Lectionary 18 A

It's so short this week! Having only one verse cited from the Romans reading helps...

Psalm 145:8-9, 14-21

The eyes of all look to you,
and you give them their food in due season.
You open your hand,
satisfying the desire of every living thing.
--Psalm 145:15-16

Verses 15-16 are quoted in The Small Catechism, Table Blessing with the citation happening in a footnote (SC 6.7, n. 107). What stands out here is the comment after the quote which unpacks the word "delight" as meaning "that all animals receive enough to eat to make them joyful and of good cheer, because worry and greed prevent such delight" (SC 6.8).

Romans 9:1-5

...to them [the Israelites] belong the patriarchs,
and from them, according to the flesh, comes the Messiah,
who is over all, God blessed forever. Amen.
--Romans 9:5

Verse 5 is cited in both the Epitome and Solid Declaration of the Formula of Concord, Article 8: The Person of Christ. In the Epitome, verse 5 is cited in Affirmative Thesis 1 (Ep 8.5) along with Luke 1 to quickly offer some citations that show the union of the two natures in Christ.  Verse 5 is quoted in the Solid Declaration (SD 8.6) to make the same point: there are not two Christs, but one Christ who is both fully God and fully human.


There's something here about the two natures of Jesus that is probably worth exploring. We find Jesus in a very human moment, wanting some time alone after John's execution, followed by healing miracles and the feeding of the five thousand. We attend to the miracles, and for good reason, but do we spend enough time recognizing the full humanity of Jesus?