of Jesus. Lend your ear to these precious truths. There strengthen and quicken your faith.
          PRAYER: - My Lord and Saviour Jesus Christ, You took my sin and death upon You, and completely overcame and destroyed it, and rose from the dead a Conqueror and the Prince of Life, and gave to me righteousness and eternal life: I pray You so to strengthen and to steel my poor soul by Your Word and Holy Spirit that all evil teachings will rebound from it, and that I may firmly believe in You Who rose and live, a true Saviour. Amen.

First Part : Festival Season
August 15, 2022     8:40 am