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500th Anniversary of the Protestant Reformation

Martin Luther

“Now that God has today so graciously bestowed upon us an abundance of arts, scholars, and books, it is time to reap and gather in the best as well as we can, and lay up treasure in order to preserve for the future something from these years of jubilee, and not lose this bountiful harvest.”  
~ To the Councilmen of German

11th Sunday after Trinity (G)

Calendar
Church Year 2017-1018
Date
Aug 12, 2018

Description

Introit: Ps. 68:1, 3, 7a, 10b, 19; antiphon: Ps. 68:5b, 6a, 35b Gradual: Ps. 28:7b, 1a, 2a Old Testament: Gen. 4:1-15 Psalm 50:7-23 (antiphon: v. 14) Epistle: Eph. 2:1-10 or 1 Cor. 15:1-10 ProperVerse: Ps. 90:1 Gospel: Luke 18:9-14 The Lord Lifts Up the Lowly "And the Lord had regard for Abel and his offering, but for Cain and his offering he had no regard" (Gen. 4:1_15). For unlike Abel, Cain's offering did not proceed from a heart that revered and trusted in the Lord. Thus, the lowly tax collector who prayed, "God, be merciful to me, a sinner!" was the one who went down to his house justified before God, not the respectable, outwardly righteous Pharisee who trusted in himself and his own good living (Luke 18:9_14). "For by grace you have been saved through faith. And this is not your own doing; it is the gift of God, not a result of works, so that no one may boast" (Eph. 2:1_10). The one who penitently despairs of his own righteousness and relies completely on the atoning mercy of God in Christ is the one who is declared righteous. For Christ died for our sins and rose again the third day (1 Cor. 15:1_10). Therefore, "everyone who exalts himself will be humbled, but the one who humbles himself will be exalted."