I preach about grace fairly often. This shouldn’t be too much of a surprise, after all grace is one of the hallmarks of following Jesus so it shows up in the Lectionary texts with some frequency. I also very much enjoy preaching about grace because it is one of the hardest things for me, and I expect for others, to keep remembering. Over and over again I find myself living my life as if God’s grace has not been extended to me; I find myself thinking again that I have to earn God’s approval and love . . . sigh. As I have joked now and then, preachers are really preaching to themselves and the congregation gets to listen too, is a reminder that we are all in this together and for the most part share our struggles.
At first glance the Gospel lesson might not suggest grace as a topic but I really think it does. When we look at the story Jesus told to Simon over supper, about two people equally unable to pay back debts, Jesus’ point to Simon revolves around who is most grateful for a debt forgiven. I wanted us to look at it from the perspective of where do we see ourselves in the story? Which debtor are we? The choice we make will tell us quite a bit about us.
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