August 15, 2022     7:08 am
55. Week of Second Sunday after Epiphany - Friday
Jesus receives sinners
          This man receives sinners.   Luke 15:2
          This was a word of derision with the self-righteous Pharisees. With us it is a word of praise and blessing. The following story is the origin of it.
          All the publicans and sinners were drawing near to Jesus to hear Him. And the Pharisees and scribes murmured, saying: "This man receives sinners and eats with them." And He spoke this parable to them, saying: "Which man of you, having a hundred sheep, if he loses one of them, leaves the ninety nine in the wilderness, and goes after that which is lost until he finds it? And when he has found it, he lays it on his shoulders, rejoicing. And when he comes home, he calls together his friends and neighbours, saying to them, Rejoice with me; for I have found my sheep which was lost. I say to you that likewise there shall be more joy in heaven over one sinner that repents, than over ninety nine just persons who need no repentance." (Luke 15:1-7.)
          I have not come to call the righteous, but sinners, to repentance; He seeks the straying sheep. Jesus has much power and a thousand means to seek. Do you know a lost sheep? Commit it to Jesus. Jesus deals kindly with the sinner, to seek and find him. You do likewise, in Jesus' name and with His Word. And when Jesus has found a sinner, when the sinner repents, He takes him to His bosom and absolves him through His Word, comforts him, quiets his fears, and gives him the free Spirit who works confidence of faith within him. And all heaven rejoices, yes, rejoices more over that one sinner than over all the dearly beloved who already have the precious righteousness of faith. O the Saviour's love! O the grace of God! Jesus receives sinners!
          PRAYER: - Dear Lord and Saviour Jesus Christ, rich in mercy, who has come into the world to seek and to save that which was lost, and who is found conversing with poor sinners, I give thanks for Your great mercy and grace, and I beseech You, graciously grant to me true repentance and that I may daily continue in it, that there may be joy in heaven over me, and that my joy may be eternal and perfect. Amen

First Part : Festival Season
August 15, 2022     7:08 am