These are the lessons of the Fifteenth Sunday after Pentecost. The Old Testament readings from Exodus and the Psalms show God's sovereignty and power over the whole of His creation to accomplish all that He wills; to apply merciful salvation upon those whom He will show mercy, and to apply righteous judgment upon those whom He will show justice. In the New Testament readings from Romans and Matthew's Gospel, we are reminded that as objects having received the Father's infinite mercy, we are obligated to pass that mercy on to our brothers and sisters in Christ, never forgetting that it is the Lord, not you or I, that sit upon the judgment seat.
May God's Holy Spirit write His law upon our hearts so that we neither quarrel nor despise one another, but rather speedily forgive our brothers and sisters from the heart.
A Reading from the Old TEstament
A Reading from the Psalms
A Reading from the Epistles
A Reading from the Gospel
God of justice and mercy, you brought your people out of slavery with a mighty hand. Deliver us from our captivity to pride and indifference to the gifts and needs of your church, that we may be ready to love one another as you have loved us, and to give even as we have received. May this be granted in the name of Christ for the glory of His kingdom. Amen.