October 18th, 2018
St. Luke the Evangelist
Almighty God, our Father,Your blessed Son called Luke the physician to be an evangelist and physician of the soul. Grant that the healing medicine of the Gospel and the Sacraments may put to flight the diseases of our souls that with willing hearts we may ever love and serve You; through Jesus Christ, Your Son, our Lord, who lives and reigns with You and the Holy Spirit, one God, now and forever.
Old Testament (LSB): Isaiah 35:5-8
5 Then the eyes of the blind shall be opened,
And the ears of the deaf shall be unstopped.
6 Then the lame shall leap like a deer,
And the tongue of the dumb sing.
For waters shall burst forth in the wilderness,
And streams in the desert.
7 The parched ground shall become a pool,
And the thirsty land springs of water;
In the habitation of jackals, where each lay,
There shall be grass with reeds and rushes.
8 A highway shall be there, and a road,
And it shall be called the Highway of Holiness.
The unclean shall not pass over it,
But it shall be for others.
Whoever walks the road, although a fool,
Shall not go astray.
Epistle: 2 Tim. 4:5-15
5 But you be watchful in all things, endure afflictions, do the work of an evangelist, fulfill your ministry.
6 For I am already being poured out as a drink offering, and the time of my departure is at hand. 7 I have fought the good fight, I have finished the race, I have kept the faith. 8 Finally, there is laid up for me the crown of righteousness, which the Lord, the righteous Judge, will give to me on that Day, and not to me only but also to all who have loved His appearing.
The Abandoned Apostle
9 Be diligent to come to me quickly; 10 for Demas has forsaken me, having loved this present world, and has departed for Thessalonica—Crescens for Galatia, Titus for Dalmatia. 11 Only Luke is with me. Get Mark and bring him with you, for he is useful to me for ministry. 12 And Tychicus I have sent to Ephesus. 13 Bring the cloak that I left with Carpus at Troas when you come—and the books, especially the parchments. 14 Alexander the coppersmith did me much harm. May the Lord repay him according to his works. 15 You also must beware of him, for he has greatly resisted our words.
Gospel: Luke 10:1-9
The Seventy Sent Out
1 After these things the Lord appointed seventy others also,[a] and sent them two by two before His face into every city and place where He Himself was about to go. 2 Then He said to them, “The harvest truly is great, but the laborers are few; therefore pray the Lord of the harvest to send out laborers into His harvest. 3 Go your way; behold, I send you out as lambs among wolves. 4 Carry neither money bag, knapsack, nor sandals; and greet no one along the road. 5 But whatever house you enter, first say, ‘Peace to this house.’ 6 And if a son of peace is there, your peace will rest on it; if not, it will return to you. 7 And remain in the same house, eating and drinking such things as they give, for the laborer is worthy of his wages. Do not go from house to house. 8 Whatever city you enter, and they receive you, eat such things as are set before you. 9 And heal the sick there, and say to them, ‘The kingdom of God has come near to you.’Footnotes:
Luke 10:1 NU-Text reads seventy-two others.
First Reading: Deut. 17:1-20
“You shall not sacrifice to the LORD your God a bull or sheep which has any blemish or
defect, for that is
an abomination to the LORD your God. 2
“If there is found among you, within any of your gates which the LORD your God gives you, a man or a woman who has been wicked in the sight of the LORD your God, in transgressing His covenant, 3
who has gone and served other gods and worshiped them, either the sun or moon or any of the host of heaven, which I have not commanded, 4
and it is told you, and you hear of it,
then you shall inquire diligently. And if it is
indeed true and
certain that such an abomination has been committed in Israel, 5
then you shall bring out to your gates that man or woman who has committed that wicked thing, and shall stone to death that man or woman with stones. 6
Whoever is deserving of death shall be put to death on the testimony of two or three witnesses; he shall not be put to death on the testimony of one witness. 7
The hands of the witnesses shall be the first against him to put him to death, and afterward the hands of all the people. So you shall put away the evil from among you. 8
“If a matter arises which is too hard for you to judge, between degrees of guilt for bloodshed, between one judgment or another, or between one punishment or another, matters of controversy within your gates, then you shall arise and go up to the place which the LORD your God chooses. 9
And you shall come to the priests, the Levites, and to the judge there
in those days, and inquire of them;
they shall pronounce upon you the sentence of judgment. 10
You shall do according to the sentence which they pronounce upon you in that place which the LORD chooses. And you shall be careful to do according to all that they order you. 11
According to the sentence of the law in which they instruct you, according to the judgment which they tell you, you shall do; you shall not turn aside to
the right hand or to
the left from the sentence which they pronounce upon you. 12
Now the man who acts presumptuously and will not heed the priest who stands to minister there before the LORD your God, or the judge, that man shall die. So you shall put away the evil from Israel. 13
And all the people shall hear and fear, and no longer act presumptuously.
