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Seventeenth Sunday after Trinity

– Thursday –



Blessed are the merciful; for they shall obtain mercy. – Matthew 5:7.

True Christians, God’s children, are known to be merciful. For their faith daily teaches and reminds them that it is only and exclusively by the mercy of God that they are what they are. And this light of divine mercy is reflected in their regenerated hearts. They also hear their Savior say: “Be ye therefore merciful, as your Father also is merciful” (Luke 6:36). And the Holy Ghost, the Spirit of the Father and of Christ, makes them merciful. The seed of mercy germinates and sprouts and buds and blossoms and bears fruit within their hearts, which by nature indeed are sinful and, hence, unmerciful. For the new birth is mightier than the carnal birth. True Christians, God’s children, are to be merciful toward friend and foe, toward fellow-believers and toward such as adhere to false doctrines, toward rich and poor, indeed, toward everybody. Mercy is the element in which they live, as a fish lives in water and a bird in the air. They are blessed. For they, too, obtain mercy, even in this present time, from God, their Father, as well as from their brethren and sisters in the faith. And one day, on the day of Christ’s reappearing, theirs shall be a bliss inexpressible, when by God’s mercy they shall bask in His never-ending mercies.

PRAYER. – Merciful God, in whose mercy I live and have my being, whose mercies never fail, endure forever, and shall finally lead me to heaven: Take me, a poor sinner, I implore Thee, and make me ever more like Thee. My Father, I desire to bear Thine image, for I love Thee. And I would have all men to know that I am Thy child. Make me merciful, even as Thou art merciful! Amen.

O God of mercy, God of might,
In love and pity infinite,
Teach us, as ever in Thy sight,
To live our life to Thee.
Teach us the lesson Thou hast taught,
To feel for those Thy blood hath bought,
That ev’ry word and deed and thought
May work a work for Thee.
Hymn 439, 1. 3.(TLH)




Bible Reading

Weekly Reading Theme: Fruits

Galatians 6:7-10

7 Be not deceived; God is not mocked: for whatsoever a man soweth, that shall he also reap.8 For he that soweth to his flesh shall of the flesh reap corruption; but he that soweth to the Spirit shall of the Spirit reap life everlasting.9 And let us not be weary in well doing: for in due season we shall reap, if we faint not.10 As we have therefore opportunity, let us do good unto all men, especially unto them who are of the household of faith.

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