The scripture for this week’s sermon involves Jesus sticking up for a sinful woman.
The theme of the first part of my message is to sit, and accept the unearned grace of God. Curiously enough, the scripture begins with the act of relaxing, “Now one of the Pharisees invited Jesus to have dinner with him, so he went to the Pharisee’s house and reclined at the table.” Luke 7:36 But the notion of beginning with acceptance and unearned grace comes at the end of the story, which is the beginning of the sinful woman’s saved life. “Jesus said to the woman, “Your faith has saved you; go in peace.'” Luke 7:50. Grace and Salvation are terms I’m interested in breathing new life into. I think they point to realities that deserve more consideration but we enlightened folks.
The second theme of my sermon deals with walking the walk. Going the extra mile for you fellow humans and living rightly. This idea is a little tough to see in the story at first. I do note that the church people “did not give [Jesus] any water for [his] feet, but she wet [his] feet with her tears and wiped them with her hair.” Also, Jesus said to her, “I tell you, her many sins have been forgiven—for she loved much.” So, the notion of helping others to the extreme and the idea of sinfulness are both present in the story.
The pay off, is standing up to evil. The whole story is about that. Evil doers, who in the name of the church do wrong. The anti-science in the name of the church is not only interfering with the lay person’s understanding of the origin of the planet; it is allowing the cure for diseases to go unresearched and it is being used as an excuse to ignore the destruction of the planet God gave us. Just for one example of evil.
Food for thought.