1. That great truth of creedal Christianity – that God is man in Christ – is not set forth for our speculative enjoyment.
  2. Through water, blood, and word, the Spirit never stops pointing us to Christ, and even more, giving us Christ.
  3. Vilification of the other is married to the justification of the self.
  4. On May 2nd, Cantate Sunday, in the year 1507, Luther celebrated his first Mass.
  5. Today, Maundy Thursday, we receive the feast of Christ’s true body and blood for us, for the forgiveness of our sins. All of them.
  6. On this Maundy Thursday, in particular, let the “for you” of Christ’s gifts dominate.
  7. When you are stripped down to nothing, desperate, lowly, you will again know what she knows: the crumbs are enough, Jesus is enough, for you.
  8. Big or small, potential or certain, the despair we may grapple with during this time of year tends to find its end in the fact that things are not as they should be.
  9. Is it possible to celebrate Thanksgiving every time we come together as God’s people as well?
  10. We give thanks to the Father who has made a way for us to sit at his table.
  11. In the Lord’s Thanksgiving Supper, we are not served turkey, green bean casserole, and cornbread. We are served Christ.
  12. Without the sacraments, God’s grace is simply an artifact behind a glass-case in a museum. We might be able to describe and even admire it, but we never get firsthand access to it.
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