Sermon Summary for Sunday, October 23rd, 2016 | Respectfully Submitted by Kelley Dial
Father Tindall delivered the sermon and helped us hear the 2nd reading and the Gospel through God's ears.
The Second Book of Timothy is viewed by many as a pastoral letter written by someone other than Paul, having not been penned until after his death. Most likely, the author was someone who knew Paul well and wrote the text believing Paul would have said the same things, had he been alive. It is a compliment to Paul that the book is written as if the words were his. The readings look back on Paul's faithful life and are made no less powerful by the fact that someone else wrote the words. They still instruct us on the character of a Christian Minister, as does the rest of the book.
The Gospel reading from Luke discusses how we pray through a parable. Jesus talks about a Pharisee and a Tax Collector who both come to the temple to pray. The Pharisee proceeds to list the many ways in which he is deserving of God's favor. The Tax Collector simply identifies himself as a sinner and asks for the Lord's mercy. The Tax Collector then receives justification since "all who exalt themselves will be humbled" and "all who humble themselves will be exalted". God's ears don't need to hear a list of our accomplishments. Prayer is not like polishing our resumé. Rather, God's ears yearn to hear us acknowledge our imperfections and ask for the forgiveness only He can give. Perhaps more than anything, God then desires us to leave plenty of silence so we may listen for his answer.