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Sunday Music: Bach Cantata BWV 115

Filed under: Bach Cantatas,General,Music — Patterico @ 12:01 am

It is the ninth Sunday after Pentecost. Today’s Bach cantata is “Mache dich, mein Geist, bereit” (Make yourself ready, my spirit)

Today’s Gospel reading is Luke 12:32-40:

“Do not be afraid, little flock, for your Father has been pleased to give you the kingdom. Sell your possessions and give to the poor. Provide purses for yourselves that will not wear out, a treasure in heaven that will never fail, where no thief comes near and no moth destroys. For where your treasure is, there your heart will be also.


“Be dressed ready for service and keep your lamps burning, like servants waiting for their master to return from a wedding banquet, so that when he comes and knocks they can immediately open the door for him. It will be good for those servants whose master finds them watching when he comes. Truly I tell you, he will dress himself to serve, will have them recline at the table and will come and wait on them. It will be good for those servants whose master finds them ready, even if he comes in the middle of the night or toward daybreak. But understand this: If the owner of the house had known at what hour the thief was coming, he would not have let his house be broken into. You also must be ready, because the Son of Man will come at an hour when you do not expect him.”

The text of today’s piece is available here. It contains these words:

Make yourself ready, my spirit,
be vigilant, plead, and pray,
that the evil time does not
come upon you unexpectedly;
for it is
Satan’s guile
to overcome many righteous people
with temptation.

Happy listening! Soli Deo gloria.

[Cross-posted at The Jury Talks Back.]

One Response to “Sunday Music: Bach Cantata BWV 115”

  1. Thank you

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