May 5th, 2019

Misericordias Domini (Easter 3)


Explanation of the Week

Our Lord Jesus is the Good Shepherd. (Jn 10:11-16) He is not like the hireling, who cares nothing for the sheep and only for himself, who flees when he sees the wolf coming. Rather, Jesus is the Good Shepherd who seeks out His scattered sheep to deliver them. (Ezek 34:11-16). He gathers them and feeds them in rich pasture. He binds up the broken and strengthens the sick. He lays down His life for wandering and wayward sheep. On the cross Christ bore in His body the attacks of the predators of sin and death and the devil for you that you might be saved. He now lives to restore your souls in the still waters of baptism, to lead you in the paths of righteousness by the voice of His Gospel, to prepare the table of His holy supper before you, that you may dwell in the house of the Lord forever. (Psalm 23) "For you were like sheep going astray, but have now returned to the Shepherd and Overseer of your souls." (1 Peter 2:21-25)

Introit

Antiphon:
The earth is full of the goodness of the LORD. Alle- | luia.*
     By the word of the LORD the heavens were made. Alle- | luia! (Psalm 33:5-6)

Psalm:Rejoice in the LORD, O you | righteous!*
     For praise from the upright is | beautiful.
Behold, the eye of the LORD is on those who | fear Him,*
     on those who hope in His | mercy.
To deliver their | soul from death,*
     and to keep them alive in | famine.
Our soul waits | for the LORD;*
     He is our help | and our shield. (Psalm 33:1, 18-20)

Collect (LSB)

O God, through the humiliation of Your Son You raised up the fallen world. Grant to Your faithful people, rescued from the peril of everlasting death, perpetual gladness and eternal joys; through Jesus Christ, our Lord, who lives and reigns with You and the Holy Spirit, one God, now and forever. Amen.

Collect (TLH)

God, who by the humiliation of Thy Son didst raise up the fallen world, grant unto Thy faithful ones perpetual gladness, and those whom Thou hast delivered from the danger of everlasting death do Thou make partakers of eternal joys; through the same 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

Deus qui in filii tui humilitate jacentem mundum erexisti, fidelibus tuis perpetuam concede laeticiam, ut quos perpetuae mortis eripuisti casibus, guadiis facias sempiternis perfrui. Per eundem Dominum nostrum Jesum Christum filium tuum, qui tecum vivit et regnat in unitate Spiritus sancti Deus. Per omnia secula seculorum, Amen.

Old Testament (LSB): Ezk. 34:11-16


The Lord GOD Will Seek Them Out

 11"For thus says the Lord GOD:(A) Behold, I, I(B) myself will search for my sheep and will seek them out. 12As a shepherd seeks out his flock when he is among his sheep that have been scattered, so will I seek out my sheep, and I will rescue them from all places where they have been scattered on(C) a day of clouds and(D) thick darkness. 13And I will bring them out from the peoples(E) and gather them from the countries, and will bring them into their own land. And I will feed them on(F) the mountains of Israel, by the ravines, and in all the inhabited places of the country. 14(G) I will feed them with good pasture, and on the mountain heights of Israel shall be their grazing land.(H) There they shall lie down in good grazing land, and on rich pasture they shall feed on the mountains of Israel. 15(I) I myself will be the shepherd of my sheep,(J) and I myself will make them lie down, declares the Lord GOD. 16(K) I will seek the lost,(L) and I will bring back the strayed, and I will bind up the injured, and I will strengthen the weak, and(M) the fat and the strong I will destroy.[a] I will feed them in justice.

