FOURTH SUNDAY IN LENT
(26 Mar 2017)
Isaiah 42:14–21; Ps. 142:1-7; Ephesians 5:8–14; John 9:1–41 or John 9:1–7, 13–17, 34–39
I trust, O Christ, in you alone; No earthly hope avails me.
You will not see me overthrown, when Satan’s host assails me.
No human strength, no earthly pow’r, can see me through the evil hour, for you alone my strength renew.
I cry to you! I trust, O Lord, your promise true.
My sin and guilt are plaguing me; Oh, grant me true contrition.
And by your death upon the tree, your pardon and remission.
Before the Father’s throne above, recall your matchless deed of love. That he may lift my dreadful load,
O Son of God! I plead the grace your death bestowed.
Confirm in us your Gospel, Lord, your promise of salvation.
And make us keen to hear your Word, and follow our vocation:
To spend our lives in love for you, to bear each other’s burdens too. And then, at last, when death shall loom,
O Savior, come! And bear your loved ones safely home.
Konrad Hubert, 1507-77; tr. Gilbert E. Doan, b. 1930
By His Word of the Gospel, Jesus Calls Us Out of the Darkness into His Marvelous Light
The Lord is grieved by the spiritual blindness of His people, yet in mercy He does not forsake them. He restrains His anger and keeps His peace, until He opens their ears and eyes to hear and see Him. “For His righteousness’ sake” He magnifies His Word and makes it glorious in the coming of Christ Jesus (Is. 42:21). Jesus turns “the darkness before them into light” (Is. 42:16), because He is “the Light of the world” (John 9:5). The incarnate Son of God works the works of His Father and displays the divine glory in His own flesh “while it is day” until that night “when no one can work” (John 9:4). By the washing of water with His Word He opens the eyes of the blind and grants rest to the weary. Therefore, though “at one time you were darkness,” now “you are light in the Lord” (Eph. 5:8). By our Baptism into Christ we live in the eternal day of His Resurrection, wherein He shines upon us. As often as we fall back into the darkness of sin, He calls us by the Gospel to “Awake, O sleeper, and arise from the dead” (Eph. 5:14).
Courtesy: LCMS (except hymn videos)
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Καὶ παράγων εἶδεν ἄνθρωπον τυφλὸν ἐκ γενετῆς.
2 καὶ ἠρώτησαν αὐτὸν οἱ μαθηταὶ αὐτοῦ λέγοντες· Ῥαββί, τίς ἥμαρτεν, οὗτος ἢ οἱ γονεῖς αὐτοῦ, ἵνα τυφλὸς γεννηθῇ;
3 ἀπεκρίθη Ἰησοῦς· Οὔτε οὗτος ἥμαρτεν οὔτε οἱ γονεῖς αὐτοῦ, ἀλλʼ ἵνα φανερωθῇ τὰ ἔργα τοῦ θεοῦ ἐν αὐτῷ.
4 ἡμᾶς δεῖ ἐργάζεσθαι τὰ ἔργα τοῦ πέμψαντός με ἕως ἡμέρα ἐστίν· ἔρχεται νὺξ ὅτε οὐδεὶς δύναται ἐργάζεσθαι.
5 ὅταν ἐν τῷ κόσμῳ ὦ, φῶς εἰμι τοῦ κόσμου.
6 ταῦτα εἰπὼν ἔπτυσεν χαμαὶ καὶ ἐποίησεν πηλὸν ἐκ τοῦ πτύσματος, καὶ ἐπέχρισεν αὐτοῦ τὸν πηλὸν ἐπὶ τοὺς ὀφθαλμούς,
7 καὶ εἶπεν αὐτῷ· Ὕπαγε νίψαι εἰς τὴν κολυμβήθραν τοῦ Σιλωάμ (ὃ ἑρμηνεύεται Ἀπεσταλμένος). ἀπῆλθεν οὖν καὶ ἐνίψατο, καὶ ἦλθεν βλέπων.
