BACH Herr Jesu Christ, wahr’ Mensch und Gott, BWV 127
BACH Brich dem Hungrigen dein Brot, BWV 39
BACH Du sollt Gott, deinen Herren, lieben, BWV 77
Bach composed Herr Jesu Christ, wahr’ Mensch und Gott, BWV 127 ("Lord Jesus Christ, true Man and God") in 1725 for use on the Sunday before Lent. The prescribed readings for the Sunday were taken from Paul's letter to the toubled church of Corinth and from the Gospel of Luke, in which Jesus foretells his death and resurrection to his twelve desciples for the third time, and heals a blind man near Jericho. Brich dem Hungrigen dein Brot, BWV 39 ("Give the hungry ones thy bread") was composed for the First Sunday after Trinity on June 23, 1726—significantly for Bach, three years to the day after he assumed the office of Thomaskantor in Leipzig. Du sollt Gott, deinen Herren, lieben, BWV 77 ("You shall love God, your Lord") focuses on the parable of the Good Samaritan and the Great Commandment, which is used as the text of the first movement.