March 24th, 2019

Oculi (Lent 3)


Explanation of the Week

Jeremiah was charged with speaking evil when he spoke the word of the Lord. (Jer 26:1-15) So also, Jesus is accused of doing evil when in fact He is doing good. He casts out a demon from a mute man so that he is able to speak. (Lk 11:14-28) But some said Jesus did this by the power of Beelzebub, Satan. Like Pharaoh of old, their hearts were hard. (Ex 8:16-24) They did not recognize the finger of God, the power of the Holy Spirit at work in and through Jesus. Jesus is the Stronger Man who overcomes the strong man. He takes the devil's armor of sin and death and destroys it from the inside out by the holy cross. He exorcizes and frees us by water and the Word. We were once darkness, but now we are light in Christ the Lord. (Eph 5:1-9) As children of light our tongues are loosed to give thanks to Him who saved us. In a world where demons roam we confess, "My eyes are ever toward the Lord, for He shall pluck my feet out of the net." (Introit)

Introit

Antiphon:
My eyes are ever | toward the LORD,*
     for He shall pluck my feet out | of the net.
Turn Yourself to me, and have mer- | cy on me,*
     for I am desolate and af- | flicted. (Psalm 25:15-16)

Psalm:
To You, O LORD, I lift | up my soul.*
     O my God, I trust in You; let me not | be ashamed;
the troubles of my heart | have enlarged;*
     bring me out of | my distresses!
Look on my affliction | and my pain,*
     and forgive | all my sins.
Keep my soul, and de- | liver me;*
     let me not be ashamed, for I put my | trust in You. (Psalm 25:1-2, 17-18, 20)

Collect (LSB)

O God, whose glory it is always to have mercy, be gracious to all who have gone astray from Your ways and bring them again with penitent hearts and steadfast faith to embrace and hold fast the unchangeable truth of Your Word; through Jesus Christ, Your Son, our Lord, who lives and reigns with You and the Holy Spirit, one God, now and forever. Amen.

Collect (TLH)

We beseech Thee, Almighty God, look upon the hearty desires of Thy humble servants and stretch forth the right hand of Thy majesty to be our defense against all our enemies; through Jesus Christ, Thy Son, our Lord, who liveth and reigneth with Thee and the Holy Ghost, ever one God, world without end. Amen.

Collecta Latina

Quaesumus omnipotens Deus, vota humilium respice, atque ad defensionem nostram, et dexteram tuae majestatis extende. Per Dominum nostrum Jesum Christum filium tuum, qui tecum vivit et regnat in unitate Spiritus sancti Deus. Per omnia secula seculorum, Amen.

Old Testament (LSB): Exodus 8:16-24


 16And the LORD said unto Moses, Say unto Aaron, Stretch out thy rod, and smite the dust of the land, that it may become lice throughout all the land of Egypt.

 17And they did so; for Aaron stretched out his hand with his rod, and smote the dust of the earth, and it became lice in man, and in beast; all the dust of the land became lice throughout all the land of Egypt.

 18And the magicians did so with their enchantments to bring forth lice, but they could not: so there were lice upon man, and upon beast.

 19Then the magicians said unto Pharaoh, This is the finger of God: and Pharaoh's heart was hardened, and he hearkened not unto them; as the LORD had said.

 20And the LORD said unto Moses, Rise up early in the morning, and stand before Pharaoh; lo, he cometh forth to the water; and say unto him, Thus saith the LORD, Let my people go, that they may serve me.

 21Else, if thou wilt not let my people go, behold, I will send swarms of flies upon thee, and upon thy servants, and upon thy people, and into thy houses: and the houses of the Egyptians shall be full of swarms of flies, and also the ground whereon they are.

 22And I will sever in that day the land of Goshen, in which my people dwell, that no swarms of flies shall be there; to the end thou mayest know that I am the LORD in the midst of the earth.

 23And I will put a division between my people and thy people: to morrow shall this sign be.

 24And the LORD did so; and there came a grievous swarm of flies into the house of Pharaoh, and into his servants' houses, and into all the land of Egypt: the land was corrupted by reason of the swarm of flies.



Old Testament: 2 Sam. 22:1-7


 1And David spake unto the LORD the words of this song in the day that the LORD had delivered him out of the hand of all his enemies, and out of the hand of Saul:

 2And he said, The LORD is my rock, and my fortress, and my deliverer;

 3The God of my rock; in him will I trust: he is my shield, and the horn of my salvation, my high tower, and my refuge, my saviour; thou savest me from violence.

 4I will call on the LORD, who is worthy to be praised: so shall I be saved from mine enemies.