Footnotes:Ezekiel 34:16 Septuagint, Syriac, Vulgate I will watch over
Cross references:Ezekiel 34:11 : Luke 19:10; John 10:11 Ezekiel 34:11 : Mic 4:6, 7 Ezekiel 34:12 : Ezekiel 30:3 Ezekiel 34:12 : Joel 2:2; Zeph 1:15 Ezekiel 34:13 : Ezekiel 11:17 Ezekiel 34:13 : Ezekiel 6:2 Ezekiel 34:14 : Psalm 23:2; John 10:9 Ezekiel 34:14 : Isa 32:18; Jer 33:12 Ezekiel 34:15 : Ezekiel 34:23; Isa 40:11 Ezekiel 34:15 : Ezekiel 34:14 Ezekiel 34:16 : Ezekiel 34:4 Ezekiel 34:16 : Mic 4:6 Ezekiel 34:16 : Ezekiel 34:20; Isa 10:16; Amos 4:1


Old Testament: Ezek. 34:11-16


The Lord GOD Will Seek Them Out

 11"For thus says the Lord GOD:(A) Behold, I, I(B) myself will search for my sheep and will seek them out. 12As a shepherd seeks out his flock when he is among his sheep that have been scattered, so will I seek out my sheep, and I will rescue them from all places where they have been scattered on(C) a day of clouds and(D) thick darkness. 13And I will bring them out from the peoples(E) and gather them from the countries, and will bring them into their own land. And I will feed them on(F) the mountains of Israel, by the ravines, and in all the inhabited places of the country. 14(G) I will feed them with good pasture, and on the mountain heights of Israel shall be their grazing land.(H) There they shall lie down in good grazing land, and on rich pasture they shall feed on the mountains of Israel. 15(I) I myself will be the shepherd of my sheep,(J) and I myself will make them lie down, declares the Lord GOD. 16(K) I will seek the lost,(L) and I will bring back the strayed, and I will bind up the injured, and I will strengthen the weak, and(M) the fat and the strong I will destroy.[a] I will feed them in justice.

Footnotes:Ezekiel 34:16 Septuagint, Syriac, Vulgate I will watch over
Cross references:Ezekiel 34:11 : Luke 19:10; John 10:11 Ezekiel 34:11 : Mic 4:6, 7 Ezekiel 34:12 : Ezekiel 30:3 Ezekiel 34:12 : Joel 2:2; Zeph 1:15 Ezekiel 34:13 : Ezekiel 11:17 Ezekiel 34:13 : Ezekiel 6:2 Ezekiel 34:14 : Psalm 23:2; John 10:9 Ezekiel 34:14 : Isa 32:18; Jer 33:12 Ezekiel 34:15 : Ezekiel 34:23; Isa 40:11 Ezekiel 34:15 : Ezekiel 34:14 Ezekiel 34:16 : Ezekiel 34:4 Ezekiel 34:16 : Mic 4:6 Ezekiel 34:16 : Ezekiel 34:20; Isa 10:16; Amos 4:1


Epistle: 1 Pet. 2:21-25


21For(A) to this you have been called,(B) because Christ also suffered for you,(C) leaving you an example, so that you might follow in his steps. 22(D) He committed no sin, neither was deceit found in his mouth. 23(E) When he was reviled, he did not revile in return; when he suffered, he did not threaten,(F) but continued entrusting himself to him who judges justly. 24(G) He himself bore our sins in his body on the tree, that we(H) might die to sin and(I) live to righteousness.(J) By his wounds you have been healed. 25For(K) you were straying like sheep, but have now returned to(L) the Shepherd and Overseer of your souls.

Cross references:1 Peter 2:21 : 1 Peter 3:9; Acts 14:22 1 Peter 2:21 : 1 Peter 2:20 1 Peter 2:21 : Matt 11:29 1 Peter 2:22 : Isa 53:9; 2 Cor 5:21; Heb 4:15; 1 John 3:5 1 Peter 2:23 : 1 Peter 3:9; Isa 53:7; Heb 12:3 1 Peter 2:23 : Luke 23:46 1 Peter 2:24 : Isa 53:4, 11; Matt 8:17; Heb 9:28 1 Peter 2:24 : Rom 6:2, 11; 7:4, 6; Col 2:20; 3:3 1 Peter 2:24 : Rom 6:13 1 Peter 2:24 : Isa 53:5 1 Peter 2:25 : Isa 53:6; Psalm 119:176; Ezek 34:6; Luke 15:4 1 Peter 2:25 : John 10:11


