The Company You Keep
“This man receives sinners and eats with them.” Luke 15:2
The words of the Pharisees in today’s reading aren’t meant to be a complaint. How could Jesus associate Himself with such people? Thieving tax collectors, the sexually immoral, sinners of all sorts are present. And He’s not only spending time talking with them, but He’s also actually engaging in close fellowship by sharing a meal with them! How could He sully Himself with such unclean people like that? No true rabbi would act that way.
Jesus did not come to condone their sin, but to rescue them from their sin. He was not above getting down into the mess of their lives in order to help and deliver them. For He had come for the very purpose of dirtying Himself with our sins and dying for them in order to raise us up with Himself to a new life.
“This man receives sinners and eats with them.” Those grumbling words of the Pharisees are the best news. They mean that Jesus welcomes us too! He is still the One who comes right into the midst of our lives with His renewing Word, who is present for us at the Table with His holy body and blood for the forgiveness of all of our sins. This is God’s joy. This is what makes the angels jubilant, that we receive Christ in penitent faith and are restored to heaven.
(Father in heaven, grant us joy in seeing repentant sinners brought back to You. Amen.)
New International Version (NIV)
The Parable of the Lost Sheep
15 Now the tax collectors and sinners were all gathering around to hear Jesus. 2 But the Pharisees and the teachers of the law muttered, “This man welcomes sinners and eats with them.”
3 Then Jesus told them this parable: 4 “Suppose one of you has a hundred sheep and loses one of them. Doesn’t he leave the ninety-nine in the open country and go after the lost sheep until he finds it? 5 And when he finds it, he joyfully puts it on his shoulders 6 and goes home. Then he calls his friends and neighbors together and says, ‘Rejoice with me; I have found my lost sheep.’ 7 I tell you that in the same way there will be more rejoicing in heaven over one sinner who repents than over ninety-nine righteous persons who do not need to repent.
The Parable of the Lost Coin
8 “Or suppose a woman has ten silver coins[a] and loses one. Doesn’t she light a lamp, sweep the house and search carefully until she finds it? 9 And when she finds it, she calls her friends and neighbors together and says, ‘Rejoice with me; I have found my lost coin.’ 10 In the same way, I tell you, there is rejoicing in the presence of the angels of God over one sinner who repents.”
Luke 15:8 Greek ten drachmas, each worth about a day’s wages
1 Praise the Lord.[a]
Praise the name of the Lord;
praise him, you servants of the Lord,
2 you who minister in the house of the Lord,
in the courts of the house of our God.
3 Praise the Lord, for the Lord is good;
sing praise to his name, for that is pleasant.
4 For the Lord has chosen Jacob to be his own,
Israel to be his treasured possession.
5 I know that the Lord is great,
that our Lord is greater than all gods.
6 The Lord does whatever pleases him,
in the heavens and on the earth,
in the seas and all their depths.
7 He makes clouds rise from the ends of the earth;
he sends lightning with the rain
and brings out the wind from his storehouses.
8 He struck down the firstborn of Egypt,
the firstborn of people and animals.
9 He sent his signs and wonders into your midst, Egypt,
against Pharaoh and all his servants.
10 He struck down many nations
and killed mighty kings—
11 Sihon king of the Amorites,
Og king of Bashan,
and all the kings of Canaan—
12 and he gave their land as an inheritance,
an inheritance to his people Israel.
13 Your name, Lord, endures forever,
your renown, Lord, through all generations.
14 For the Lord will vindicate his people
and have compassion on his servants.
15 The idols of the nations are silver and gold,
made by human hands.
16 They have mouths, but cannot speak,
eyes, but cannot see.
17 They have ears, but cannot hear,
nor is there breath in their mouths.
18 Those who make them will be like them,
and so will all who trust in them.
19 All you Israelites, praise the Lord;
house of Aaron, praise the Lord;
20 house of Levi, praise the Lord;
you who fear him, praise the Lord.
21 Praise be to the Lord from Zion,
to him who dwells in Jerusalem.
Praise the Lord.
Psalm 135:1 Hebrew Hallelu Yah; also in verses 3 and 21
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This made me giggle like a loser.
boss is going by
quick wave at the boss
it’s just looks exactly like how a parent would wave to their child lol so cute
this is a horribly powerful image
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Lazy sunday with my love