August 15, 2022     8:41 am
304. Week of Sixteenth Sunday after Trinity - Tuesday
Lord’s Supper - Strengthens a weak faith
          Lord, I believe; help my unbelief!   Mark 9:24
          Faith, the faith of a poor sinner in his Saviour Jesus Christ, constitutes the only true worthiness when appearing at the Lord's Supper. But how about those whose faith is weak? May they approach the Lord's Table? - Who is to be called weak of faith? Why, one who indeed believes in his Saviour, but whose faith needs strength, and whose spiritual life, accordingly, is also weak, but - note this well! - who deplores his weakness and earnestly desires to be stronger, a person who cries like the father of that lunatic child tearfully perhaps, and says:" Lord, I believe; help my unbelief!" May such a person go to the Lord's Supper? Yes, indeed. He particularly should partake of the Lord's Supper, that his weak faith may grow stronger by using this Means of Grace. O the Saviour rejoices when such a one comes to Him there to be helped by Him. He says: "He that comes to Me I will in no way cast out." (John 6:37) Isaiah already prophesied of the Saviour: "A bruised reed He shall not break, and the smoking flax He shall not quench." (Is. 42:3) And isn't one whose faith is weak like a bruised reed and smoking flax? Oh, the weak in faith is so miserable, and feels himself so unworthy and meek. But "the meek shall eat and be satisfied." (Ps. 21:26) A person whose faith is still weak is sick, spiritually sick. The Lord's Supper is medicine, spiritual medicine. Shall he take it? Yes indeed! - Does this comfort you, my dear Christian?
          PRAYER: - Oh, my Lord Jesus, what am I? I am a weak, miserable person, like a bruised reed, easily shaken by the devil, the world, and the flesh and my faith is but a smoking flax, not burning with a bright and lusty flame. I know this and deplore it. And You would have me - and You would help me and heal me and make me strong. For this I give thanks to You, Lord Jesus! And behold, I come to Your Supper and to You to be helped and healed by You. Amen.

Second Part : Catechism Lessons
August 15, 2022     8:41 am