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There was a rock station yesterday giving away a free divorce for Valentine’s Day   and Planned Parenthood encouragesabortions for Valentine’s Day, or as the President said in support of abortion, no woman should be punished for having a child.   The morning after Valentine’s Day might include the “morning after” pill to stop gestation, or ‘freedom’ from one’s spouse by yet another divorce or a stranger in bed after a “hook-up”. What has become of love and marriage, or is it marriage and then love?  For a solid reflection on that question read Chad Bird’s article in The Federalist, “Giving Away a Divorce on Valentine’s Day”.  Valentine’s Day is a far cry from the little known Saint Valentine.

Someone wrote a graffiti, “Love is Enough” and another person wrote, “No, it’s not”…especially the way “love” is understood these days as only lust.  The Gospel lesson for tomorrow, the 6th Sunday after Epiphany, includes Matthew 5:26-28.  Jesus goes to the heart, the will. As the country lyric has it correctly about himself and us all: “I’ve looked for love in all the wrong places”.  There  is only person and place to look for the meaning of love and His Name is Jesus Christ and the place is His Cross.  Luther’s Seal may be the best Valentine’s Day card: His Cross in our hearts killing sin, hence, black, but making our hearts alive and beating.  Love for loveless shown. Luther also wrote that ring around it is gold, the color of heaven, but it is also the color of a wedding ring, complete with the purity of a white rose.  He can make the foulest clean.  Hear His Word and receive His Sacrament tomorrow on the Lord’s Day. A blessed morning after Valentine’s Day!

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Scripture:

Psalmody:  Psalm 119:153-160/Additional Psalm: Psalm 35

Old TestamentReading: Job 10:1-22 /New Testament Reading: John 5:1-18


About Valentine:  A physician and priest living in Rome during the rule of Emperor Claudius, Valentine became one of the noted martyrs of the third century. The commemoration of his death, which occurred in AD 270, became part of the calendar of remembrance in theEarlyChurchof the West. Tradition suggests that on the day of his execution for his Christian faith, Valentine left a note of encouragement for a child of his jailer written on an irregularly shaped piece of paper. This greeting became a pattern for millions of written expressions of love and caring that now are the highlight of Valentine’s Day in many nations.

Reflection:  In a culture in which The Church of the Self is pre-eminent and utterly dogmatic,  and it’s Sacrament is Coitus Non Interruptus and Non Fecundus, and Hosts of the Priests and Priestesses in the orders of Planned Parenthood, NARAL, NOW fulfill it’s mission and abortion is it’s excommunication with no chance of repentance and life, then Valentine’s is the High Holy Day.  Our vain attempts at love on the basis of fallen desire will only make for greater sadness for the limited gladness it offers.  “Lead us not into temptation but deliver us from evil.”

It is obvious that the actual Valentine and with him, all the saints in Christ Jesus, speak of a love which is holy…Who is Holy.  There seems to be a longing on Valentine’s Day, on day in which a Christian by the name of Valentinus was martyred for love which never dies.  Two hymns come to mind: “Oh, For Love that Will Not Let Me Go” and

Oh, love, how deep, how broad, how high,
Beyond all thought and fantasy,
That God, the Son of God, should take
Our mortal form for mortal’s sake!

The Lord knows about love, for He is love, but love is not God.  This love between husband and wife is physical and spiritual and both are holy.  In His love alone can we learn to love.  Please pray…

Almighty and everlasting God, You kindled the flame of Your love in the heart of Your holy martyr Valentine. Grant to us, Your humble servants, a like faith and the power of love, that we who rejoice in Christ’s triumph may embody His love in our lives; through Jesus Christ, our Lord, who lives and reigns with You and the Holy Spirit, one God, now and forever.

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