8 οἱ οὖν γείτονες καὶ οἱ θεωροῦντες αὐτὸν τὸ πρότερον ὅτι προσαίτης ἦν ἔλεγον· Οὐχ οὗτός ἐστιν ὁ καθήμενος καὶ προσαιτῶν;
9 ἄλλοι ἔλεγον ὅτι Οὗτός ἐστιν· ἄλλοι ἔλεγον· Οὐχί, ἀλλὰ ὅμοιος αὐτῷ ἐστιν. ἐκεῖνος ἔλεγεν ὅτι Ἐγώ εἰμι.
10 ἔλεγον οὖν αὐτῷ· Πῶς ἠνεῴχθησάν σου οἱ ὀφθαλμοί;
11 ἀπεκρίθη ἐκεῖνος· Ὁ ἄνθρωπος ὁ λεγόμενος Ἰησοῦς πηλὸν ἐποίησεν καὶ ἐπέχρισέν μου τοὺς ὀφθαλμοὺς καὶ εἶπέν μοι ὅτι Ὕπαγε εἰς τὸν Σιλωὰμ καὶ νίψαι· ἀπελθὼν οὖν καὶ νιψάμενος ἀνέβλεψα.
12 καὶ εἶπαν αὐτῷ· Ποῦ ἐστιν ἐκεῖνος; λέγει· Οὐκ οἶδα.
13 Ἄγουσιν αὐτὸν πρὸς τοὺς Φαρισαίους τόν ποτε τυφλόν.
14 ἦν δὲ σάββατον ἐν ᾗ ἡμέρᾳ τὸν πηλὸν ἐποίησεν ὁ Ἰησοῦς καὶ ἀνέῳξεν αὐτοῦ τοὺς ὀφθαλμούς.
15 πάλιν οὖν ἠρώτων αὐτὸν καὶ οἱ Φαρισαῖοι πῶς ἀνέβλεψεν. ὁ δὲ εἶπεν αὐτοῖς· Πηλὸν ἐπέθηκέν μου ἐπὶ τοὺς ὀφθαλμούς, καὶ ἐνιψάμην, καὶ βλέπω.
16 ἔλεγον οὖν ἐκ τῶν Φαρισαίων τινές· Οὐκ ἔστιν οὗτος παρὰ θεοῦ ὁ ἄνθρωπος, ὅτι τὸ σάββατον οὐ τηρεῖ. ἄλλοι ἔλεγον· Πῶς δύναται ἄνθρωπος ἁμαρτωλὸς τοιαῦτα σημεῖα ποιεῖν; καὶ σχίσμα ἦν ἐν αὐτοῖς.
17 λέγουσιν οὖν τῷ τυφλῷ πάλιν· Τί σὺ λέγεις περὶ αὐτοῦ, ὅτι ἠνέῳξέν σου τοὺς ὀφθαλμούς; ὁ δὲ εἶπεν ὅτι Προφήτης ἐστίν.
18 Οὐκ ἐπίστευσαν οὖν οἱ Ἰουδαῖοι περὶ αὐτοῦ ὅτι ἦν τυφλὸς καὶ ἀνέβλεψεν, ἕως ὅτου ἐφώνησαν τοὺς γονεῖς αὐτοῦ τοῦ ἀναβλέψαντος
19 καὶ ἠρώτησαν αὐτοὺς λέγοντες· Οὗτός ἐστιν ὁ υἱὸς ὑμῶν, ὃν ὑμεῖς λέγετε ὅτι τυφλὸς ἐγεννήθη; πῶς οὖν βλέπει ἄρτι;
20 ἀπεκρίθησαν οὖν οἱ γονεῖς αὐτοῦ καὶ εἶπαν· Οἴδαμεν ὅτι οὗτός ἐστιν ὁ υἱὸς ἡμῶν καὶ ὅτι τυφλὸς ἐγεννήθη·
21 πῶς δὲ νῦν βλέπει οὐκ οἴδαμεν, ἢ τίς ἤνοιξεν αὐτοῦ τοὺς ὀφθαλμοὺς ἡμεῖς οὐκ οἴδαμεν· αὐτὸν ἐρωτήσατε, ἡλικίαν ἔχει, αὐτὸς περὶ ἑαυτοῦ λαλήσει.
22 ταῦτα εἶπαν οἱ γονεῖς αὐτοῦ ὅτι ἐφοβοῦντο τοὺς Ἰουδαίους, ἤδη γὰρ συνετέθειντο οἱ Ἰουδαῖοι ἵνα ἐάν τις αὐτὸν ὁμολογήσῃ χριστόν, ἀποσυνάγωγος γένηται.
