October 5, 2022     2:37 pm
63. Week of Third Sunday after Epiphany - Saturday
Martha worried about many things
          One thing is needful.   Luke 10:42
          Now it came to pass, as Jesus went with His disciples, that He entered into a certain village: and a certain woman named Martha received Him into her house. She had a sister called Mary, who also sat at Jesus' feet, and heard His Word. But Martha was worried about much serving, and came to Him and said: "Lord, don't You care that my sister has left me to serve alone? Tell her to help me." Jesus answered and said to her: "Martha, Martha, you are worried and troubled about many things; but one thing is needful; and Mary has chosen that good part, which shall not be taken away from her." (Luke 10:38-42.)
          The one thing needful is, that Jesus' Word be preached and heard. Nothing at all on earth is as important and necessary as this, most certainly, nothing is more important and more necessary than this. For only through the preaching and hearing of the Word of Jesus is that faith formed and sustained within us - sustained, I say - wherein we sinners stand before God and are justified and saved. Without this faith, which is sustained only and exclusively through the Word of Jesus, even the best of our works can by no means please God, for without such faith we ourselves cannot please God. So the preaching and the hearing of the Word of Jesus is the one thing needful. Let no one take this from you, O Christian!
          PRAYER: - I thank You, my God, that You have graciously given me Jesus' Word, the holy Gospel. Preserve it to me and mine and to all believers! Let it have free course and increase upon earth! Give to me and all believers Your Holy Spirit that we may sincerely consider it the one thing needful, and gladly, diligently, and eagerly hear and learn it. Awaken hearts everywhere that heed the Word of Jesus and are thereby converted and saved. For You, God, are most good, and earnestly want all men to be saved through faith in Christ Jesus, the only Saviour. Amen.

First Part : Festival Season
October 5, 2022     2:37 pm