Daily Lectionary: Genesis 37:1-36; Mark 10:1-12
13. Do you believe, then, that the true body and blood of Christ are in the Sacrament? Yes, I believe it. 14. What convinces you to believe this? The Word of Christ: Take, eat, this is My Body; drink of it, all of you, this is My Blood. (Small Catechism: Christian Questions 13-14)
In the Name + of Jesus. Amen. Our reason, senses, emotions, experience, or opinions do not convince us that Jesus’ Body and Blood are what we eat and drink in the Sacrament of the Altar. Only the words of Jesus proclaim to us what the bread and the wine are, meaning they are His true Body and Blood for the forgiveness of our sins, life, and salvation.
We don’t look to our reason for comfort in the Sacrament, for there we would find only doubt and anxiety. When we look at the Lord’s Supper, all we see is bread and wine. When we look at Baptism all we see is water. Bread, wine, and water are ordinary things, and in and of themselves offer us no comfort whatsoever. However, when the Word of God is attached to these elements, they offer us comfort according to the Words of Jesus.
We believe that we eat and drink the Sacrament unto our salvation because that is what Jesus’ Word says it does. We base nothing off our reason and emotions. We base everything, our forgiveness, life, and salvation, on Jesus’ Word for us.
We are forgiven, not because we’ve made some good improvements, but rather because Jesus is merciful and patient with us. We are children of God in Holy Baptism, not because we never fall away from it, but rather because in those waters Jesus declares us to be His own, and pledges to never leave us nor forsake us.
We are forgiven when we eat His Body and drink His Blood, not because we are worthy to receive it, but because He comes to us who are unworthy and feeds us to forgive us and to strengthen us for the week to come. In the Name + of Jesus. Amen.
I come, O Savior, to Thy table, For weak and weary is my soul; Thou, Bread of Life, alone art able To satisfy and make me whole: Lord, may Thy body and Thy blood Be for my soul the highest good! (I Come, O Savior, to Thy Table, LSB 618:1)