Sunday, November 12, 2023

Twenty-fourth Sunday after Pentecost

Watchword for the week — Keep awake therefore, for you know neither the day nor the hour. Matthew 25:13

Sunday, November 12 — Amos 5:18-24; Psalm 70
1 Thessalonians 4:13-18; Matthew 25:1-13

Joseph said to his brothers, “Do not quarrel along the way.” Genesis 45:24

Bear with one another and, if anyone has a complaint against another, forgive each other; just as the Lord has forgiven you, so you also must forgive. Colossians 3:13

Lord, it can be so difficult to forgive after we’ve been hurt. There is no shortage of stories of people being taken advantage of, done wrong to, or worse. We want justice. We want to know why. Christ has shown us that forgiveness must come first. Spirit, fill us with the strength to forgive, as this is the cornerstone of reconciliation. Amen.