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” (Romans 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 (Genesis 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 (Romans 8:8–13).
Collect: Grant, O Lord, we implore You, that the course of this world may be so peaceably ordered by Your governance, that Your Church may joyfully serve You in all godly quietness; through Jesus Christ, Your Son, our Lord. Amen.
Old Testament: Genesis 50:15–21
Epistle: Romans 8:18–23
Holy Gospel: Luke 6:36–42
Daily Readings for the Week of Third Sunday after Trinity
July 10 Proverbs 17:1-28, John 16:17-33 Proverbs 31:10-31, John 21:1-25
July 11 Parable of the Lost Sheep and Lost Coin—Luke 15:1-10 Joshua 1:1-18, Acts 8:1-25
July12 Confessing Christ—Luke 12:1-12 Joshua 2:1-24, Acts 8:26-40
July 13 The Parable of the Rich Fool—Luke 12:13-34 Joshua 3:1-17, Acts 9:1-22
July 14 The Faithful Servant—Luke 12:35-48 Joshua 4:1-24, Acts 9:23-43
July 15 Christ Brings Division and Suffering—Luke 12:49-59 Joshua 5:1–6:5, Acts 10:1-17
July 16 Looking ahead to Sunday’s readings Genesis 50:15–21, Romans 8:18–23, Luke 6:36–42