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The Institute of Lutheran theology not only provides programs to train pastors and teachers, but it also provides educational and devotional resources for individuals and congregations. These resources are provided free of charge and made available through our web page. Please subscribe to and use any of these resources.

Seventh Sunday After Trinity, July 14, 2024

Seventh Sunday After Trinity, July 14, 2024

Jesus attracted crowds but especially, he attracted attentive crowds. Three days this particular crowd had been with him and had not left him even to eat. In their common hunger, Jesus declares, “I have compassion on the crowd…” This word “compassion” comes to us from the Latin language and is a combination of the word for “suffer or bear” and the prefix “com” which means “with.” While we usually think of compassion as having sympathy for someone, the literal meaning of the word is “to suffer with” or “to bear with.” Jesus suffered with the crowd in its hunger. Jesus hungered, too. In Jesus’ Passion Story, we hear of Jesus suffering for us. Jesus came in the flesh and suffered with those of us in the flesh. As the text tells us here, he suffered hunger with the crowd. He suffered temptation in the wilderness (Mt. 4:1 ff) as we suffer temptation. He suffered death as all flesh suffers death. In Jesus’ compassion, he comes to share with us our earthly woes that he might also share with us his heavenly joy—that is, the resurrection to eternal life.

Prayers from those who need a compassionate savior…

Heavenly Father, your compassionate Son, Jesus Christ, surrendered the equality of Godhood with you in order to take on my frail flesh and suffer with me. Hold me in his compassion. Hear my prayer, O God of my salvation.

Heavenly Father, your compassionate Son, Jesus Christ, suffered the indignity of a birth by water and blood as would any human child. Grant that I look no further than Mary’s lap to see my salvation. Hear my prayer, O God of my salvation.

Heavenly Father, your compassionate Son, Jesus Christ, endured the hardships of hot and cold, hunger and thirst, misery and pain while he walked the roads of Galilee. Give me ears to the words of this one who is the Word of God. Hear my prayer, O God of my salvation.

Heavenly Father, your compassionate Son, Jesus Christ, suffered the hands of evil men… of evil women… to be laid upon him and crucify him. Grant that the proclamation of his death and resurrection would deliver salvation to me. Hear my prayer, O God of my salvation.

Heavenly Father, your compassionate Son, Jesus Christ, broke the bonds of death and the tomb, rising to new life for an eternity with you. Hold me in the hope that just as I am joined with Jesus in a death like his that I should certainly be united with him in a resurrection like his. Hear my prayer, O God of my salvation.

Heavenly Father, your compassionate Son, Jesus Christ, is the one Word of God handed over in the words of God. Grant that this one Word of God is the center of proclamation and teaching for the Institute of Lutheran Theology. Hear my prayer, O God of my salvation.

Heavenly Father, your compassionate Son, Jesus Christ, will come again in glory shorn of the frail flesh of this old creation broken by sin and clothed in the immortal flesh that will be his and ours for eternity. Keep me in the certainty of this hope. Hear my prayer, O God of my salvation.

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