Death, now God’s servant

Jesus Raises the Widow’s Son from Nain from the Codex Aureus of Echternach

Our liturgy praising the God of Light is contrasted, in today’s reading, with a liturgy of darkness; our multitude’s joy with one’s weeping; our thanksgiving at receiving the things of God with one’s supplications at a nearly unfathomable loss – as God has received back the soul of an only son. Death is not natural, nor does it come from nature. Death is not a “fact of life,” as if a natural termination – a period at the end of a sentence. Jesus does not bear with death. Our God has no patience for death. Death is God’s hated enemy. They are not adversaries, one warring against the other, rather, they are opposites. Death is the opposite of our God and He hates it….For more, click on the title above.

90 days of prayer: Day 21

Saturday, Sept. 23, 2023 – Throughout the time of man You have used him as You saw fit. Today we prepare for the morrow when we will, once again, receive from You through Your Word and Sacrament. Strengthen our hearts, minds, bodies, and spirit to trust You. Use us we pray. In the name of Jesus. Amen.

With Jesus, there are only the sick

Symptoms can lead to, or be an indication of, something much worse. So, we can’t always treat the symptoms like we do an annoying noise in the car. You all know how you treat that, right? You turn the radio up until you can no longer hear the noise. There are times when we have to dig deeper and find the underlying problem.
In our Gospel reading appointed for this Festival of St. Matthew, where we hear the call of Matthew and the subsequent dinner held at his house, there’s a sneaky symptom that shows up. …For more, click on the title above.

90 days of prayer: Day 18

Wednesday, Sept. 20, 2023 – Almighty God, through Your grace, this body of Christ known as Catalina Lutheran Church has received the bounty of Your love. We have heard Your Word and received Your Sacraments. Hear our prayer as we seek to expand the glory of Your kingdom with our pledges and gifts. Let us not grow weary… Continue reading 90 days of prayer: Day 18