Verse

Alle- | luia.*
     Alle- | luia.
Then was the Lord Jesus | known to them*
     in the breaking of bread. Alle- | luia.
I am the good | shepherd;*
     and I know My sheep, and am known by My own. Alle- | luia. (Luke 24:35, John 10:14)

Gospel: John 10:11-16


11(A) I am the good shepherd. The good shepherd(B) lays down his life for the sheep. 12He who is(C) a hired hand and not a shepherd, who does not own the sheep, sees the wolf coming and(D) leaves the sheep and flees, and the wolf snatches them and(E) scatters them. 13He flees because(F) he is a hired hand and(G) cares nothing for the sheep. 14(H) I am the good shepherd.(I) I know my own and(J) my own know me, 15(K) just as the Father knows me and I know the Father; and(L) I lay down my life for the sheep. 16And(M) I have other sheep that are not of this fold.(N) I must bring them also, and(O) they will listen to my voice. So there will be(P) one flock,(Q) one shepherd.

Cross references:John 10:11 : Isa 40:11; Ezek 34:12, 23; 37:24; Zech 13:7; Heb 13:20; 1 Pet 2:25; 5:4; John 21:15-17; Psalm 23; Rev 7:17 John 10:11 : John 10:15, 17; John 15:13; 1 John 3:16; Matt 20:28; Mark 10:45 John 10:12 : Ezek 34:2-6 John 10:12 : Zech 11:17; 13:7 John 10:12 : Jer 23:1-3 John 10:13 : 1 Pet 5:2 John 10:13 : Zech 11:16 John 10:14 : John 10:11 John 10:14 : John 10:27; Nah 1:7; 2 Tim 2:19 John 10:14 : John 10:4 John 10:15 : Matt 11:27 John 10:15 : John 10:11 John 10:16 : Isa 56:8 John 10:16 : Ezek 34:11-13; Matt 8:11, 12; Eph 2:13-18; 1 Pet 2:25 John 10:16 : John 5:25; 18:37; Acts 28:28 John 10:16 : John 11:52; 12:32; 17:11, 21, 22 John 10:16 : Ezek 34:23; 37:24


Offertory

O God, You are my God; Early will I seek You; and I will lift up my hands in Your name, Alleluia. (Psalm 63)

Matins Psalm(s): Ps. 70


O LORD, Do Not Delay

To the choirmaster. Of David,(A) for the memorial offering.

 1(B) Make haste, O God, to deliver me!
   O LORD, make haste to help me! 2Let them be put to shame and confusion
   who seek my life!Let them be turned back and brought to dishonor
   who delight in my hurt! 3Let them turn back because of their shame
   who say, "Aha, Aha!"

 4May all who seek you
   rejoice and be glad in you!May those who love your salvation
   say evermore, "God is great!" 5But I am poor and needy;
   (C) hasten to me, O God!You are my help and my deliverer;
   O LORD, do not delay!

Cross references:Psalm 70:1 : Psalm 38, title; 1 Chr 16:4 Psalm 70:1 : For ver 1-5, Psalm 40:13-17 Psalm 70:5 : Psalm 141:1


First Reading: Ex. 32:15-35


 15Then(A) Moses turned and went down from the mountain with the(B) two tablets of the testimony in his hand, tablets that were written on both sides; on the front and on the back they were written. 16(C) The tablets were the work of God, and the writing was the writing of God, engraved on the tablets. 17When(D) Joshua heard the noise of the people as they shouted, he said to Moses, "There is a noise of war in the camp." 18But he said, "It is not the sound of(E) shouting for victory, or the sound of the cry of defeat, but the sound of singing that I hear." 19And as soon as he came near the camp and(F) saw the calf and the dancing, Moses’ anger burned hot, and he threw the tablets out of his hands and broke them at the foot of the mountain. 20He took the calf that they had made and burned it with fire and ground it to powder and scattered it on the water and made the people of Israel drink it.

 21And Moses said to Aaron,(G) "What did this people do to you that you have brought such a great sin upon them?" 22And Aaron said, "Let not the anger of my lord burn hot.(H) You know the people, that they are set on evil. 23For(I) they said to me, 'Make us gods who shall go before us. As for this Moses, the man who brought us up out of the land of Egypt, we do not know what has become of him.' 24So(J) I said to them, 'Let any who have gold take it off.' So they gave it to me, and I threw it into the fire, and out came this calf."

