February 8, 2023     11:38 am
305. Week of Sixteenth Sunday after Trinity - Wednesday
Lord’s Supper - Unworthy to receive it.
          Do not give that which is holy to the dogs, neither cast your pearls before swine.   Mathew 7:6
          These are words of our blessed Lord. By "that which is holy" He also means the Lord's Supper which is one of our "pearls". By "dogs" and "swine" He means such as are known to be ungodly and impenitent; for after the manner of dogs and swine they abuse this most holy thing which the mercy of God has devised for us poor sinners: Isn't it so? The Lord's Supper should be denied to such persons. They would eat and drink damnation to themselves in the Holy Supper. They are unworthy of the Lord's Supper. And "he that eats and drinks unworthily eats and drinks damnation to himself, not discerning the Lord's body," says the Holy Spirit. (1Cor. 11:29) And when a pastor knowingly and intentionally, out of indifference, from fear of men, or for the love of gain, admits such ungodly and impenitent persons to the Lord's Supper, then he flatly disobeys the injunction of the Lord and brings down upon himself the curse of God. And when church-members, for any reason whatsoever, demand that such persons be admitted to the Lord's Supper they are in the same position. The Lord's Supper is instituted for Christians, for God's children, who repent of their sins, believe in Christ, and are earnestly resolved, with the aid of God the Holy Spirit, henceforth to amend their sinful lives. It is good and profitable for every one to take this to heart.
          PRAYER: - Graciously grant, O Lord and Saviour, that Your holy Sacrament may be kept sacred among us, and be used by us for our soul's welfare, and that it may not be cast before dogs and swine. Grant me and all sincere Christians grace to come to a true knowledge of this Your will and to take it well to heart. O let Your worthy Sacrament be among us what Your mercy has designed it to be: a table where wholesome food and drink is given to poor and grief-stricken sinners who put their trust in You. Amen.

Second Part : Catechism Lessons
February 8, 2023     11:38 am