Hosea 4:11-19; Acts 21:37-22:16; Luke 6:12-26
Man, I was really hoping for good Lutheran texts, today; after all, it is Reformation Day. Where is the opportunity to sling around a few “solas,” some “justification by grace through faith – apart from works of the law,” and a side of sacramental theology to round things off nicely?
Alas, the lectionary pulls up a prophet dealing with prostitutes, another arrest to add to St. Paul’s record, and the blessings and curses of Christ’s sermon on the plain.
What does this mean?
Hosea was called to use his marriage to illustrate the nature of the relationship Israel had with her God; yet, he loved her and continued to call her to faithfulness. God called Paul, a persecutor of the Way, to “know the will of God…and witness to everyone what [he] has seen and heard…” even a way to the gentiles that they may know of his love for the world. God called the apostles to witness to his Son’s life, death, and resurrection to all in a world filled with sin.
Answer: It means God alone calls the unlikeliest of people to testify to his love. He called a troubled monk; he calls us—through our baptism—we can do nothing greater!
Prayer: Lord God, you have called your servants to ventures unknown of which we cannot see the ending, by paths as yet untrodden, through perils unknown. Give us faith to go with good courage, not knowing where we go but only that your hand is leading us and your love supporting us; through Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen (Evening Prayer)
Today’s devotion was written by Melinda H. Jones,
Pastor of Advent Evangelical Lutheran Church in North Charleston, SC.