August 15, 2022     8:39 am
226. Week of Fifth Sunday after Trinity - Monday
We are not worthy of the blessings which the Lord showers upon us
          I am not worthy of the least of all the mercies and of all the truth which You have shown to me Your servant.   Genesis 32:10
          Thus spoke Jacob, the patriarch. And so every Christian should say. We are not worthy of the blessings which the Lord showers upon us. He confers nothing but fatherly, divine goodness and mercy upon us, though He finds no merit or worthiness in us. O let us search and examine our lives and our ways! Have we deserved it that God provides for us and watches over us, that He governs and protects us, yes, that He punishes and chastises us as a faithful father does his children, and that He makes all things work together for our good in such a manner that in the end we reach the goal which His grace in Christ sets before us? Have we deserved this? Certainly not. We have deserved something altogether different. "Like as a father pities his children, so the Lord pities them that fear Him." (Ps. 103:13) That we fear Him, that we live in childlike fear of God, this, too, is His mercy. But that this fear of God is such a struggling and miserable little plant in the garden of our heart, that is our fault. But God continues to show us His mercy. What do we owe Him for all this? "What shall I render to the Lord for all His benefits toward me?" (Ps. 116:12) Oh, indeed, I cannot render Him anything as a recompense. But it is my duty to thank Him, to praise Him, to serve and to obey Him. Isn't it so? Surely we owe this to God. Our thanks and our praise, our service and obedience, will be poor and paltry enough in comparison with the benefits of God. But our Heavenly Father will notwithstanding accept the feeble beating of our hearts toward Him, our feeble stammering of praise and thanks, our feeble and childish efforts. He makes the fullness of Christ replace our deficiency. His Spirit makes intercession for us. God be praised!
          PRAYER: - O Lord God, Heavenly Father, from whom we receive all good gifts unceasingly and in abundant measure, and who daily, out of pure grace, guards us against all evil: grant me, I beseech You, Your Holy Spirit, that, acknowledging in true faith all this Your goodness, I may now and evermore thank and praise Your loving-kindness and tender mercy; through Jesus Christ, Your beloved Son, our Lord. Amen.

Second Part : Catechism Lessons
August 15, 2022     8:39 am