August 9, 2022     3:35 pm
57. Week of Third Sunday after Epiphany - Sunday
There shall be joy in heaven over one sinner that repents
          Likewise there shall be joy in heaven over one sinner that repents, more than over ninety nine just persons who need no repentance.   Luke 15:7
          To-day we will continue the parable of Jesus which did not conclude yesterday.- Now the elder son was in the field; and as he came near to the house, he heard music and dancing. And he called one of the servants, and asked what these things meant. And he said to him: "Your brother has come home; and your father has killed the fatted calf, because he has received him safe and sound." And he was angry, and would not go in; therefore his father came out and entreated him. And he, answering, said to his father: "Lo, these many years I have served you, neither have I at any time transgressed your commandment, and yet you never gave me a kid, that I might make merry with my friends; but as soon as this your son came, who has devoured your living with prostitutes, you have killed for him the fatted calf." And he said to him: "Son, you are always with me, and all that I have is yours. It was proper that we should make merry and be glad; for this your brother was dead, and is alive again; and was lost, and is found." (Luke 15:25-32.)
          Here you see how there is joy in heaven over one sinner that repents, more than over ninety nine just persons who need no repentance, need no new repentance after some great fall from grace. Here you see how children of God are attacked by wicked thoughts, and their eye becomes evil because God is so good. Here you see how promptly and most kindly God sets His children right again through His Word and Holy Spirit. And here you see how the children of God must join in the joy which is in heaven over one sinner that repents.
          PRAYER: - Lord, my God, I thank You that You have graciously adopted me as Your child and let me dwell with You, so that all that You have is mine and I lack no truly good thing. O my God, this is nothing but mercy which You show me in Christ, my Saviour, and of which I am altogether unworthy. Now when You quicken to new life some poor lost child of sin and take him to Your bosom, then grant that I may not be forgetful of the grace on which alone I subsist, and that I may have no evil eye. And though such dark thoughts set upon me, set me right again, that I, too, may rejoice with You and the holy angels over my brother who was dead and is alive again, who was lost and is found. Grant this, O merciful God, for the sake of Jesus Christ, my Saviour. Amen.

First Part : Festival Season
August 9, 2022     3:35 pm