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Sunday Music: Bach Cantata BWV 164

Filed under: Uncategorized — Patterico @ 9:25 am

It is the fifth Sunday after Pentecost. Today’s Bach cantata is “Ihr, die ihr euch von Christo nennet” (You, who call yourselves of Christ).

Today’s Gospel reading is Luke 10:25-37:

The Parable of the Good Samaritan

On one occasion an expert in the law stood up to test Jesus. “Teacher,” he asked, “what must I do to inherit eternal life?”

“What is written in the Law?” he replied. “How do you read it?”

He answered, “‘Love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your strength and with all your mind’; and, ‘Love your neighbor as yourself.’”

“You have answered correctly,” Jesus replied. “Do this and you will live.”

But he wanted to justify himself, so he asked Jesus, “And who is my neighbor?”

In reply Jesus said: “A man was going down from Jerusalem to Jericho, when he was attacked by robbers. They stripped him of his clothes, beat him and went away, leaving him half dead. A priest happened to be going down the same road, and when he saw the man, he passed by on the other side. So too, a Levite, when he came to the place and saw him, passed by on the other side. But a Samaritan, as he traveled, came where the man was; and when he saw him, he took pity on him. He went to him and bandaged his wounds, pouring on oil and wine. Then he put the man on his own donkey, brought him to an inn and took care of him. The next day he took out two denarii and gave them to the innkeeper. ‘Look after him,’ he said, ‘and when I return, I will reimburse you for any extra expense you may have.’

“Which of these three do you think was a neighbor to the man who fell into the hands of robbers?”

The expert in the law replied, “The one who had mercy on him.”

Jesus told him, “Go and do likewise.”

The text of today’s piece is available here. It contains these words, which call to mind the story of the Samaritan:

You, who call yourselves of Christ,
where is your mercy,
by which one recognizes Christ’s members?
It is, alas, all too far from you.
Your hearts should be rich with love,
yet they are harder than a stone.

We hear, indeed, what Love itself says:
Whoever embraces his neighbor with mercy,
shall receive mercy
as his judgment.
However, we heed this not at all!
Still our neighbor’s sighs can be heard!
He knocks at our heart; it is not opened!
We observe him, indeed, wringing his hands,
his eyes, flowing with tears;
yet our heart resists the urge to love.
The priest and Levite,
that walk to one side,
are truly a picture of loveless Christians;
they behave as if they knew nothing of another’s
they pour neither oil nor wine
upon their neighbors wounds.

Only through love and through mercy
will we become like God himself.
Hearts like the Samaritan’s
are moved to pain by another’s suffering
and are rich in compassion.

Happy listening! Soli Deo gloria.

1 Comment »

  1. thank you , music is the world freidship’s languge

    Comment by موزیک — 7/16/2019 @ 4:33 am

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