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The Gospel text for this Sunday in Bach’s day was the parable of the Pharisee and the Publican (Luke 18: 9-14). To help us meditate on this story of penitence and forgiveness, this warning against self-justification and spiritual pride, we present a lovely tenor aria from Bach’s cantata BWV 113, “Herr Jesu Christ, du höchstes Gut” (Lord Jesus Christ, you highest good).
This aria is accompanied one of the most delightful flute parts Bach ever wrote. It perfectly conveys the “sweet word full of comfort and life” being sung about.
May we rest in the comfort of God’s forgiveness through Jesus today!
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.
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