THE WEEK OF TRINITY V – TUESDAY

LESSON: 2 THESSALONIANS 3:6-13

When he had ceased speaking, he said to Simon, “Put out into the deep and let down your nets for a catch.” Luke 5:4

Jesus says here in effect: “Let down your nets and do the work that belongs to a fisherman and let Me do the worrying. I do not want you to worry but to work.” We always want to change this procedure. We want to do the worrying and let Him do the work. This is one reason why so much usury is practiced today. Men want to make money to avoid the necessity of working.

If you want to live like a real Christian, leave the worrying to your God. Let Him bring the fish into the net, and you take up a position in which you have to work. All of us would prefer positions in which we do not have to work. For this attitude, the devil is responsible. There was only one reason why such large numbers formerly became monks and priests: we all wanted to live like aristocrats and avoid the necessity of work. Parents even sent their children to school so that they might subsequently enjoy good days in the service of God. In the end, no one really knew any longer what good days were.

God has indicated that it is His pleasure that man should eat his bread in the sweat of his brow, and He has therefore ordered man to work. He said to Adam, “In the sweat of your face you shall eat bread” (Genesis 3:19). The more closely you stick to God’s law in this respect, the better it is for you. Do your work in faith and let God freely exercise His government.

SL 11:1308 (10-11)

PRAYER: It is your will, heavenly Father, that Your children here on earth should be honest and reliable workers in whatever calling or position You may place them. May we ever remember that it is Your will that we should work in faith and trust to Your governance of all times, in and through Christ our Lord. Amen.

Editor’s note: No American Edition (AE) equivalent for today’s sermon excerpt exists at the time of this publication. For an alternate English translation of this sermon, see Lenker, Church Postil—Gospels, 4:131-140.