23 διὰ τοῦτο οἱ γονεῖς αὐτοῦ εἶπαν ὅτι Ἡλικίαν ἔχει, αὐτὸν ἐπερωτήσατε.
24 Ἐφώνησαν οὖν τὸν ἄνθρωπον ἐκ δευτέρου ὃς ἦν τυφλὸς καὶ εἶπαν αὐτῷ· Δὸς δόξαν τῷ θεῷ· ἡμεῖς οἴδαμεν ὅτι οὗτος ὁ ἄνθρωπος ἁμαρτωλός ἐστιν.
25 ἀπεκρίθη οὖν ἐκεῖνος· Εἰ ἁμαρτωλός ἐστιν οὐκ οἶδα· ἓν οἶδα ὅτι τυφλὸς ὢν ἄρτι βλέπω.
26 εἶπον οὖν αὐτῷ· Τί ἐποίησέν σοι; πῶς ἤνοιξέν σου τοὺς ὀφθαλμούς;
27 ἀπεκρίθη αὐτοῖς· Εἶπον ὑμῖν ἤδη καὶ οὐκ ἠκούσατε· τί πάλιν θέλετε ἀκούειν; μὴ καὶ ὑμεῖς θέλετε αὐτοῦ μαθηταὶ γενέσθαι;
28 ἐλοιδόρησαν αὐτὸν καὶ εἶπον· Σὺ μαθητὴς εἶ ἐκείνου, ἡμεῖς δὲ τοῦ Μωϋσέως ἐσμὲν μαθηταί·
29 ἡμεῖς οἴδαμεν ὅτι Μωϋσεῖ λελάληκεν ὁ θεός, τοῦτον δὲ οὐκ οἴδαμεν πόθεν ἐστίν.
30 ἀπεκρίθη ὁ ἄνθρωπος καὶ εἶπεν αὐτοῖς· Ἐν τούτῳ γὰρ τὸ θαυμαστόν ἐστιν ὅτι ὑμεῖς οὐκ οἴδατε πόθεν ἐστίν, καὶ ἤνοιξέν μου τοὺς ὀφθαλμούς.
31 οἴδαμεν ὅτι ἁμαρτωλῶν ὁ θεὸς οὐκ ἀκούει, ἀλλʼ ἐάν τις θεοσεβὴς ᾖ καὶ τὸ θέλημα αὐτοῦ ποιῇ τούτου ἀκούει.
32 ἐκ τοῦ αἰῶνος οὐκ ἠκούσθη ὅτι ἠνέῳξέν τις ὀφθαλμοὺς τυφλοῦ γεγεννημένου·
33 εἰ μὴ ἦν οὗτος παρὰ θεοῦ, οὐκ ἠδύνατο ποιεῖν οὐδέν.
34 ἀπεκρίθησαν καὶ εἶπαν αὐτῷ· Ἐν ἁμαρτίαις σὺ ἐγεννήθης ὅλος, καὶ σὺ διδάσκεις ἡμᾶς; καὶ ἐξέβαλον αὐτὸν ἔξω.
35 Ἤκουσεν Ἰησοῦς ὅτι ἐξέβαλον αὐτὸν ἔξω, καὶ εὑρὼν αὐτὸν εἶπεν· Σὺ πιστεύεις εἰς τὸν υἱὸν τοῦ ἀνθρώπου;
36 ἀπεκρίθη ἐκεῖνος καὶ εἶπεν· Καὶ τίς ἐστιν, κύριε, ἵνα πιστεύσω εἰς αὐτόν;
37 εἶπεν αὐτῷ ὁ Ἰησοῦς· Καὶ ἑώρακας αὐτὸν καὶ ὁ λαλῶν μετὰ σοῦ ἐκεῖνός ἐστιν.
38 ὁ δὲ ἔφη· Πιστεύω, κύριε· καὶ προσεκύνησεν αὐτῷ.
39 καὶ εἶπεν ὁ Ἰησοῦς· Εἰς κρίμα ἐγὼ εἰς τὸν κόσμον τοῦτον ἦλθον, ἵνα οἱ μὴ βλέποντες βλέπωσιν καὶ οἱ βλέποντες τυφλοὶ γένωνται.
