Why does Jesus refer to Herod as a fox in the gospel lesson for February 21? – Karen F.
Hi Karen, Leon Morris, in his commentary on Luke’s Gospel, says “the fox was used by the Jews as a symbol of a sly man, but more often for an insignificant or worthless person.” It was sometimes a symbol of destructiveness. T. W. Manson says, “To call Herod ‘that fox’ is as much as to say … he has neither majesty nor honour. The expression is thus contemptuous.”
While Lutherans think of each Sunday as a “Little Easter,” we’ve also historically treated Lent a bit differently; we typically don’t say “alleluia” and certain parts of the regular liturgies are replaced with other parts more appropriate to the season.
This last Sunday, we sang an awful lot of “alleluias.” Is there a reason? – Don S.
Hi Don, you’re right that some have the custom of “burying the alleluia” during Lent. The idea is that we can celebrate that much more at Easter when the alleluia is raised. Alleluia means praise Yahweh, praise God. My personal preference is never to stop praising God, or limiting the praise of God. That’s why we don’t hesitate to use songs with alleluia in them even during Lent. Whether or not to bury the alleluia in Lent is in the area of adiaphora: it’s neither commanded nor forbidden in Scripture. So we’ve made the choice here to not inhibit the singing of alleluia during lent. It’s just our preference. Those who prefer to not use alleluia during Lent are not sinning, and I’m sure are also still praising God during Lent. Either way is good and proper, as long as we worship our dear Lord from the heart.
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