Eighth Sunday after Trinity

Examine Fruit Before Biting Saint Matthew 7:15-23 “You will recognize them by their fruits.” That’s what the Lord Jesus says about the false prophets who dress up “in sheep’s clothing but inwardly are ravenous wolves.” “You will recognize them by their fruits.” But will we? To be able to do this we must first know[…]

Seventh Sunday after Pentecost

Involved in the Grace of God Saint Mark 8:1-9 Saint Mark records for us that our Lord Jesus desired to feed the large crowd of 4,000 because He had compassion on them. They had followed Him out to a remote, desolate place, far from their homes or anywhere that food might be purchased. And it[…]

Sixth Sunday after Trinity

The Law Fulfilled for You Saint Matthew 5:17-26 “Be a sinner, and let your sins be strong,” or, as it is sometimes translated, “Be a sinner and sin boldly.” Martin Luther wrote these words in a letter to his friend, Philip Melanchthon, in 1521. “Be a sinner and sin boldly.” Why would Luther write such[…]

Fifth Sunday after Trinity

Wisdom and Discernment Saint Luke 5:1-11 The Lord God, through the prophet Isaiah, and again, as quoted by Saint Paul in today’s Epistle Reading, declares, “I will destroy the wisdom of the wise, and the discernment of the discerning I will thwart.” Of course, the wise and discerning of which the Lord speaks are not[…]