 5When the waves of death compassed me, the floods of ungodly men made me afraid;

 6The sorrows of hell compassed me about; the snares of death prevented me;

 7In my distress I called upon the LORD, and cried to my God: and he did hear my voice out of his temple, and my cry did enter into his ears.



Gradual

Arise, O LORD, do not let | man prevail;*
     let the nations be judged | in Your sight.
When my ene- | mies turn back,*
     they shall fall and perish at Your | presence. (Psalm 9:19, 3)

Epistle: Eph. 5:1-9


 1Be ye therefore followers of God, as dear children;

 2And walk in love, as Christ also hath loved us, and hath given himself for us an offering and a sacrifice to God for a sweetsmelling savour.

 3But fornication, and all uncleanness, or covetousness, let it not be once named among you, as becometh saints;

 4Neither filthiness, nor foolish talking, nor jesting, which are not convenient: but rather giving of thanks.

 5For this ye know, that no whoremonger, nor unclean person, nor covetous man, who is an idolater, hath any inheritance in the kingdom of Christ and of God.

 6Let no man deceive you with vain words: for because of these things cometh the wrath of God upon the children of disobedience.

 7Be not ye therefore partakers with them.

 8For ye were sometimes darkness, but now are ye light in the Lord: walk as children of light:

 9(For the fruit of the Spirit is in all goodness and righteousness and truth;)



Verse

Unto You I lift | up my eyes,*
     O You who dwell in the | heavens.
Behold, as the eyes of | servants*
     look to the hand of their | masters.
So our eyes look to the | LORD our God,*
     until He has mer- | cy on us.
Have mercy on | us, O LORD,*
     Have mercy | on us! (Psalm 123:1–3)

Gospel: Luke 11:14-28


 14And he was casting out a devil, and it was dumb. And it came to pass, when the devil was gone out, the dumb spake; and the people wondered.

 15But some of them said, He casteth out devils through Beelzebub the chief of the devils.

 16And others, tempting him, sought of him a sign from heaven.

 17But he, knowing their thoughts, said unto them, Every kingdom divided against itself is brought to desolation; and a house divided against a house falleth.

 18If Satan also be divided against himself, how shall his kingdom stand? because ye say that I cast out devils through Beelzebub.

 19And if I by Beelzebub cast out devils, by whom do your sons cast them out? therefore shall they be your judges.

 20But if I with the finger of God cast out devils, no doubt the kingdom of God is come upon you.

 21When a strong man armed keepeth his palace, his goods are in peace:

 22But when a stronger than he shall come upon him, and overcome him, he taketh from him all his armour wherein he trusted, and divideth his spoils.

 23He that is not with me is against me: and he that gathereth not with me scattereth.

 24When the unclean spirit is gone out of a man, he walketh through dry places, seeking rest; and finding none, he saith, I will return unto my house whence I came out.

 25And when he cometh, he findeth it swept and garnished.

 26Then goeth he, and taketh to him seven other spirits more wicked than himself; and they enter in, and dwell there: and the last state of that man is worse than the first.

 27And it came to pass, as he spake these things, a certain woman of the company lifted up her voice, and said unto him, Blessed is the womb that bare thee, and the paps which thou hast sucked.

 28But he said, Yea rather, blessed are they that hear the word of God, and keep it.



Offertory

The statutes of the LORD are right, rejoicing the heart; Sweeter also than honey and the honeycomb: Moreover by them Your servant is warned. (Psalm 19)

Matins Psalm(s): Ps. 43


 1Judge me, O God, and plead my cause against an ungodly nation: O deliver me from the deceitful and unjust man.

 2For thou art the God of my strength: why dost thou cast me off? why go I mourning because of the oppression of the enemy?

 3O send out thy light and thy truth: let them lead me; let them bring me unto thy holy hill, and to thy tabernacles.

 4Then will I go unto the altar of God, unto God my exceeding joy: yea, upon the harp will I praise thee, O God my God.

 5Why art thou cast down, O my soul? and why art thou disquieted within me? hope in God: for I shall yet praise him, who is the health of my countenance, and my God.



First Reading: Gen. 27:30-45; 28:10-20


 30And it came to pass, as soon as Isaac had made an end of blessing Jacob, and Jacob was yet scarce gone out from the presence of Isaac his father, that Esau his brother came in from his hunting.

 31And he also had made savoury meat, and brought it unto his father, and said unto his father, Let my father arise, and eat of his son's venison, that thy soul may bless me.

 32And Isaac his father said unto him, Who art thou? And he said, I am thy son, thy firstborn Esau.

 33And Isaac trembled very exceedingly, and said, Who? where is he that hath taken venison, and brought it me, and I have eaten of all before thou camest, and have blessed him? yea, and he shall be blessed.