40 ἤκουσαν ἐκ τῶν Φαρισαίων ταῦτα οἱ μετʼ αὐτοῦ ὄντες, καὶ εἶπον αὐτῷ· Μὴ καὶ ἡμεῖς τυφλοί ἐσμεν;
41 εἶπεν αὐτοῖς ὁ Ἰησοῦς· Εἰ τυφλοὶ ἦτε, οὐκ ἂν εἴχετε ἁμαρτίαν· νῦν δὲ λέγετε ὅτι Βλέπομεν· ἡ ἁμαρτία ὑμῶν μένει.
(1) And passing by, He saw a man blind from birth.
(2) And His disciples asked Him, saying, Teacher, who sinned, this one, or his parents, that he was born blind?
(3) Jesus answered, Neither this one nor his parents sinned, but that the works of God might be revealed in him.
(4) It behooves Me to work the works of Him who sent Me while it is day. Night comes when no one is able to work.
(5) While I am in the world, I am the Light of the world.
(6) Saying these things, He spat on the ground and made clay out of the spittle, and anointed clay on the blind one's eyes.
(7) And He said to him, Go, wash in the pool of Siloam, which translated is Sent. Then he went and washed, and came seeing.
(8) Then the neighbors and those who formerly saw him, that he was blind, said, Is this one not the one who had sat and begged?
(9) Some said, This is he; and others, He is like him. That one said, I am the one.
(10) Then they said to him, How were your eyes opened?
(11) He answered and said, A man being called Jesus made clay and anointed my eyes, and told me, Go to the pool of Siloam and wash. And going and washing I saw anew.
(12) Then they said to him, Where is that One? He said, I do not know.
(13) They brought him to the Pharisees, the one once blind.
(14) And it was a sabbath when Jesus made the clay and opened his eyes.
(15) Then also the Pharisees again asked him how he saw anew. And he said to them, He put clay on my eyes, and I washed, and I see.
(16) Then some of the Pharisees said, This man is not from God, because He does not keep the sabbath. Others said, How can a man, a sinner, do such miraculous signs? And there was a division among them.
(17) They said to the blind one again, What do you say about Him, because He opened your eyes? And he said, He is a prophet.
(18) Then the Jews did not believe concerning him, that he was blind and saw anew, until they called the parents of him seeing anew.
(19) And they asked them, saying, Is this your son, whom you say that he was born blind? Then how does he now see?
(20) His parents answered them and said, We know that this is our son, and that he was born blind.
(21) But how he now sees, we do not know; or who opened his eyes, we do not know. He is of age, ask him. He will speak about himself.
(22) His parents said these things because they feared the Jews; for the Jews had already agreed that if anyone should confess Him as Christ, he would be expelled from the synagogue.
(23) Because of this, his parents said, He is of age, ask him.
(24) Then a second time they called the man who was blind, and they said to him, Give glory to God. We know that this man is a sinner.
(25) Then he answered and said, Whether He is a sinner, I do not know. One thing I do know; that being blind, now I see.
(26) And they said to him again, What did He do to you? How did He open your eyes?
(27) He answered them, I told you already, and you did not hear. Why do you wish to hear again? Do you also desire to become disciples of Him?
(28) Then they reviled him and said, You are a disciple of that One, but we are disciples of Moses.
(29) We know that God has spoken by Moses, but this One, we do not know from where He is.
(30) The man answered and said to them, For there is a marvel in this, that you do not know from where He is, and He opened my eyes.
(31) But we know that God does not hear sinful ones, but if anyone is God fearing, and does His will, He hears that one.
(32) From the beginning of the age it was never heard that anyone opened the eyes of one having been born blind.
(33) If this One was not from God, He could not do anything.
(34) They answered and said to him, You were born wholly in sins, and do you teach us? And they threw him outside.
(35) Jesus heard that they threw him outside, and finding him, He said to him, Do you believe into the Son of God?
(36) And he answered and said, Who is He, Lord, that I may believe into Him?
(37) And Jesus said to him, Even you have seen Him, and He speaking with you is that One.
(38) And he said, I believe, Lord! And he worshiped Him.
