Seventh Sunday after Trinity 2017
July 30, 2017
Old Testament Lesson: Hosea 14: 1-9
Epistle: Romans 6: 19-23
Gospel: Mark 8: 1-9
“The Gift of God”
Our collect for the day begins, “O Lord of all power and might, who art the author and giver of all good things.” This points out that God gives so much to us. We enter this world with the life He provides. Each day we find new blessings and hopes where God ultimately provides food, clothing, and shelter through various means. But these benevolences only begin the showering of love the Father of Lights bestows upon us.
We encounter the blessing of Jesus Christ at His Incarnation, where He entered the world, a babe, wrapped in swaddling clothes, and lying in a manger. Following His life, we see Him performing great acts and miracles that change people’s lives, bringing sight to the blind, health from sickness, and the dead to life. And as the old game show hosts might say, “That’s not all!”
Christ offers Himself, a willing sacrifice to die for man’s sins. In so doing, He provides for us the grace to become children of God. Through the power of the Holy Spirit, we become new in Baptism, dying to the “old man” and putting on the “new man”. We no longer are bound to the sinful state of mankind’s Fall, but are renewed and placed in a right relationship with our heavenly Father whereby He no longer calls us strangers, but friends, and sons of God.
By this miraculous gift, God offers us the greatest gift of all, fellowship with Him for eternity – the gift of eternal life as co-inheritors with Christ. Made the Body of Christ, His Bride, we are embraced in the all-consuming love of our Lord and Creator, bound to be witnesses to His glory for all time.
As we partake of Holy Communion , we engage in fellowship with the Divine and operate as His agents on earth. May this relation drive us to a deeper appreciation for the incredible gift of God – eternal life.