Tuesday after Trinity 1

7How precious is your steadfast love, | O God!*
         The children of mankind take refuge in the shadow | of your wings.

8They feast on the abundance | of your house,*
         and you give them drink from the river of | your delights.

9For with you is the foun- | tain of life;*
         in your light do | we see light.

10Oh, continue your steadfast love to those who | know you,*
         and your righteousness to the up- | right of heart!

11Let not the foot of arrogance come up- | on me,*
         nor the hand of the wicked drive | me away.

12There the evildoers lie | fallen;*
         they are thrust down, unable | to rise.
                  —Psalm 36:7–12

Additional Psalm: Psalm 44:1–8

Old Testament Reading: Proverbs 5:1–23
Warning Against Adultery
1My son, be attentive to my wisdom;
         incline your ear to my understanding,

2that you may keep discretion,
         and your lips may guard knowledge.

3For the lips of a forbidden woman drip honey,
         and her speech is smoother than oil,

4but in the end she is bitter as wormwood,
         sharp as a two-edged sword.

5Her feet go down to death;
         her steps follow the path to Sheol;

6she does not ponder the path of life;
         her ways wander, and she does not know it.

7And now, O sons, listen to me,
         and do not depart from the words of my mouth.

8Keep your way far from her,
         and do not go near the door of her house,

9lest you give your honor to others
         and your years to the merciless,

10lest strangers take their fill of your strength,
         and your labors go to the house of a foreigner,

11and at the end of your life you groan,
         when your flesh and body are consumed,

12and you say, “How I hated discipline,
         and my heart despised reproof!

13I did not listen to the voice of my teachers
         or incline my ear to my instructors.

14I am at the brink of utter ruin
         in the assembled congregation.”

15Drink water from your own cistern,
         flowing water from your own well.

16Should your springs be scattered abroad,
         streams of water in the streets?

17Let them be for yourself alone,
         and not for strangers with you.

18Let your fountain be blessed,
         and rejoice in the wife of your youth, 19a lovely deer, a graceful doe.
Let her breasts fill you at all times with delight;
         be intoxicated always in her love.

20Why should you be intoxicated, my son, with a forbidden woman
         and embrace the bosom of an adulteress?

21For a man’s ways are before the eyes of the LORD,
         and he ponders all his paths.

22The iniquities of the wicked ensnare him,
         and he is held fast in the cords of his sin.

23He dies for lack of discipline,
         and because of his great folly he is led astray.

Additional Reading: Proverbs 6:1–7:27

New Testament Reading: John 12:20–36a
Some Greeks Seek Jesus
20Now among those who went up to worship at the feast were some Greeks. 21So these came to Philip, who was from Bethsaida in Galilee, and asked him, “Sir, we wish to see Jesus.” 22Philip went and told Andrew; Andrew and Philip went and told Jesus. 23And Jesus answered them, “The hour has come for the Son of Man to be glorified. 24Truly, truly, I say to you, unless a grain of wheat falls into the earth and dies, it remains alone; but if it dies, it bears much fruit. 25Whoever loves his life loses it, and whoever hates his life in this world will keep it for eternal life. 26If anyone serves me, he must follow me; and where I am, there will my servant be also. If anyone serves me, the Father will honor him.

The Son of Man Must Be Lifted Up
27“Now is my soul troubled. And what shall I say? ‘Father, save me from this hour’? But for this purpose I have come to this hour. 28Father, glorify your name.” Then a voice came from heaven: “I have glorified it, and I will glorify it again.” 29The crowd that stood there and heard it said that it had thundered. Others said, “An angel has spoken to him.” 30Jesus answered, “This voice has come for your sake, not mine. 31Now is the judgment of this world; now will the ruler of this world be cast out. 32And I, when I am lifted up from the earth, will draw all people to myself.” 33He said this to show by what kind of death he was going to die. 34So the crowd answered him, “We have heard from the Law that the Christ remains forever. How can you say that the Son of Man must be lifted up? Who is this Son of Man?” 35So Jesus said to them, “The light is among you for a little while longer. Walk while you have the light, lest darkness overtake you. The one who walks in the darkness does not know where he is going. 36While you have the light, believe in the light, that you may become sons of light.”

Since the mingled cup and the bread that has been made receive the Word of God, and the Eucharist becomes the blood and the body of Christ from which the substance of our flesh is increased and supported, how can they affirm that the flesh is incapable of receiving the gift of God, which is eternal life? And this flesh is nourished from the body and blood of the Lord and is a member of Him. This is exactly what the blessed Paul declares in his Epistle to the Ephesians when he says that “we are members of His body, of His flesh, and of His bones” [Eph. 5:30]. He does not say this about some spiritual and invisible person, for a spirit does not have bones or flesh [cf. Luke 24:39]. Rather, he is referring to the time when the Lord became an actual man, consisting of flesh and nerves and bones. Our flesh, then, is nourished by the cup that is His blood and receives increase from the bread that is His body. Just as a cutting from the vine planted in the ground bears fruit in due season or a kernel of wheat falling into the earth and decomposing rises and is multiplied by the Spirit of God who contains all things—and then, through the wisdom of God, serves for our use when, after receiving the Word of God, it becomes the Eucharist that is the body and blood of Christ—in the same way our bodies, being nourished by it and deposited in the earth and suffering decomposition there, shall rise at their appointed time. The Word of God grants them resurrection to the glory of God, even the Father, who freely gives to this mortal immortality and to this corruptible incorruption [1 Cor. 15:53]. This is so because the strength of God is made perfect in weakness [2 Cor. 12:3] in order that we may never become puffed up, as if we had life from ourselves, or become exalted against God with ungrateful minds.
                  —Irenaeus of Lyons

What these sacrifices promised
         From a God who sought to bless,

Came at last—a second Adam—
         Priest and King of Righteousness:

Son of God, incarnate Savior,
         Son of Man, both Christ and Lord,

Who in naked shame would offer
         On the cross His blood outpoured. (LSB 572:3)

Prayer of the Day
Merciful God, Your Son, Jesus Christ, was lifted high upon the cross that He might bear the sins of the world and draw all people to Himself. Grant that we who glory in His death for our redemption may faithfully heed His call to bear the cross and follow Him, who lives and reigns with You and the Holy Spirit, one God, now and forever. (F27)

Suggested Reading from the Book of Concord
Small Catechism Part III