August 15, 2022     8:45 am
68. Week of Forth Sunday after Epiphany - Thursday
Parable of the Sower
          The seed is the Word of God   Luke 8:11
          Yes, the seed from which the fruit of faith and salvation grows is the Word of God. But why, O why, do so many that hear the Word of God nevertheless not believe and obtain salvation? - It is the same with the Word as it is with the seed which a sower went out to sow. As he sowed, some fell by the wayside; and it was trodden down, and the birds of the air devoured it. Thus many who hear the Word do not allow this divine seed to enter their hearts; it lies loosely upon the surface. Then the devil comes and takes it away, lest they believe and be saved. And some of the sower's seed fell upon a rock; and as soon as it had sprung up, it withered away because it lacked moisture. Thus many receive the Word with joy; but they do not let it take root; for a while they believe, but in time of temptation they fall away. Still other of the sower's seed fell among thorns; and the thorns sprang up with it and choked it. Thus many allow cares and riches and pleasures of this life to choke the Word of God, so that it brings no fruit to perfection. Hence it is not the Word's fault that so many do not believe and are not saved, but it is their own fault.- Some seed, however, fell on good ground, and brought forth fruit a hundredfold. Thus some hear the Word of God, and keep it in an honest and good heart, and bring forth fruit with patience: they become believing children of God, and in the end obtain salvation. This is not owing to their good conduct, but to the grace of God and the divine power of the Word. (Luke 8:4-15.)
          O my dear reader, which ground do you resemble?
          PRAYER: - Almighty God and Father, who made heaven and earth and who has prepared salvation and eternal blessedness, and profusely scattered the heavenly seed of Your divine Word among us, I give thanks to You for these Your gracious gifts and treasures. I beseech You to so prepare my heart by Your Word and Spirit that I may be good land, guarding myself against false confidence, indifference, instability, care, avarice, and lust, taking firm root in Your gracious Word, and patiently enduring every heat, storm, temptation, and tribulation that may afflict me, that in an honest and good heart I may bring forth rich fruit, praising and honouring You now and forever. Amen.

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August 15, 2022     8:45 am