 25And when Moses saw that the people had broken loose (for Aaron had let them break loose,(K) to the derision of their enemies), 26then Moses stood in the gate of the camp and said, "Who is on the LORD’s side? Come to me." And all the sons of Levi gathered around him. 27And he said to them, "Thus says the LORD God of Israel, 'Put your sword on your side each of you, and go to and fro from gate to gate throughout the camp, and each of you(L) kill his brother and his companion and his neighbor.'" 28And the sons of Levi did according to the word of Moses. And that day about three thousand men of the people fell. 29And Moses said, "Today you have been(M) ordained for the service of the LORD, each one at the cost of his son and of his brother, so that he might bestow a blessing upon you this day."

 30The next day Moses said to the people,(N) "You have sinned a great sin. And now I will go up to the LORD;(O) perhaps I can make atonement for your sin." 31So Moses returned to the LORD and said, "Alas,(P) this people has sinned a great sin. They have(Q) made for themselves gods of gold. 32But now, if(R) you will forgive their sin—but if not, please(S) blot me out of(T) your book that you have written." 33But the LORD said to Moses,(U) "Whoever has sinned against me, I will blot out of my book. 34(V) But now go, lead the people to the place about which I have spoken to you;(W) behold, my angel shall go before you. Nevertheless, in the day when I visit, I will visit their sin upon them."

 35Then the LORD sent a plague on the people, because they made the calf, the one that Aaron made.

Cross references:Exodus 32:15 : Deut 9:15 Exodus 32:15 : Exodus 34:29 Exodus 32:16 : Exodus 31:18 Exodus 32:17 : Exodus 17:9, 10; 24:13; 33:11 Exodus 32:18 : Jer 51:14 Exodus 32:19 : Deut 9:16, 17, 21 Exodus 32:21 : Gen 20:9 Exodus 32:22 : Exodus 14:11; 15:24; 16:2, 20; 17:2, 4; 1 Sam 15:24 Exodus 32:23 : Exodus 32:1 Exodus 32:24 : Exodus 32:2-4 Exodus 32:25 : Exodus 32:12 Exodus 32:27 : Num 25:5; Deut 33:9 Exodus 32:29 : Zech 13:3; Matt 10:37; Luke 14:26; Num 25:11-13; Deut 13:6-10 Exodus 32:30 : Exodus 32:21; 1 Sam 12:20 Exodus 32:30 : 2 Sam 16:12; Amos 5:15 Exodus 32:31 : Exodus 32:30 Exodus 32:31 : Exodus 20:23 Exodus 32:32 : Num 14:19 Exodus 32:32 : Rom 9:3 Exodus 32:32 : Psalm 56:8; 69:28; 139:16; Dan 12:1; Phil 4:3 Exodus 32:33 : Ezek 18:4, 20 Exodus 32:34 : Exodus 33:12 Exodus 32:34 : Exodus 14:19


Vespers Psalm(s): Ps. 23


The LORD Is My Shepherd

A Psalm of David.

 1The LORD is my(A) shepherd; I shall not(B) want.
 2He makes me lie down in green(C) pastures.He leads me beside still waters.[a]
 3He(D) restores my soul.He(E) leads me in(F) paths of righteousness[b]
   for his(G) name’s sake.

 4Even though I(H) walk through the valley of(I) the shadow of death,[c]
   I will(J) fear no evil,for(K) you are with me;
   your(L) rod and your staff,
   they comfort me.

