Thursday, June 25, 2009

Daily readings June 28 - July 4

Daily Lectionary

June 28 Joshua 3:1–17; Acts 9:1–22

June 29 (St Peter & St Paul) Joshua 4:1–24; Acts 9:23–43

June 30 Joshua 5:1—6:5; Acts 10:1–17

July 1 Joshua 6:6–27; Acts 10:18–33

July 2 Joshua 7:1–26; Acts 10:34–48

July 3 Joshua 8:1–28; Acts 11:1–18

July 4 Joshua 10:1–25; Acts 11:19–30

NEXT WEEKS LESSONS: The Fourth Sunday after Trinity

“Be merciful, just as your Father also is merciful”(Luke 6:36–42). The old Adam in us, however, wants to condemn and seek vengeance. But the Lord says, “Vengeance is Mine, I will repay” (Rom 12:14–21). To condemn, to avenge yourself, is to put yourself in the place of God. It is to fail to trust that He is just. Ultimately, it is to disbelieve that Jesus suffered the full vengeance for all wrongs. Only Christ is merciful as the Father is merciful. He is the one who overcame all evil with the good of His cross, forgiving even His executioners. Jesus is our Joseph, who comforts us with words of pardon and reconciliation (Gen 50:15–21). He is the One who does not condemn but gives life that runs over. Only through faith in Christ are we sons of the Father—being merciful, forgiving, doing good to our enemies. For in Christ we know that the sufferings of this present time are not worthy to be compared with the glory which shall be revealed in us (Rom 8:8–13).

Old Testament: Genesis 50:15–21

Epistle: Romans 12:14–21

Holy Gospel: Luke 6:36–42

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