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16 June 2013

Sermon: Proper 6C (Gospel)

16 June AD 2013
Pentecost 4

Title: Supersized (MP3 Audio)

Jesus' Feet Anointed Summary: “Supersizing” fell out of favor with the American consumer as health advocates piled blame on fast food companies for increasing portion sizes of their most fattening foods. It was blamed for making Americans fatter and fatter — with little being said about these same Americans keeping their faces buried in a trough filled with empty calories.

Today’s Gospel reveals supersized conditions, attitudes, and actions. The enormity of each individual’s sins is far beyond human ability to know and enumerate them. Yet God can know each of them down to the tiniest detail. Worse, we often magnify our own sinfulness by judging others to be more sinful than we.

Simon was a half-hearted host at least in part because he was “half-forgiven.” He judged himself to be holier than many others, including the “sinful” woman who crashed his party. Therefore, he didn’t know to give all of his sins to God in order to receive all of God’s forgiveness. In contrast, the “sinner” showed the supersized forgiveness that was hers and responded with her supersized display of love for her Savior.

When we compare ourselves to others or ignore selected iniquities because we refuse to admit how abhorrent they are to God, we choose to have Him not forgive all our sins. We are then “forgiven little” not because we are small-scale sinners but because we ignore the size of our debt. If we would truly live with supersized love, we must ignore our supersized pride, confess our supersized guilt, and receive supersized forgiveness.

Text: One of the Pharisees asked [Jesus] to eat with him, and he went into the Pharisee’s house and reclined at the table.

And behold, a woman of the city, who was a sinner, when she learned that he was reclining at table in the Pharisee’s house, brought an alabaster flask of ointment, and standing behind him at his feet, weeping, she began to wet his feet with her tears and wiped them with the hair of her head and kissed his feet and anointed them with the ointment.

By Ed Riojas at Higher Things Now when the Pharisee who had invited him saw this, he said to himself, “If this man were a prophet, he would have known who and what sort of woman this is who is touching him, for she is a sinner.”

And Jesus answering said to him, “Simon, I have something to say to you.”

And he answered, “Say it, Teacher.”

“A certain moneylender had two debtors. One owed five hundred denarii, and the other fifty. When they could not pay, he cancelled the debt of both. Now which of them will love him more?”

Simon answered, “The one, I suppose, for whom he cancelled the larger debt.”

And he said to him, “You have judged rightly.”

Then turning toward the woman he said to Simon, “Do you see this woman? I entered your house; you gave me no water for my feet, but she has wet my feet with her tears and wiped them with her hair. You gave me no kiss, but from the time I came in she has not ceased to kiss my feet. You did not anoint my head with oil, but she has anointed my feet with ointment. Therefore I tell you, her sins, which are many, are forgiven — for she loved much. But he who is forgiven little, loves little.”

And he said to her, “Your sins are forgiven.”

Then those who were at table with him began to say among themselves, “Who is this, who even forgives sins?”

And he said to the woman, “Your faith has saved you; go in peace.”

Soon afterward he went on through cities and villages, proclaiming and bringing the good news of the kingdom of God. And the twelve were with him, and also some women who had been healed of evil spirits and infirmities: Mary, called Magdalene, from whom seven demons had gone out, and Joanna, the wife of Chuza, Herod’s household manager, and Susanna, and many others, who provided for them out of their means. Luke 7:36-8:3

Scripture quoted from The Holy Bible, English Standard Version®, © 2001 by Crossway Bibles, a publishing ministry of Good News Publishers. Used by permission. All rights reserved.

Audio: Click to hear the MP3 of Supersized. Preached to the saints of God at Immanuel Lutheran Church, Lincoln, Missouri.

NB: For some reason, a few people have had problems trying to play the inline audio if Windows Media is their default MP3 player. If this occurs, you can either change to QuickTime or another default browser player, copy and paste the link directly into a selected player, or download it to your computer, where it seems to work regardless of which player. Several folks have suggested VLC Player from VideoLAN.

Other Readings: Psalm 32:1-7; 2 Samuel 11:26-12:10, 13-14; Galatians 2:15-21, 3:10-14

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