September 13 - Infinite Forgiveness: 70 X 7. (Matthew 18:21-22 and Romans 14:1-13)
Matthew 18:21 Then Peter came and said to him, "Lord, if another member of the church sins against me, how often should I forgive? As many as seven times?" Jesus said to him, "Not seven times, but, I tell you, seventy times seven times.
Near the core of our faith is this deep spring of forgiveness. Love without forgiveness is not love. Paul speaks for welcoming the weak christians (the legalists).. Maturity in Christ is this kind og release of worry over other people's theology and embracing them beyond their foibles, failures and falls.
September 20 - Rearranging Grace: Last become first. (Jonah 3:10-4:11 and Matthew 15-16)
Matthew 20:15-16 Are you envious because I am generous?' So the last will be first, and the first will be last."
Jonah, like the workers in the parable of the talents, is angry with those who to him are not worthy of God’s love. Jonah and the workers who worked all day for the same pay as those late into the fields, resent others who God has invited into the feast. Like the older sibling in the tale of the prodigal they miss Holy joy, feasting, presence, and community.
September 27 - Anonymous Faithfulness (Matthew 7:21-25, 28-31)
Does the parable of the child who says “no” to God, shows us that God cares more about our works than our religious words.?
October 4 (World Communion Sunday) - Diverse Unity (John 17:18-23 and Ephesians 2:14-22)
Jumping out of lectionary here for this special Sunday. Jesus prays that we might be one, even as we are each uniquely diverse and beloved. It is love that brings us together, this deep respect for the Creator, Spirit and Christ that pulls us together. Christ breaks down the walls in our heart and knits us together into a deeper beloved identity.