Tuesday, January 13, 2015

This Season, Blindmen Still Seek to "Remove" Him, E'en from Our Flesh: An Illustrated Tale

"Lord, now lettest Thou Thy servant depart in Peace,
according to Thy Word.
For my eyes have seen Thy Salvation,
which Thou has prepared before the face of all people ..."   Lk 2:29-31

"And Herod, when he saw that he was mocked by the wise men, was exceeding wroth and sent forth [to slay the Child] ... in Beth-lehem [which is to say, the House of Bread ] ..."   Mt 2:16

"[Let] the mind consider of what nature the act of this Supper is, Who is Present there, [and] what kind of Food is offered and taken there, so that one can prepare himself with due humility and piety for its reception ..."  Ministry, Word and Sacraments:  An Enchiridion, Martin Chemnitz, 1593/1603 (translation, Luther Poellot; Concordia Publishing House, 1981;  p. 131

"At the outset, it is again necessary, by way of preface, to point out that we do not abolish the Mass, but religiously retain and defend it.  Among us the Mass is celebrated every Lord's day and on other festivals, when the Sacrament is made available to those who wish to partake of it, after they have been examined and absolved."  Apology [i.e., Defense] of the Augsburg Confession XXIV.1 (Kolb-Wengert translation, 2000)

O Lutheran, Lutheran:  are you seeking to retain, treasure and defend "Who is Present there," or instead, ever-seeking to remove the promised "there?"

"O Jerusalem, Jerusalem ... how often would I have gathered thy children together, even as a hen gathereth her chickens under her wings, and ye would not!" ... Mt. 23:37

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