TUESDAY (August 18, 2020)
In the name of the Father and of the + Son and of the Holy Spirit. Amen.

Gospel Sentence
“Thus says the LORD: “Keep justice, and do righteousness, for soon my salvation will come, and my righteousness be revealed.” (Isaiah 56:1)

Reading
“As regards the gospel, they are enemies for your sake. But as regards election, they are beloved for the sake of their forefathers. For the gifts and the calling of God are irrevocable. For just as you were at one time disobedient to God but now have received mercy because of their disobedience, so they too have now been disobedient in order that by the mercy shown to you they also may now receive mercy. For God has consigned all to disobedience, that he may have mercy on all.” (Romans 11:28–32)

Meditation
God’s mercy is beyond our comprehension. No matter what we’ve done. No matter how far we’ve strayed. No matter if we were even enemies of God, God always takes us back. Like the prodigal son, we may return only because returning is better than living in the gutter—our motives for the return home may be less than pure. Even still, God waits for us with open arms to receive us and welcome us home to the arms of His love and mercy.

Silence

Prayer for Holy Cross Member
Lord Jesus Christ, be with Katie this week. Give her your grace and teach her to learn more of your mercy with each passing day. Amen.

Prayer of the Week (from Sunday)
Almighty and everlasting Father, You give Your children many blessings even though we are undeserving. In every trial and temptation grant us steadfast confidence in Your loving-kindness and mercy; through Jesus Christ, Your Son, our Lord, who lives and reigns with You and the Holy Spirit, one God, now and forever.

Lord’s Prayer