Monday, August 19, 2013

Daily Devotional Thought--For the Family

Collect of the Week (Proper 15-C)
Merciful Lord, cleanse and defend Your Church by the sacrifice of Christ. United with Him in Holy Baptism, give us grace to receive with thanksgiving the fruits of His redeeming work and daily follow in His way; through the same Jesus Christ, Your Son, our Lord, who lives and reigns with You and the Holy Spirit, one God, now and forever.

Luke 2:41-52 (From the Bible Story Lectionary)
41 Now his parents went to Jerusalem every year at the Feast of the Passover.  42 And when he was twelve years old, they went up according to custom.  43 And when the feast was ended, as they were returning, the boy Jesus stayed behind in Jerusalem. His parents did not know it,  44 but supposing him to be in the group they went a day's journey, but then they began to search for him among their relatives and acquaintances,  45 and when they did not find him, they returned to Jerusalem, searching for him.  46 After three days they found him in the temple, sitting among the teachers, listening to them and asking them questions.  47 And all who heard him were amazed at his understanding and his answers.  48 And when his parents1 saw him, they were astonished. And his mother said to him, "Son, why have you treated us so? Behold, your father and I have been searching for you in great distress."  49 And he said to them, "Why were you looking for me? Did you not know that I must be in my Father's house?"1  50 And they did not understand the saying that he spoke to them.  51 And he went down with them and came to Nazareth and was submissive to them. And his mother treasured up all these things in her heart.  52 And Jesus increased in wisdom and in stature1 and in favor with God and man.

Catechism: The Third Commandment
What is the Third Commandment?
            Remember the Sabbath Day by keeping it holy.
What does this mean?
            We should fear and love God so that we do not despise preaching and His Word, but hold it sacred and gladly hear and learn it.

In the name of T Jesus.

After leaving Jerusalem, May and Joseph went a day’s journey before noticing that Jesus wasn’t with them.  They began their search with relatives and acquaintances, and finally returned to Jerusalem to continue the search.  Three days later, there he was, sitting in the temple, holding His Father’s Word sacred and gladly hearing and learning it.  There he was, sitting among the teachers, listening to them and asking them questions.

At first, Mary and Joseph were upset: “Son, why have you treated us so?”  But like a set of keys that is simply laying where its owners last placed it, Jesus’ response is one which, in hind sight, seems most obvious indeed.  “Did you not know that I must be in my Father’s house?”

The Son of God teaches us how to keep the Third Commandment.  Our flesh often tires of hearing God’s Word.  Watch a movie, read a good book, head out to a concert, or watch another game on television: any—or all—of those activities would surpass our desire to read, mark, learn, and inwardly digest the Word of God.

In repentance, we hear again the Third Commandment, and learn to place God’s Word where it belongs—that’s how we hold it sacred.  In humility, we see Jesus’ keeping of the Third Commandment, and we begin to see the wisdom of being in our Father’s house.

You see, the rest intended for you is a rest that comes through the Word.  NO matter how hard you work, when you sanctify the day by filling it with God’s Word, you are able to rest in peace.  You’ll have the promises of God in Christ sustaining you.  You’ll have the comfort of the forgiveness of sins girding you up.  You’ll have the witnesses of those who have gone before us to encourage you to walk in faith.  And like Mary and Joseph, you’ll begin to expect to find Jesus where he’s been all along: in His Father’s Word.  In the name of T Jesus.


Lord Jesus, open my eyes to your life-giving presence. Through You Word, Sacraments, and Spirit, bless my life, so that things that seem mundane become a foretaste of blessedness in Your eternal presence. Amen (TLSB, p. 1712).

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