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For Sunday 15 September 2019


As we gather for worship Sunday the readings all deal with sinners, people against whom God's anger quite rightly might burn, people whom he has every right to destroy and wipe from the face of the earth. Through Ezekiel God warns unmerciful and selfish sheep of his flock about the results of their actions. But this is far from his only, or even preferred response. What predominates is the Lord showing mercy, calling sinners to repentance, and forgiving them. The scattered and helpless flock of Israel; St. Paul, blasphemer, persecutor, and violent man; many tax collectors and other public sinners; all received mercy from the Lord. The Pharisees and teachers of the law were right when they said, "This man welcomes sinners and eats with them" (Luke 15:2). But they didn't understand the wonderful truth they spoke, that in the person of this man God was welcoming–and still welcomes–sinners! With Paul we say: To him "be honor and glory forever and ever. Amen" (1 Timothy 1:17).






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