June 18th, 2017

Read "LUKE 15:11-32" & "PSALM 89:19-29"

Second Sunday after Pentecost / Father's Day

"And he rose and came to his father. But while he was still a long way off, his father saw him and felt compassion, and ran and embraced him and kissed him." (LUKE 15:20)

RETURN TO ME

He comes running. This was not the response expected of a wealthy, dignified man. Full of compassion, forgiving what has gone before, he does not give his son a chance to offer servitude but instead welcomes him back with honor and celebration. A man brimming with generosity and mercy, he gives selflessly to both of his sons.

This is the picture God that Jesus gives us in the parable of the prodigal son, and it is also the picture of God  that Jesus gives in His own life and death. He reached out to the  outcast sinner and the bitterly dutiful Pharisee alike, desiring to gather in all of His children. He is the King of kings, yet He endured the indignity of the cross for the joy that was set before Him, the joy of welcoming us to His heavenly home. He knew that we could not earn out way, so He lavished us with forgiveness and eternal life as His free gifts.

As we celebrate fathers today, may we rejoice in knowing the Father of all, who is full of such love and mercy toward us!

Heavenly Father, thank You for revealing Your compassion and forgiveness to me in You Son, Jesus! Amen!

Highland Park Lutheran Church (LCMC)

147 East Euclid Avenue

Des Moines, Iowa 50313-4577

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