20th Sunday After Pentecost, October 22, 2017

Old Testament: Isaiah 45:1-7

Epistle: 1 Thessalonians 1:1-10

Gospel: Matthew 15:15-22

The Theme of Today’s Liturgy  The questions of politics and tax money loom large in the imaginations of the Pharisees and the temple authorities, but only God looms large before the eyes of Jesus.  Jesus has come to Jerusalem to die in order to fulfill all righteousness, to be the payment for our sins (Gospel).  Christ, being the image of God (2 Cor. 4:4), does not bear the image of Caesar.  So also we have been made a new creation in Christ through our Baptism, and no longer bear the image of the man of dust but the image of the Man of heaven (Gospel, see 1 Cor. 15:49).  Christ has borne all things for us in this world, so that we may have life in abundance, that is the forgiveness of sins and eternal life (Collect).  The Lord who is our keeper and our shade has sent His only begotten Son, the image of the invisible God, the chosen Messiah, and He delivers us from the wrath to come (Epistle).

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