Daily Lectionary: Genesis 40:1-23; Mark 10:32-52
Son of David, have mercy on me.” (Mark 10:48 ESV)
In the Name + of Jesus. Amen. The Kyrie is one of the chief prayers of our baptismal life. We pray for God to propitiate us, to cover us with His righteousness, and in this He has mercy on us. Only those crushed by the Law, terrified of God’s wrath, and grief-stricken over their sins can cry out the words of the Kyrie. Only those who know their sin, desire to do better, and know they need to be forgiven cry out to God to have mercy.
After the Lord’s Prayer, the Kyrie is the chief prayer of our daily life. We pray daily for God to have mercy on us, not based on our merits, works, or progress, but based on the life, death, and resurrection of His Son, Jesus Christ, our Lord. We pray for the Father not to destroy us in His wrath, but to have mercy on us and save us according to the righteousness of Jesus. We pray and sing the Kyrie, not because we have earned God’s mercy, but rather because He loves us and desires to have mercy on us.
As the hymn goes, “Kyrie! God, Father in heav’n above, You abound in gracious love,” (LSB 942). We petition God to have mercy on us and we know that He does because we see the cross, remember our Baptism, and partake of the Lord’s Supper, and hear the words of Holy Absolution.
We don’t have to wonder if God is merciful, because He shows Himself to be merciful, both in the past on the cross and presently in the Means of Grace. May the Holy Spirit continue to put the need for the Kyrie into our hearts and its words on our lips. In the Name + of Jesus. Amen.
Kyrie! God, Father in heaven above, You abound in gracious love, Of all things the maker and preserver. Eleison! Eleison! Kyrie! O Christ, our King, Salvation for all You came to bring. O Lord Jesus, God’s own Son, Our mediator at the heav’nly throne: Hear our cry and grant our supplication. Eleison! Eleison! Kyrie! O God the Holy Ghost,Guard our faith, the gift we need the most, And bless our life’s last hour, That we leave this sinful world with gladness. Eleison! Eleison! (Kyrie! God, Father, LSB 942)