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The Sixth Sunday after Pentecost A

The Sixth Sunday after Pentecost A

Jesus speaks plainly:  The Father hides things.  He hides himself, “Truly, you are a God who hides himself” (Is. 45:15); and he hides all things in Jesus Christ (vs.27).  Why is this so?  It is so that Jesus can be the sole revelation of the Father.  Jesus, the Son, chooses the ones to whom he reveals the Father (vs. 27).  Again, Jesus speaks an exclusionary statement:  Jesus, to the exclusion of every other source, is the only one who reveals the Father.  Jesus is “the way, the truth and the life” (Jn. 14:6) to the exclusion of any other claim to be a way, any other claim to be a truth, and any other claim to be a life.  Jesus possesses “all authority” (Mt. 28:18), excluding every other claim to authority.  Jesus possesses “all things” (Mt. 11: 27) to the exclusion of anyone or anything else asserting a claim to them.   You, know it or not, are possessed by Jesus.  He excludes your being possessed by anything else… even yourself.

Prayers from one who would rather be self-possessed than Jesus-possessed…

Heavenly Father, you have hidden yourself so that you would be revealed in your Son, Jesus Christ.  Provide me with this revelation through the means of grace so that I would not seek you where you do not want to be found; through Jesus Christ, your Son, my Lord.  Amen

Heavenly Father, you have hidden yourself so that you would be revealed in your Son, Jesus Christ.  Provide me with singular reliance on your being revealed through Jesus Christ so that as I come to know him, I come to know you as well; through Jesus Christ, your Son, my Lord.  Amen

Heavenly Father, you have hidden yourself so that you would be revealed in your Son, Jesus Christ.  Provide me with the faith worked by the Holy Spirit as both you and your Son are revealed to me; through Jesus Christ, your Son, my Lord.  Amen

Heavenly Father, you have hidden yourself so that you would be revealed in your Son, Jesus Christ.  As I am held in the faith worked by the Holy Spirit, provide me with confidence such that I can pour myself out in usefulness to my neighbors; through Jesus Christ, your Son, my Lord.  Amen

Heavenly Father, you have hidden yourself so that you would be revealed in your Son, Jesus Christ.  As I am poured out in usefulness, provide me with such encouragement and building up that I do not grow weary in my service; through Jesus Christ, your Son, my Lord.  Amen

Heavenly Father, you have hidden yourself so that you would be revealed in your Son, Jesus Christ.  Grant that the Institute of Lutheran Theology be held as a place where you are made known through the preaching of Jesus Christ, him crucified, and him alone; through Jesus Christ, your Son, my Lord.  Amen

Heavenly Father, you have hidden yourself so that you would be revealed in your Son, Jesus Christ.   As I am encouraged and built up in my usefulness, keep me content in your work as Father, Son, and Holy Spirit so that I patiently await your Son’s manifestation in glory; through Jesus Christ, your Son, my Lord.  Amen

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