Posts tagged “Exaudi

Sermo Dei: Exaudi 2017

Posted on May 29th, 2017

He’s worried, the man who wrote our opening Psalm. “Hear, O Lord,” means, “Are you listening?” He seeks the Lord’s face – yet begs, “Hide not your face from me.” Why is He not listening? Why does His face appear hidden? ISIS blows up children in Manchester; Coptic Christians are gunned down in Egypt’s desert. Did the Lord not hear them? Why does His face appear hidden? There you stand, at the grave of your wife. There you stumble, at the difficult moments of your life. There you weep, as your child struggles and suffers. There you sigh, as no companion materializes for you. Did the Lord not hear you? Why does His face appear hidden? “The LORD is my light and my salvation;…

Sermo Dei: Exaudi

Posted on May 12th, 2013

How much of your life is spent in fear? We know people with phobias, sometimes crippling. Perhaps you have one that you’ve had to battle – or maybe never conquered. Fear of insects, spiders or wasps; fear of snakes; fear of flying, fear of heights, fear of crowds, fear of being alone. I know you fear for your kids and your country, our church, your future. Societal fears reflect man’s primal fear – anxiety over death. Fear of nuclear holocaust has been supplanted by fear of ecological devastation – yet both paint a picture of a world coming undone. Holy Scripture reveals the source of all such fears: a Genesis 3 world, a cosmos created good but fractured, an earth seeped in blood as…

Exaudi: Hear, O Lord!

Posted on May 21st, 2012

Dear brothers and sisters in Christ JESUS, Yesterday was Exaudi, the Sunday between Ascension and Pentecost. Exaudi is the first word of the Introit in Latin, and it means “Hear.” The verses (from Psalm 27) read: Hear, O Lord, when I cry with my voice! Thy face, Lord, I will seek. Do not hide Thy face from me. This is the cry of one afraid. The Psalmist is facing war. Enemy soldiers have set up camp all around him. People have told lies that have led to his condemnation. In all of this we see a picture of our Lord JESUS and His passion. “False witnesses have risen against me, and such as breathe out violence.” There is one thing to do, and one…

Exaudi – the Sunday after the Ascension

Posted on May 24th, 2009

  Today is an in-between Sunday. The Ascension was this past Thursday, and Pentecost is next Sunday. Jesus left the disciples, and the Spirit had not yet come. They were left to themselves. What happens when you are left to yourself? When a Christian comes face-to-face with his failings, his imperfections, his selfishness, lack of love, and foolish decisions—all this is to say, when a Christian comes face to face with his sin, he is in sorrow and despair.

The Holy Spirit's public witness

Posted on May 22nd, 2009

Luther on the objectivity of the Holy Spirit’s testimony: No one in need of comfort, therefore, should wait until the Holy spirit in all his majesty speaks to him personally from heaven. For the Holy Spirit carries out his witness publicly in the sermon. That is where you must seek and await him, till the word which you hear with your ears witness inwardly of Christ in your heart. But such inward witness does not come about until the externally spoken witness of the Word is heard which tells that Christ became man, was crucified, died, and rose again for our sakes. House Postils, II:149