Eleventh Sunday of Ordinary Time C, June 12, 2016

1 Kings 21:1-10 (11-14) 15-21a
Psalm 5:1-8
Galatians 2:15-21
Luke 7:36-8:3

One: O Lord, in the morning you hear our voices. 
All: Through the abundance of your steadfast love, we enter your house.
One: We will bow down toward your holy temple in awe of you.
All: Lead us, O Lord, in your righteousness; make your way straight before us. 
One: Today may we better understand your priorities over our quests for power and comfort. 
All: May we bow faithfully before you and be saved by our faith. Let us worship God. 

O Lord, today we see the contrasts between life following you and ignoring  you in our scriptures. Help us translate that into our own lives and the world around us. Give us the strength to follow you and your ways. In the face of your glory, may we have the humility and wisdom of the woman who knelt at your feet. In Christ’s name we pray. Amen. 

The woman in the Gospel was brave enough to come before Christ in her sinfulness. Let us follow her courageous example and also lay our sins bare. 

Gracious God, we have strayed from your ways. We have not been in righteous, right relationships with others. We have desperately wanted what is not ours, and we have trod upon others to get it. We have presumed ourselves better than others. We have thought ourselves smarter than you. Forgive us, we pray, for our willful ignorance and cruelty. Help us become who you intend for us to be. Amen. 

As the woman was washing Jesus’ feet with her tears and drying them with her hair he said: “I tell you, her sins, which were many, have been forgiven; hence she has shown great love. But the one to whom little is forgiven, loves little.” Then he said to her, “Your sins are forgiven.”  Jesus continued, saying “Your faith has saved you; go in peace.”

Dear ones, we need not fear coming before our Lord. In the name of Jesus Christ your sins are forgiven. Your faith has saved you. Go in peace. 

Scripture teaches us that possessions can make us blind and lead us to believe that we deserve what we have and know better than others. Let us free ourselves and return back to God what was never really ours in the first place. Let us bring forth our tithes and offerings. 

O Holy One, we bring back to you what was always yours. May what we have brought forth today enrich your creation and further your justice. Amen. 

The table in the Pharisee’s house was particular to him just like this table is particular to here, but once Jesus was invited it became a table for all. The sinful woman somehow became the most appropriate dinner companion. And so it is with this table. It has been turned over to serve the Lord’s meal, and all are welcome with the most sinful and needy probably also the most welcome. Come and find company, love and refreshment at Christ’s table. 

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