An Eastertide Reflection from Martin Luther

From Concordia Academic blog. Martin Luther’s preaching during Eastertide in 1544 and 1545 provided his listeners with four sermons on 1 Corinthians 15, the great resurrection chapter of St. Paul. “It would be better,” Luther wrote, “to give this season its due and, between Easter and Pentecost, for the instruction and comfort of the people, … Continue reading

Lenten Catechesis—Monday of Lent 5

The Keys The authority of the Keys [Matthew 16:19], or the authority of the bishops—according to the Gospel—is a power or commandment of God, to preach the Gospel, to forgive and retain sins, and to administer Sacraments. Christ sends out His apostles with this command, “As the Father has sent Me, even so I am … Continue reading

Lenten Catechesis—Fifth Sunday in Lent

Confession This is what St. John the Evangelist writes in chapter twenty: The Lord Jesus breathed on His disciples and said, “Receive the Holy Spirit. If you forgive anyone his sins, they are forgiven; if you do not forgive them, they are not forgiven.” — John 20:22-23 Lenten Catechesis from Treasury of Daily Prayer © … Continue reading

Lenten Catechesis—Saturday of Lent 4

Holy Baptism—Who receives what Baptism gives and profits? Baptism does not become invalid even though it is wrongly received or used. As stated above, it is not bound to our faith, but to the Word. Suppose a Jewish person should come dishonestly today and with evil intent, and we should baptize him in all good … Continue reading