Sunday Music: Bach Cantata BWV 69a
It is the fourth Sunday after the Epiphany. The title of today’s cantata is “Lobe den Herrn, meine Seele” (Praise the Lord, my soul):
Today’s Gospel reading is Mark 1:21-28.
And they went into Capernaum; and straightway on the sabbath day he entered into the synagogue, and taught.
And they were astonished at his doctrine: for he taught them as one that had authority, and not as the scribes.
And there was in their synagogue a man with an unclean spirit; and he cried out,
Saying, Let us alone; what have we to do with thee, thou Jesus of Nazareth? art thou come to destroy us? I know thee who thou art, the Holy One of God.
And Jesus rebuked him, saying, Hold thy peace, and come out of him.
And when the unclean spirit had torn him, and cried with a loud voice, he came out of him.
And they were all amazed, insomuch that they questioned among themselves, saying, What thing is this? what new doctrine is this? for with authority commandeth he even the unclean spirits, and they do obey him.
And immediately his fame spread abroad throughout all the region round about Galilee.
The text of today’s cantata is available here and contains these words:
Praise the Lord, my soul, and do not forget the good He has done for you!
Ah, that I had a thousand tongues!
Ah, if only my mouth
were empty of vain words!
Ah, that I would speak of nothing at all
except that which is justly to God’s praise!
Then I would show forth the goodness of the Highest;
for He has done so much for me all my life,
that in eternity I will not be able to thank Him for it.
Happy listening! Soli Deo gloria.