 34And when Esau heard the words of his father, he cried with a great and exceeding bitter cry, and said unto his father, Bless me, even me also, O my father.

 35And he said, Thy brother came with subtilty, and hath taken away thy blessing.

 36And he said, Is not he rightly named Jacob? for he hath supplanted me these two times: he took away my birthright; and, behold, now he hath taken away my blessing. And he said, Hast thou not reserved a blessing for me?

 37And Isaac answered and said unto Esau, Behold, I have made him thy lord, and all his brethren have I given to him for servants; and with corn and wine have I sustained him: and what shall I do now unto thee, my son?

 38And Esau said unto his father, Hast thou but one blessing, my father? bless me, even me also, O my father. And Esau lifted up his voice, and wept.

 39And Isaac his father answered and said unto him, Behold, thy dwelling shall be the fatness of the earth, and of the dew of heaven from above;

 40And by thy sword shalt thou live, and shalt serve thy brother; and it shall come to pass when thou shalt have the dominion, that thou shalt break his yoke from off thy neck.

 41And Esau hated Jacob because of the blessing wherewith his father blessed him: and Esau said in his heart, The days of mourning for my father are at hand; then will I slay my brother Jacob.

 42And these words of Esau her elder son were told to Rebekah: and she sent and called Jacob her younger son, and said unto him, Behold, thy brother Esau, as touching thee, doth comfort himself, purposing to kill thee.

 43Now therefore, my son, obey my voice; arise, flee thou to Laban my brother to Haran;

 44And tarry with him a few days, until thy brother's fury turn away;

 45Until thy brother's anger turn away from thee, and he forget that which thou hast done to him: then I will send, and fetch thee from thence: why should I be deprived also of you both in one day?





Vespers Psalm(s): Ps. 86


 1Bow down thine ear, O LORD, hear me: for I am poor and needy.

 2Preserve my soul; for I am holy: O thou my God, save thy servant that trusteth in thee.

 3Be merciful unto me, O Lord: for I cry unto thee daily.

 4Rejoice the soul of thy servant: for unto thee, O Lord, do I lift up my soul.

 5For thou, Lord, art good, and ready to forgive; and plenteous in mercy unto all them that call upon thee.

 6Give ear, O LORD, unto my prayer; and attend to the voice of my supplications.

 7In the day of my trouble I will call upon thee: for thou wilt answer me.

 8Among the gods there is none like unto thee, O Lord; neither are there any works like unto thy works.

 9All nations whom thou hast made shall come and worship before thee, O Lord; and shall glorify thy name.

 10For thou art great, and doest wondrous things: thou art God alone.

 11Teach me thy way, O LORD; I will walk in thy truth: unite my heart to fear thy name.

 12I will praise thee, O Lord my God, with all my heart: and I will glorify thy name for evermore.

 13For great is thy mercy toward me: and thou hast delivered my soul from the lowest hell.

 14O God, the proud are risen against me, and the assemblies of violent men have sought after my soul; and have not set thee before them.

 15But thou, O Lord, art a God full of compassion, and gracious, long suffering, and plenteous in mercy and truth.

 16O turn unto me, and have mercy upon me; give thy strength unto thy servant, and save the son of thine handmaid.

 17Shew me a token for good; that they which hate me may see it, and be ashamed: because thou, LORD, hast holpen me, and comforted me.



Second Reading: Mk. 9:1-13


 1And he said unto them, Verily I say unto you, That there be some of them that stand here, which shall not taste of death, till they have seen the kingdom of God come with power.

 2And after six days Jesus taketh with him Peter, and James, and John, and leadeth them up into an high mountain apart by themselves: and he was transfigured before them.

 3And his raiment became shining, exceeding white as snow; so as no fuller on earth can white them.

 4And there appeared unto them Elias with Moses: and they were talking with Jesus.

 5And Peter answered and said to Jesus, Master, it is good for us to be here: and let us make three tabernacles; one for thee, and one for Moses, and one for Elias.

 6For he wist not what to say; for they were sore afraid.

 7And there was a cloud that overshadowed them: and a voice came out of the cloud, saying, This is my beloved Son: hear him.

 8And suddenly, when they had looked round about, they saw no man any more, save Jesus only with themselves.

 9And as they came down from the mountain, he charged them that they should tell no man what things they had seen, till the Son of man were risen from the dead.

 10And they kept that saying with themselves, questioning one with another what the rising from the dead should mean.

 11And they asked him, saying, Why say the scribes that Elias must first come?

 12And he answered and told them, Elias verily cometh first, and restoreth all things; and how it is written of the Son of man, that he must suffer many things, and be set at nought.

 13But I say unto you, That Elias is indeed come, and they have done unto him whatsoever they listed, as it is written of him.



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