August 15, 2022     7:14 am
206. Week of Second Sunday after Trinity - Tuesday
You shall not commit adultery.
          You shall not commit adultery.   Exodus 20:14
          This is God's Sixth Commandment. Matrimony is instituted by God. Therefore we must not profane it nor commit adultery. Neither by fornication, nor by wilful desertion, nor by divorce obtained in the civil courts must we dissolve the bands of holy wedlock. Only when the one party has thus severed the matrimonial ties is the other party free. Christ says: "What therefore God has joined together, let no man put asunder." Whoever shall put away his wife, except it be for fornication, and shall marry another, commits adultery." (Matt. 19:6-9). But not only the gross adultery just mentioned is adultery in the sight of God. Christ says: Whoever looks on a woman to lust after her has committed adultery with her already in his heart." ( Matt. 5:28). Each should love and honour his spouse. Each should be true to his spouse in heart, mind, inclination, word, and deed. And all, including, of course, the unmarried, must be chaste and decent in word and deed. "Fornication and all uncleanness, or covetousness, let it not be once named among you, as becomes saints; neither filthiness, nor foolish talking, nor jesting, which are not convenient; but rather giving of thanks," says the Holy Spirit. (Eph. 5:3-4). We must take this commandment most seriously. For that reason we must avoid all opportunities where our heart, so unclean by nature, is further inflamed with evil desires. We must rather quench the evil desires with God's Word and prayer, by working industriously and exercising due temperance in eating and drinking. Oh, our heart is very unclean! "Out of the heart proceed evil thoughts, murders, adulteries, fornications." (Matt. 15:19). Only in the righteousness of Christ, imputed to us, can we stand before God; only the Holy Spirit can guard us against suffocating our faith by uncleanness.
          PRAYER: - It grieves me, O my Lord and Saviour, that I am so unclean. Cover my impurity with Your purity in the sight of Your Father, who through You is also my Father. And graciously grant me Your Holy Spirit, that by His almighty help and power I may control the evil desires within me, until the light of your countenance shall completely dispel all darkness within me. Amen

Second Part : Catechism Lessons
August 15, 2022     7:14 am