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07 July 2013

Sermon: Proper 9C (OT)

7 July AD 2013
Pentecost 7

Title: Babied and Blessed (MP3 Audio)

Mary Cassat: Mother Berthe Holding Her Baby Summary: The expression “babe in the woods” describes someone helpless, naïve, innocent, inexperienced, and gullible. Besides the innocence, at least from sin, all of these describe to some degree our own spiritual maturity and certainly speak to our inability so save ourselves.

Babies — weak, easily injured, and unable to support or defend themselves — are how God depicts the exiles banished to Babylon. Yet they are not left helpless, for He tells them how Jerusalem will once again be their mother, their refuge, their comfort.

We have been joined into the house of Israel through Baptism. By faith, we live as the children of Abraham. As such, we know that the promises of blessing belong to us as well as to Isaiah’s Judah. We, also, have a mother to shower love upon us.

While awaiting the fulfillment of the new Jerusalem, we still live in Christ’s Church, the Jerusalem of faith. She is the mother who wraps herself around us, holding, comforting, and consoling. She bore us through the womb of the font and gathers us to hear God’s forgiving Word and to feed on Jesus’ body and blood.

As long as we live, we’ll never outgrow our need to nurse upon her pure spiritual milk, to rest in the lap of Christian worship. We must continue having our soiled garments cleansed, our hunger fed, our thirst slaked, and our fears calmed. Whether held tightly to the Church’s breast or dandled joyfully on her lap, we receive the nurture we need throughout all our earthly days.

Andrea Solario: Jesus and Mary Text: “Rejoice with Jerusalem, and be glad for her, all you who love her; rejoice with her in joy, all you who mourn over her; that you may nurse and be satisfied from her consoling breast; that you may drink deeply with delight from her glorious abundance.”

For thus says the Lord: “Behold, I will extend peace to her like a river, and the glory of the nations like an overflowing stream; and you shall nurse, you shall be carried upon her hip, and bounced upon her knees.

“As one whom his mother comforts, so I will comfort you; you shall be comforted in Jerusalem. You shall see, and your heart shall rejoice; your bones shall flourish like the grass; and the hand of the Lord shall be known to his servants, and he shall show his indignation against his enemies.” Isaiah 66:10-14

Scripture quoted from The Holy Bible, English Standard Version®, © 2001 by Crossway Bibles, a publishing ministry of Good News Publishers. Used by permission. All rights reserved.

Audio: Click to hear the MP3 of Babied and Blessed. Preached to the saints of God at Shepherd of the Hills Lutheran Church, Fayette, Missouri.

NB: For some reason, a few people have had problems trying to play the inline audio if Windows Media is their default MP3 player. If this occurs, you can either change to QuickTime or another default browser player, copy and paste the link directly into a selected player, or download it to your computer, where it seems to work regardless of which player. Several folks have suggested VLC Player from VideoLAN.

Other Readings: Psalm 66:1-7; Galatians 6:1-10, 14-18; Luke 10:1-20

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