August 9, 2022     3:28 pm
80. Week of Sexagesima Sunday - Tuesday
I, even I, am the Lord; and beside me there is no Saviour
          I, even I, am the Lord; and beside me there is no Saviour   Isaiah 43:11
          When the Pharisees heard that Jesus had put the Sadducees to silence, they were gathered together. Then one of them, a lawyer, asked Him a question, trying Him, and saying: "Master, which is the great commandment of the Law?" Jesus said to him: "You shall love the Lord your God, with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your mind. This is the first and great commandment. And the second is like it: You shall love your neighbour as yourself. On these two commandments hang all the Law and the prophets." So instead of walking into the open trap, and setting one commandment above the other, our Lord recited the sum of all commandments and of all their explanations, which is the love toward God and toward the neighbour. But who dare boast of this love? Who can thereby become righteous before God and be saved? Not one.- Now, while the Pharisees were gathered together, Jesus asked them: "What do you think of Christ? Whose Son is He?" They said to Him: "The son of David." He said to them: "How then, does David in spirit call Him Lord, saying: The Lord said to my Lord, Sit on my right hand, till I make Your enemies Your footstool? If David, then, called Him Lord, how is He his son?" And no man was able to answer Him a word. And the trials were at an end. (Matt. 22:34-46.) True, Christ is the son of David. But at the same time Christ is He who through the prophet said: "I, even I am the Lord; and beside Me there is no Saviour." And Jesus is the Lord who became David's son and our only Saviour. And He, through His vicarious life, suffering, death, and resurrection, procured for us that righteousness which we sinners could never bring about by the fulfilment of the Law. Let us look to Him in faith, then we shall be righteous before God and obtain life eternal.
          PRAYER: - O Jesus Christ, my Lord and God, Lord and God of Abraham and Isaac and Jacob and David, and of all who in all ages desired Your salvation, I thank You, for You have kept Your gracious Word, and by Your blessed birth and by Your bitter suffering and death made Yourself our Saviour. Truly, beside You there is no Saviour. Grant that by Your Holy Spirit I may bow my knees before You in firm confidence, and be and remain a partaker of Your salvation, who with the Father and the Holy Spirit is true God, blessed forever. Amen

First Part : Festival Season
August 9, 2022     3:28 pm