 5You(M) prepare a table before me
   in(N) the presence of my enemies;you(O) anoint my head with oil;
   my(P) cup overflows. 6Surely[d] goodness and mercy[e] shall follow me
   all the days of my life,and I shall(Q) dwell[f] in the house of the LORD
   (R) forever.[g]

Footnotes:Psalm 23:2 Hebrew beside waters of rest Psalm 23:3 Or in right paths Psalm 23:4 Or the valley of deep darkness Psalm 23:6 Or Only Psalm 23:6 Or steadfast love Psalm 23:6 Or shall return to dwell Psalm 23:6 Hebrew for length of days
Cross references:Psalm 23:1 : Psalm 78:52; 80:1; Isa 40:11; Jer 31:10; Ezek 34:11, 12, 23; John 10:11; Heb 13:20; 1 Pet 2:25; 5:4 Psalm 23:1 : Psalm 34:9, 10; Matt 6:33 Psalm 23:2 : Ezek 34:14; John 10:9 Psalm 23:3 : Psalm 19:7 Psalm 23:3 : Psalm 5:8; 31:3; 139:10, 24; 143:10; Isa 40:11; 49:10 Psalm 23:3 : Prov 4:11; 8:20 Psalm 23:3 : Psalm 25:11; 31:3; 79:9; 109:21; Ezek 20:9, 14 Psalm 23:4 : Psalm 138:7 Psalm 23:4 : Job 3:5 Psalm 23:4 : Psalm 3:6; 27:1, 3; 118:6 Psalm 23:4 : Exodus 3:12; Isa 43:2 Psalm 23:4 : Mic 7:14 Psalm 23:5 : Psalm 78:19; Prov 9:2; John 6:51; 2 Sam 17:27-29 Psalm 23:5 : Psalm 31:19 Psalm 23:5 : Psalm 45:7; 133:2; Luke 7:46; Psalm 92:10 Psalm 23:5 : Psalm 16:5 Psalm 23:6 : Psalm 27:4 Psalm 23:6 : Psalm 21:4


Second Reading: Lk. 6:39-49


 39He also told them a parable: (A) "Can a blind man lead a blind man? Will they not both fall into a pit? 40(B) A disciple is not above his teacher, but everyone when he is(C) fully trained will be like his teacher. 41(D) Why do you see the speck that is in your brother’s eye, but(E) do not notice the log that is in your own eye? 42How can you say to your brother, 'Brother, let me take out the speck that is in your eye,' when you yourself do not see the log that is in your own eye? You hypocrite, first take the log out of your own eye, and then you will see clearly to take out the speck that is in your brother’s eye.

A Tree and Its Fruit
 43"For(F) no good tree bears bad fruit, nor again does a bad tree bear good fruit, 44for(G) each tree is known by its own fruit. For figs are not gathered from thornbushes, nor are grapes picked from a bramble bush. 45(H) The good person out of the good treasure of his heart produces good, and the evil person out of his evil treasure produces(I) evil,(J) for out of the abundance of the heart his mouth speaks.
Build Your House on the Rock
 46(K) "Why(L) do you call me 'Lord, Lord,' and not do what I tell you? 47(M) Everyone who comes to me and hears my words and does them, I will show you what he is like: 48he is like a man building a house, who dug deep and laid the foundation on the rock. And when a flood arose, the stream broke against that house and could not shake it, because it had been well built.[a] 49(N) But the one who hears and does not do them is like a man who built a house on the ground without a foundation. When the stream broke against it, immediately it fell, and(O) the ruin of that house was great."

Footnotes:Luke 6:48 Some manuscripts founded upon the rock
Cross references:Luke 6:39 : Matt 15:14 Luke 6:40 : Matt 10:24 Luke 6:40 : 2 Cor 13:11; Heb 13:21; 1 Pet 5:10; 1 Cor 1:10; 2 Tim 3:17 Luke 6:41 : Luke 6:37 Luke 6:41 : John 8:7-9 Luke 6:43 : For Luke 6:43, 44, Matt 7:16, 20 Luke 6:44 : Matt 12:33 Luke 6:45 : Matt 12:35; 15:18, 19; Matt 13:52; Eph 4:29 Luke 6:45 : Matt 5:37 Luke 6:45 : Matt 12:34 Luke 6:46 : Mal 1:6; Matt 7:21 Luke 6:46 : John 13:13 Luke 6:47 : For Luke 6:47-49, Matt 7:24-27 Luke 6:49 : Ezek 13:10-16 Luke 6:49 : Amos 6:11


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