Principles Governing Kings 14
“When you come to the land which the LORD your God is giving you, and possess it and dwell in it, and say, ‘I will set a king over me like all the nations that are
around me,’ 15
you shall surely set a king over you whom the LORD your God chooses; one
from among your brethren you shall set as king over you; you may not set a foreigner over you, who is
not your brother. 16
But he shall not multiply horses for himself, nor cause the people to return to Egypt to multiply horses, for the LORD has said to you, ‘You shall not return that way again.’ 17
Neither shall he multiply wives for himself, lest his heart turn away; nor shall he greatly multiply silver and gold for himself. 18
“Also it shall be, when he sits on the throne of his kingdom, that he shall write for himself a copy of this law in a book, from the one
before the priests, the Levites. 19
And it shall be with him, and he shall read it all the days of his life, that he may learn to fear the LORD his God and be careful to observe all the words of this law and these statutes, 20
that his heart may not be lifted above his brethren, that he may not turn aside from the commandment to
the right hand or to
the left, and that he may prolong his
days in his kingdom, he and his children in the midst of Israel.
Second Reading: Matt. 14:1-21
John the Baptist Beheaded 1
At that time Herod the tetrarch heard the report about Jesus 2
and said to his servants, “This is John the Baptist; he is risen from the dead, and therefore these powers are at work in him.” 3
For Herod had laid hold of John and bound him, and put him
in prison for the sake of Herodias, his brother Philip’s wife. 4
Because John had said to him, “It is not lawful for you to have her.” 5
And although he wanted to put him to death, he feared the multitude, because they counted him as a prophet. 6
But when Herod’s birthday was celebrated, the daughter of Herodias danced before them and pleased Herod. 7
Therefore he promised with an oath to give her whatever she might ask. 8
So she, having been prompted by her mother, said, “Give me John the Baptist’s head here on a platter.” 9
And the king was sorry; nevertheless, because of the oaths and because of those who sat with him, he commanded it
to be given to her. 10
So he sent and had John beheaded in prison. 11
And his head was brought on a platter and given to the girl, and she brought it
to her mother. 12
Then his disciples came and took away the body and buried it, and went and told Jesus.
Feeding the Five Thousand 13
When Jesus heard it,
He departed from there by boat to a deserted place by Himself. But when the multitudes heard it, they followed Him on foot from the cities. 14
And when Jesus went out He saw a great multitude; and He was moved with compassion for them, and healed their sick. 15
When it was evening, His disciples came to Him, saying, “This is a deserted place, and the hour is already late. Send the multitudes away, that they may go into the villages and buy themselves food.” 16
But Jesus said to them, “They do not need to go away. You give them something to eat.” 17
And they said to Him, “We have here only five loaves and two fish.” 18
He said, “Bring them here to Me.” 19
Then He commanded the multitudes to sit down on the grass. And He took the five loaves and the two fish, and looking up to heaven, He blessed and broke and gave the loaves to the disciples; and the disciples gave to the multitudes. 20
So they all ate and were filled, and they took up twelve baskets full of the fragments that remained. 21
Now those who had eaten were about five thousand men, besides women and children.