Sunday Devotional: It is not who you are, but what you do

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Matthew 21:28-32

Jesus said to the chief priests and elders of the people:
“What is your opinion?
A man had two sons.
He came to the first and said,
‘Son, go out and work in the vineyard today.’
He said in reply, ‘I will not, ‘
but afterwards changed his mind and went.
The man came to the other son and gave the same order.
He said in reply, ‘Yes, sir, ‘but did not go.
Which of the two did his father’s will?”
They answered, “The first.”
Jesus said to them, “Amen, I say to you,
tax collectors and prostitutes
are entering the kingdom of God before you.
When John came to you in the way of righteousness,
you did not believe him;
but tax collectors and prostitutes did.
Yet even when you saw that,
you did not later change your minds and believe him.”

Today’s reading continues the theme of  a week ago, that it’s never too late to change.
And when we change, there will be great joy in Heaven.

Luke 15:1-7

The tax collectors and sinners were all drawing near to listen to him,
but the Pharisees and scribes began to complain, saying,
“This man welcomes sinners and eats with them.”
So to them he addressed this parable.
“What man among you having a hundred sheep
and losing one of them

would not leave the ninety-nine in the desert
and go after the lost one until he finds it?
And when he does find it,
he sets it on his shoulders with great joy and,
upon his arrival home,
he calls together his friends and neighbors and says to them,
‘Rejoice with me because I have found my lost sheep.’
I tell you, in just the same way
there will be more joy in heaven over one sinner who repents
than over ninety-nine righteous people who have no need of repentance.”

Psalms 25:6-7

Remember your compassion and your mercy, O LORD,
for they are ages old.
Remember no more the sins of my youth;
remember me according to your mercy,
because of your goodness, LORD.

May the peace of Jesus Christ our Lord be with you,
~Eowyn

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0 responses to “Sunday Devotional: It is not who you are, but what you do

  1. Amen, have mercy on my soul as I await. Patiently

     
  2. beautiful devotional Dr. Eowyn.

     
  3. Reblogged this on kommonsentsjane and commented:
    Reblogged on kommonsentsjane/blogkommonsents.
    Sunday Devotional.
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  4. Wonderful reminder on this Sabbath Day. Thank you.

     
  5. The parable of the lost sheep is my very favorite. The Lord has placed me on his shoulders many times and brought me back home.
    Thank you Dr. Eowyn.

     
  6. Today we talked of having a “contrite heart”. As in the Sacrament of Reconciliation sometimes one is asked to do an act of contrition. The purpose being to realize our utter dependance on and unworthiness before God.
    Jesus said “it is easier for a camel to pass through the eye of a needle than for a wealthy man to inherit the Kingdom”. Again, the lesson being, when we are “wealthy” we become proud. Proud men and women don’t realize their dependance on God and falter.
    As with last week’s readings, these continue the theme of God “doing whatever he likes with his money”. We should ponder this whenever we become too sanctimonious over some sinner’s actions and the apparent result in legal matters. God is the ultimate judge, we only serve in a very minor manner and limited way.
    If we walk humbly and cautiously through life we are much less likely to crash into something and cause serious injury than if we a proud and stride over-confidently.

     
  7. These are comforting words for an often wayward black sheep. Thank you, Dr.E.

     
  8. Thank you to all for your comments. God bless you!

     

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