August 15, 2022     7:25 am
331. Week of Twentieth Sunday after Trinity - Monday
Him will I confess also before Father who is in heaven.
          Whosoever therefore shall confess Me before men, him will I confess also before Father who is in heaven. But whosoever shall deny Me before men, him will I also deny before my Father who is in heaven.   Mathew 10:32,33
          With the heart to believe in the Lord Jesus and with the mouth to confess Him before men, these two are as intimately linked together as a light and the brightness it sheds forth. For flesh and blood, which still clings to us Christians, it often is a hard task indeed to confess our Lord before unbelievers, who mock or threaten or smile in derision. But the new man within us again and again comes to the surface and freely confesses his allegiance to his beloved Saviour. Flesh and blood may so overpower a Christian as time and again to fall into the mortal sin of denying Christ. But when the look of Jesus quickens his faith again, bitter tears and a renewed confession always follow. And him who thus confesses Jesus before men, He, the Lord, will confess also before His Father in heaven; He will testify that he is His own through faith, and will be His in all eternity. Blessed is he whom the Saviour thus confesses! But he that denies the Lord Jesus, he that is ashamed to confess Him before men, he that in the presence of Christians, indeed, acts as a Christian, but in the presence of unbelievers acts as an unbeliever, such a person has lost his faith, has ruthlessly cast it aside. Him will our Lord also deny before His Father in heaven and say: "I know him not!" And woe, woe to him or her whom the Lord will thus deny!
          PRAYER: - Grant to me, O my Lord Jesus, the right and sincere faith in You, my only Saviour, that I may steadfastly cling to You in true faith, and confess Your name, though the world should look askance at me for it. Help me, Your weak child in every temptation, lest I deny You! And acknowledge me as Your own before Your heavenly Father, and as worthy, through You, to remain with You in everlasting bliss. Amen.

Third Part : The Christian's Life and Death
August 15, 2022     7:25 am