Patterico's Pontifications

7/5/2020

Sunday Music: Bach Cantata BWV 113

Filed under: General — Patterico @ 12:01 am



It is the fifth Sunday after Pentecost. Today’s Bach cantata is “Herr Jesu Christ, du höchstes Gut” (Lord Jesus Christ, O highest good):

Today’s Gospel reading is Matthew 11:16-19, 25-30:

“To what can I compare this generation? They are like children sitting in the marketplaces and calling out to others:

“‘We played the pipe for you,
and you did not dance;
we sang a dirge,
and you did not mourn.’

For John came neither eating nor drinking, and they say, ‘He has a demon.’ The Son of Man came eating and drinking, and they say, ‘Here is a glutton and a drunkard, a friend of tax collectors and sinners.’ But wisdom is proved right by her deeds.”

. . . .

The Father Revealed in the Son

At that time Jesus said, “I praise you, Father, Lord of heaven and earth, because you have hidden these things from the wise and learned, and revealed them to little children. Yes, Father, for this is what you were pleased to do.

“All things have been committed to me by my Father. No one knows the Son except the Father, and no one knows the Father except the Son and those to whom the Son chooses to reveal him.

“Come to me, all you who are weary and burdened, and I will give you rest. Take my yoke upon you and learn from me, for I am gentle and humble in heart, and you will find rest for your souls. For my yoke is easy and my burden is light.”

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

Lord Jesus Christ, O highest good,
o fountain of all grace,
behold how in my emotions
I am weighed down with sorrows
and have many arrows in me,
that in my conscience endlessly
pierce me, a poor sinner.

. . . .

Jesus takes sinners to himself!
Sweet word full of comfort and life!
He grants true rest to the soul
and calls comfortingly to each:
your sin is forgiven.

Happy listening! Soli Deo gloria.


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