Thursday after Trinity 2

1Oh give thanks to the LORD, for | he is good,*
         for his steadfast love endures for- | ever!

2Let the redeemed of the LORD | say so,*
         whom he has redeemed from | trouble

3and gathered in | from the lands,*
         from the east and from the west, from the north and | from the south.

4Some wandered in | desert wastes,*
         finding no way to a city to | dwell in;

5hungry and | thirsty,*
         their soul fainted with- | in them.

6Then they cried to the LORD in their | trouble,*
         and he delivered them from | their distress.

7He led them by a | straight way*
         till they reached a city to | dwell in.

8Let them thank the LORD for his | steadfast love,*
         for his wondrous works to the chil- | dren of men!

9For he satisfies the | longing soul,*
         and the hungry soul he fills | with good things.
                  —Psalm 107:1–9

Additional Psalm: Psalm 107

Old Testament Reading: Proverbs 17:1–28
[The Proverbs of Solomon]
1Better is a dry morsel with quiet
         than a house full of feasting with strife.

2A servant who deals wisely will rule over a son who acts shamefully
         and will share the inheritance as one of the brothers.

3The crucible is for silver, and the furnace is for gold,
         and the LORD tests hearts.

4An evildoer listens to wicked lips,
         and a liar gives ear to a mischievous tongue.

5Whoever mocks the poor insults his Maker;
         he who is glad at calamity will not go unpunished.

6Grandchildren are the crown of the aged,
         and the glory of children is their fathers.

7Fine speech is not becoming to a fool;
         still less is false speech to a prince.

8A bribe is like a magic stone in the eyes of the one who gives it;
         wherever he turns he prospers.

9Whoever covers an offense seeks love,
         but he who repeats a matter separates close friends.

10A rebuke goes deeper into a man of understanding
         than a hundred blows into a fool.

11An evil man seeks only rebellion,
         and a cruel messenger will be sent against him.

12Let a man meet a she-bear robbed of her cubs
         rather than a fool in his folly.

13If anyone returns evil for good,
         evil will not depart from his house.

14The beginning of strife is like letting out water,
         so quit before the quarrel breaks out.

15He who justifies the wicked and he who condemns the righteous
         are both alike an abomination to the LORD.

16Why should a fool have money in his hand to buy wisdom
         when he has no sense?

17A friend loves at all times,
         and a brother is born for adversity.

18One who lacks sense gives a pledge
         and puts up security in the presence of his neighbor.

19Whoever loves transgression loves strife;
         he who makes his door high seeks destruction.

20A man of crooked heart does not discover good,
         and one with a dishonest tongue falls into calamity.

21He who sires a fool gets himself sorrow,
         and the father of a fool has no joy.

22A joyful heart is good medicine,
         but a crushed spirit dries up the bones.

23The wicked accepts a bribe in secret
         to pervert the ways of justice.

24The discerning sets his face toward wisdom,
         but the eyes of a fool are on the ends of the earth.

25A foolish son is a grief to his father
         and bitterness to her who bore him.

26To impose a fine on a righteous man is not good,
         nor to strike the noble for their uprightness.

27Whoever restrains his words has knowledge,
         and he who has a cool spirit is a man of understanding.

28Even a fool who keeps silent is considered wise;
         when he closes his lips, he is deemed intelligent.

Additional Reading: Proverbs 18:1–20:4

New Testament Reading: John 16:17–33
[Your Sorrow Will Turn into Joy]
17So some of his disciples said to one another, “What is this that he says to us, ‘A little while, and you will not see me, and again a little while, and you will see me’; and, ‘because I am going to the Father’?” 18So they were saying, “What does he mean by ‘a little while’? We do not know what he is talking about.” 19Jesus knew that they wanted to ask him, so he said to them, “Is this what you are asking yourselves, what I meant by saying, ‘A little while and you will not see me, and again a little while and you will see me’? 20Truly, truly, I say to you, you will weep and lament, but the world will rejoice. You will be sorrowful, but your sorrow will turn into joy. 21When a woman is giving birth, she has sorrow because her hour has come, but when she has delivered the baby, she no longer remembers the anguish, for joy that a human being has been born into the world. 22So also you have sorrow now, but I will see you again, and your hearts will rejoice, and no one will take your joy from you. 23In that day you will ask nothing of me. Truly, truly, I say to you, whatever you ask of the Father in my name, he will give it to you. 24Until now you have asked nothing in my name. Ask, and you will receive, that your joy may be full.

I Have Overcome the World
25“I have said these things to you in figures of speech. The hour is coming when I will no longer speak to you in figures of speech but will tell you plainly about the Father. 26In that day you will ask in my name, and I do not say to you that I will ask the Father on your behalf; 27for the Father himself loves you, because you have loved me and have believed that I came from God. 28I came from the Father and have come into the world, and now I am leaving the world and going to the Father.”

29His disciples said, “Ah, now you are speaking plainly and not using figurative speech! 30Now we know that you know all things and do not need anyone to question you; this is why we believe that you came from God.” 31Jesus answered them, “Do you now believe? 32Behold, the hour is coming, indeed it has come, when you will be scattered, each to his own home, and will leave me alone. Yet I am not alone, for the Father is with me. 33I have said these things to you, that in me you may have peace. In the world you will have tribulation. But take heart; I have overcome the world.”

Therefore, we will show that the adversaries truly make the saints not just intercessors, but atonement makers, that is, mediators of redemption. Here we will not describe the abuses of the common people. We are still speaking about the opinions of the doctors. Regarding the rest, even the inexperienced can judge.

In a person who makes atonement, two things are required. First, there should be a Word of God from which we certainly know that God wants to pity, and listen to, those calling upon Him through this atonement maker. There is such a promise about Christ, “Whatever you ask of the Father in My name, He will give it to you” (John 16:23). There is no such promise about the saints. Therefore, consciences cannot be completely confident that we are heard by the invocation of saints. This invocation, therefore, does not spring from faith. We also have the command to call upon Christ:

“Come to Me, all who labor. (Matthew 11:28)

In that day the root of Jesse, who shall stand as a signal for the peoples—of Him shall the nations inquire. (Isaiah 11:10)

The people of Tyre will seek Your favor with gifts, the richest of the people. (Psalm 45:12)

May all kings fall down before Him. (Psalm 72:11)

May prayer be made for Him continually. (Psalm 72:15)

That all may honor the Son, just as they honor the Father. (John 5:23)

Now may our Lord Jesus Christ Himself, and God our Father … comfort your hearts and establish them. (2 Thessalonians 2:16–17)
                  —Apology of the Augsburg Confession XXI 16–18

Grant us Thy peace throughout our earthly life,

Our balm in sorrow and our stay in strife;

Then, when Thy voice shall bid our conflict cease,

Call us, O Lord, to Thine eternal peace. (LSB 917:4)

Prayer of the Day
O King of glory, Lord of hosts, uplifted in triumph far above all heavens, leave us not without consolation but send us the Spirit of truth whom You promised from the Father; for You live and reign with Him and the Holy Spirit, one God, now and forever. (L48)

Suggested Reading from the Book of Concord
Augsburg Confession I–II

By Rev. Michael Mayer

Lutheran Pastor of two small Lutheran Churches in rural SW Ontario.