Daily Bible ReadingsJune 13 Proverbs 13:1–25; John 14:18–31
June 14 Proverbs 14:1–27; John 15:1–11
June 15 Proverbs 15:1–29; John 15:12–27
June 16 Proverbs 16:1–24; John 16:1–16
June 17 Proverbs 17:1–28; John 16:17–33; Proverbs 18:1—20:4
June 18 Proverbs 20:5–25; John 17:1–26; Proverbs 21:1–31
June 19 Proverbs 22:1–21; John 18:1–14
Looking Forward to Next Sunday: The Third Sunday after trinity
“This man receives sinners and eats with them” (Luke 15:1–10). This statement of judgment against Jesus by the Pharisees is in fact a proclamation of Gospel truth. For our God is one who delights in mercy, who casts all our sins into the depths of the sea through the cross (Micah 7:18–20). “Christ Jesus came into the world to save sinners” (1 Timothy 1:12–17). Those who refuse to be counted as sinners also refuse Jesus who came only for sinners. Those like the older son (Luke 15:11–32) who think they are righteous of themselves will not join in the heavenly celebration over the sinner who repents and so remain outside of the Father’s house. Let us therefore be on guard against self–righteously trusting in our own merits. “Humble yourselves under the mighty hand of God, that He may exalt you in due time” (1 Peter 5:6–11). Rejoice that Jesus receives sinners like us and that He still sits at table with us in the Holy Supper, bestowing His forgiveness and life.
O God, the Protector of all that trust in You, without whom nothing is strong, nothing is holy, increase and multiply upon us Your mercy that, You being our Ruler and Guide, we may so pass through things temporal that we finally lose not the things eternal; through Jesus Christ, Your Son, our Lord . Amen.
Old Testament: Micah 7:18–20
Epistle: 1 Peter 5:6–11
Holy Gospel: Luke 15:11–32