(39) And Jesus said, I came into this world for judgment, that the ones not seeing may see, and the ones seeing may become blind.
(40) And those of the Pharisees who were with Him heard these things, and said to Him, Are we also blind?
(41) Jesus said to them, If you were blind, you would have no sin. But now you say, We see; therefore, your sin remains.
Scripture quotations marked SBLGNT are from the SBL Greek New Testament. Copyright © 2010 Society of Biblical Literature and Logos Bible Software. Holmes, M. W. (2011–2013). The Greek New Testament: SBL Edition. Lexham Press; Society of Biblical Literature.)
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“Pastors who hurry through everything or anything ... sends a message—a non-verbal message—that this is not that important, that we better get through this because time’s a-wasting here.”
Jeff Schwarz: “Bill writes: Why is it that most congregations and pastors race through the Lord’s Prayer? I thank God for giving me a teacher who would make us repeat the prayer until we spoke it slow enough before dismissing us for the day.”
Pr. Todd Wilken: “Oh, golly, you’ve touched upon one of my personal pet peeves which is pastors who hurry through everything or anything. We have field workers at our congregation—because we’re local to one of the Lutheran Church–Missouri Synod seminaries—they send guys over to get Sunday morning experience, as much as they can, given their place as seminarians. And one of the first things I tell all of our field workers, even though I’m not officially in charge of them—I get to watch—I’ll tell them:
‘You’ll notice something here at Trinity: We aren’t in a hurry. There’s no reason to be in a hurry on Sunday morning. The clock is not our god; it’s not our taskmaster. The clock on the back wall is not there to tell us when the service is supposed to be over. Your wristwatch is not there to tell you when the service is supposed to be over. This is like everything else that is important in the world, and this is the most important thing in the world. It’s going to take as long as it takes.
‘That doesn’t mean that we slow it down to the point where it’s tedious. We’ve all sat through an organist who plays the hymn too slow. You just know when too slow is too slow. That doesn’t mean that we slow it [way] down. But it does mean that we take ... our ... time.
‘You take your time doing things that are important to you. You go out for your 25th wedding anniversary. Do you gobble down the meal in ten minutes, pay the bill and rush out? No! You take your time.
‘You take your time doing things that are important and Sunday morning is the most important thing you will do every week. It’s the most important thing that God does for you every single week. So, take your time doing it. There’s no hurry.’
“And that’s why it’s one of my pet peeves: pastors who hurry through, say, the Lord’s Prayer or, worse yet, hurry through the Words of Institution in the Lord’s Supper. They don’t hurry through their sermons. But, boy, do they hurry through the words of Christ in the Lord’s Prayer and the Words of Institution of the Lord’s Supper.
“And it sends a message—a non-verbal message—that this is not that important, that we better get through this because time’s a-wasting here.
“So, my personal corrective to that is to slow down at those things. And to let those things be slower than they ordinarily are to emphasize their importance.
“So we say things that are important, when you speak to your children or you speak to someone else, and you want them to completely understand what you’re saying, you may even slow down to say it. These are important words. So we slow down. We don’t hurry.
“Why pastors do this? It’s a bad habit. I don’t think there’s any pastor worth his salt out there that thinks that the Lord’s Prayer isn’t important. If they do, they should be sent back to the oven of the seminary for further baking—they’re half-baked. Those words are not unimportant. But it’s a bad habit.
“And, every pastor can fall into it—things can become routine. And, you might just go up to your pastor and say, ‘Hey, pastor, during the Lord’s Prayer, slow down. You’re going too fast for me. Slow down.’ And he’ll get it—he’ll understand exactly what you’re saying. He’s not a dummy.”
— Listener Email and the Issues, Etc., Comment Line, 2016-July-27, 41:54–45:48, http://issuesetc.org/podcast/21030727161.mp3
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UPDATE: The Voters Assembly, at its regular meeting of Dec. 13, 2015, adopted its 2016 budget, and voted to continue as a member of the Issues, Etc. 300, for the 6th year.
The Voters Assembly at its regular meeting of January 9, 2011, adopted its 2011 budget. As part of its Missions budget is a line item for Issues, Etc. (via Lutheran Public Radio) and has become a member of the Issues, Etc. 300.