Tuesday's Telling of Sunday's Homily

Sermon Summary for Sunday, June 12, 2016 | Meghann K. Humphreys

            Some big things happened on an international scale in the news over the last week – and even as we sat in church on Sunday, another big story was unfolding in Orlando. “What else have we been through? How has it changed you?”

            We are changed by what flows over and around us. We are changed by how and who we forgive.

            Forgiveness = Freedom.

            When we forgive others, something cool happens: we release the grudge. A life of “unforgiveness” is dominated by the past. In the story of the woman cleaning the feet of Jesus, she accepts and receives forgiveness from Jesus. Simon doesn’t really seem to “get it” when Jesus explains this. He falls into the trap of self-righteousness. Of course, we fall into it, too, as we judge Simon.

            Forgiveness is a miracle. There is new life in connections we make with one another through forgiveness. These miracles of forgiveness involve vulnerability as well, but following Jesus is about staying strong when we are vulnerable or anxious.

            Who are we being called to forgive or seek forgiveness from? How might it change us? Give Jesus a chance to help us draw near.

            I'm sure a number of us wonder how forgiveness applies to the Orlando shooter and to those who hate and kill.  Come join those who gather to pray and remember tomorrow (Wednesday) at 7 pm.

Respectfully Submitted by Meghann K. Humphreys