Book of Micah 7:14-15.18-20.
Shepherd your people with your staff, the flock of your inheritance, That dwells apart in a woodland, in the midst of Carmel. Let them feed in Bashan and Gilead, as in the days of old; As in the days when you came from the land of Egypt, show us wonderful signs.
Who is there like you, the God who removes guilt and pardons sin for the remnant of his inheritance; Who does not persist in anger forever, but delights rather in clemency, and will again have compassion on us, treading underfoot our guilt? You will cast into the depths of the sea all our sins; You will show faithfulness to Jacob, and grace to Abraham, As you have sworn to our fathers from days of old.
Of David. Bless the LORD, my soul;
all my being, bless his holy name!
Bless the LORD, my soul;
not forget all the gifts of God,
who pardons all your sins, heals all your ills,
delivers your life from the pit,
surrounds you with love and compassion.
God does not
always rebuke, nurses no lasting anger,
Has not dealt with us as our sins merit,
nor requited us
as our deeds deserve.
As the heavens tower over the earth,
so God's love towers over the
As far as the east is from the west,
so far have our sins been removed from us.
Holy Gospel of Jesus Christ according to Saint Luke 15:1-3.11-32.
Tax collectors and sinners were all drawing near to listen to Jesus, but the Pharisees and scribes began to complain, saying, "This man welcomes sinners and eats with them." So to them he addressed this parable.
Then he said, "A man had two sons, and the younger son said to his father, 'Father, give me
the share of your estate that should come to me.' So the father divided the property between them.
After a few days, the younger son collected all his belongings and set off to a distant country
where he squandered his inheritance on a life of dissipation. When he had freely spent
everything, a severe famine struck that country, and he found himself in dire need.
So he hired
himself out to one of the local citizens who sent him to his farm to tend the swine. And he
longed to eat his fill of the pods on which the swine fed, but nobody gave him any. Coming to
his senses he thought, 'How many of my father's hired workers have more than enough food to eat, but
here am I, dying from hunger.
I shall get up and go to my father and I shall say to him,
"Father, I have sinned against heaven and against you. I no longer deserve to be called your
son; treat me as you would treat one of your hired workers."'
So he got up and went back to his
father. While he was still a long way off, his father caught sight of him, and was filled with
compassion. He ran to his son, embraced him and kissed him.
His son said to him, 'Father, I have sinned against heaven and against you; I no longer deserve to be called your son.'
father ordered his servants, 'Quickly bring the finest robe and put it on him; put a ring on his
finger and sandals on his feet. Take the fattened calf and slaughter it. Then let us celebrate
with a feast, because this son of mine was dead, and has come to life again; he was lost, and
has been found.' Then the celebration began.
Now the older son had been out in the field and, on
his way back, as he neared the house, he heard the sound of music and dancing. He called one of
the servants and asked what this might mean. The servant said to him, 'Your brother has returned
and your father has slaughtered the fattened calf because he has him back safe and sound.'
became angry, and when he refused to enter the house, his father came out and pleaded with him.
He said to his father in reply, 'Look, all these years I served you and not once did I disobey
your orders; yet you never gave me even a young goat to feast on with my friends. But when your
son returns who swallowed up your property with prostitutes, for him you slaughter the fattened
He said to him, 'My son, you are here with me always; everything I have is yours. But now we must celebrate and rejoice, because your brother was dead and has come to life again; he was lost and has been found.'"
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