WEDNESDAY (July 1, 2020)
In the name of the Father and of the + Son and of the Holy Spirit. Amen.
“Whoever finds his life will lose it, and whoever loses his life for my sake will find it.” (Matthew 10:39)
“What then shall we say? That the law is sin? By no means! Yet if it had not been for the law, I would not have known sin. For I would not have known what it is to covet if the law had not said, “You shall not covet.” But sin, seizing an opportunity through the commandment, produced in me all kinds of covetousness. For apart from the law, sin lies dead. I was once alive apart from the law, but when the commandment came, sin came alive and I died. The very commandment that promised life proved to be death to me. For sin, seizing an opportunity through the commandment, deceived me and through it killed me. So the law is holy, and the commandment is holy and righteous and good.” (Romans 7:7–12)
God’s law is good and holy. It serves to show us our sin. But, the law does not produce life, in fact it brings death. In order to have new life in Christ, we die to sin—not that this is something we do. Oh, quite the contrary. We die to sin in our baptism where the old Adam is drowned. We die to sin each day as we confess our sins, (and drown that old Adam again and again), emerging forgiven.
Prayer for Holy Cross Member
Be with Lucy this day, O Lord, and show her your great love throughout all the days of her life. Through Jesus Christ, our Lord. Amen.
Prayer of the Week (from Sunday)
Almighty God, by the working of Your Holy Spirit, grant that we may gladly hear Your Word proclaimed among us and follow its directing; through Jesus Christ, Your Son, our Lord, who lives and reigns with You and the Holy Spirit, one God, now and forever.