Bulletin: June 12, 2016
Today’s readings tell us about forgiveness of sins, really big sins, but their lesson is about living authentic lives. David has been given tremendous gifts by God and called to a life of leadership and service. Yet he commits adultery and murder. The woman in Luke is a sinner who has disrespected and wasted the gifts, the life, that God gave her. David and the woman sin because they are not living the lives that were given to them. Yet both are forgiven by God, who loves them and us despite our sinfulness. Jesus lives the life that he was given by God to live, difficult as that is. His life leads to his death and resurrection and because of this we are forgiven and saved.
LOSING THE LIFE GIVEN
David had been anointed and called to a life of leadership and service. Instead he lived as an adulterer and murderer. David’s actions were sinful. When David recognized that because of his sin, he had forsaken the life of leadership and service, he was forgiven. In Luke, the Pharisee who welcomed Jesus did not really understand who Jesus was. He did not offer him the symbols of hospitality—water for his feet, oil for his head—that all guests should be offered. Instead, an uninvited woman recognized Jesus. She understood that he was the One who could forgive her sins. She offered Jesus the water, the oil, the kiss that the host did not. She behaved like someone who knew, as Paul reminds us in Galatians, that the source of life, mercy, and forgiveness is Jesus.
LIVING THE AUTHENTIC LIFE
When we fail to live the life given to us by God, we deny the very sacrifice that Jesus made for our salvation. It is easy to see when we fail to live authentically. We sin. We rationalize our choices. We put ourselves first. We are afraid and we are captive to our short-sightedness. How do we know if we are living the life intended for us by God? The life that faith offers is an authentic life rooted in God, whose Son Jesus died and was raised for us. An authentic life reflects the value of what has been given for us, that is, the life of Jesus, sacrificed on the cross. We need only measure our lives by the standards that Jesus’ life reflects: we must act justly, love tenderly, and walk humbly with our God (see Micah 6:8). This is all that is asked of us.
Also in this bulletin:
- SCAP: Sunday Celebration in the Absence of a priest
- Vacation Bible School Sign Ups
- Festival of Trees Tickets
- George McCann Preschool Registration
- Forming Consciences for Faithful Citizenship
- Confirmation/Communion Certificates