Gospel Notes for The Fourteenth Sunday after Trinity


The Gospel Notes for the Fourteenth Sunday after Trinity from the Lutheran Service Book’s One-Year Lectionary is now available. You may download the Color PDF, the Black and White PDF, the Bi-Fold Color PDF, the Bi-Fold Black and White PDF, the Legal Half-Page PDF, or the Legal Black and White PDF.

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The Fourteenth Sunday after Trinity

by: Rev. Marcus Baikie


Collect of the Day:
O Lord, keep Your Church with Your perpetual mercy; and because of our frailty we cannot but fall, keep us ever by Your help from all things hurtful and lead us to all things profitable for our salvation; through Jesus Christ, Your Son, our Lord, who lives and reigns with You and the Holy Spirit, one God, now and forever. Amen.

Psalm 84:1-2a, 4, 10b, 11b (antiphon: Psalm 84:9-10a) — How lovely is your dwelling place, O LORD of hosts!

119:9-16 (antiphon: v. 12) — Blessed are you, O LORD; teach me your statutes!

Old Testament Reading:
Proverbs 4:10-23 — My son, be attentive to my words; incline your ear to my sayings.

Psalm 92:1-2 — It is good to give thanks to the LORD

Galatians 5:16-24 — The fruit of the Spirit

Psalm 65:1 — Alleluia. Praise is due to you, O God, in Zion, and to you shall vows be performed. Alleluia.



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Gospel Notes for The Fourteenth Sunday after Trinity — 1 Comment

  1. Our confessional pastors here at Catalina Lutheran Church, over the years of preaching the one-year lectionary, have come up with the following observations/interpretations I thought you may wish to consider with your other insightful notes:

    1. Samaritans, while vilified by Jews and not allowed in the Jewish temple, still followed the first five books of the OT, including the Levitical law. Since the divided kingdom, however, Samaritans worshiped on a different “mountain” (Mount Gerizim), as the Samaritan woman at the well was clear to admit was different than Jerusalem. Regardless, a cured Samaritan leper would also still need to be made ritually clean from the Samaritan priests, since the Jewish priests would not, and would not even touch a non-Jew else become unclean themselves. By Luke’s purposeful inclusion of this one man being a Samaritan (and Jesus also calling him a foreigner), likely the other nine were not foreigners and rather Jewish lepers. This is further emphasized by Jesus telling them ALL to go show themselves to the priests, as all considered themselves under the letter of the Levitical law needing ritual cleansing. Jesus would not be telling the Samaritan to do something that would have been unclear in becoming ritually clean.

    2. By returning to fall at the feet of Jesus and praise God after realizing he had been made clean, a question could be made whether he disobeyed Jesus’ command to show himself to the priests. On the contrary, only the Samaritan “got it”, as our pastor likes to say. Only the Samaritan realized Jesus WAS the priest that could not only physically cure but spiritually save. While all 10 were physically cleansed of leprosy, only ONE was further spiritually cleansed of the leprosy of sin and made right before the Father, not by strict adherence to the letter of the Levitical law, and showing himself to a Levite, rather through the new law of FAITH in Jesus as the High Priest and Son of God to literally “save” him (from the Greek).

    In my opinion, #1 just brings a wonderful added historical context and understanding of the background of the Gospel lesson for a layperson. As for #2, this is the critical message the layperson needs to understand.

    God bless and keep you all in the ministry of God’s word,

    Timothy Dinkel
    Elder – Catalina Lutheran Church
    Tucson, AZ

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