Fourth Sunday after Pentecost year c – br Andrew

The Blue Mountains Franciscan Church

Sermon preached on Sunday 12th June

by Br Andrew Efo at Springwood

Readings: – 2 samuel 11:26-12:15; Psalm 51; Luke 7:36-8:3

written in the train 12/06/16

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On Sunday morning as I make my way up the Mountain for my rostered Sunday as Presiding Pastor in our small Community it gives me the opportunity to allow the encounters of the week to pass before my eyes.

This morning I considered what had come my way from other hands this past week, from the Brock Turner rape scandal in the USA to the arguments for and against the time line of the Synoptic Gospels.

When thinking of the former I realized that It had been at the back of my mind as I wrote the first edition of this morning’s Sermon.

The order of the transmission of these records are less important than the teachings they contain.

Today we regard the beginning of the House of David, and are privy to the event’s proceeding from David’s Adulterous relationship with Bathsheba, wife of Uriah the Hittite.

In the light of rape, a sin, in my eyes equivalent to the theft of a Soul and the desecration of a temple of the Holy Spirit, David’s adultery followed by premeditated murder in the second degree surely cannot be much different? Our Gospel shows us the encounter between the woman of bad character, Jesus, Simon the Pharisee and a jar of precious ointment. We do not know her sins but that she is driven, in the tears of contrition to the only one who can make her whole again. She doesn’t need a parable to understand her relationship between her sins and the great love she already feels for her Savior and Redeemer.

David, on the other hand has been blinded by his own greedy desire and the cloud which comes between the sinner’s soul and their God, has been caught up in the rolling stone of consumerism, oblivious to all wrongdoings.

Both teachers, prophet Nathan and Jesus Ben YHWH, use the Allegory, or Parable to convince the sinners of guilt and shame and their correspondence to the degree of love the Redeemed will have for God.

The intention to remind us that in the summing up at the end of it all, only God can forgive sins per the judgement of Christ.

Nathan’s tale of the beloved ewe lamb awakens David to the heinous nature of such a crime, yet the prophet must tell David that he is the selfish rich man who has murdered the poor man’s only darling. David cannot make reparation. His punishment should have been death. There is both reassurance and awful news in the trowel load of allegations laid against David. The Sword shall not depart from his House even to the Crucifixion of the Messiah who reclines at table with the dollar and cent mind of Simon the Pharisee, who’s sins are few though unclaimed, he of little love.

The one who loves much?

Sometimes I do forget, fail to heed the unwritten law on my heart, get clobbered by the Holy Spirit and come to my senses. Then, like David, I am contrite, and my prayers are proportional to my fall.

We read David’s Prayer of contrition and repentance in the Psalm today, one of the most famous there is.

We know, that he, like the woman in the Gospel was forgiven much and loved much.

 

Simon and his guests were blind to theirs, even though both characters in Jesus’ parable where forgiven, both had yet to claim that eternal prize.

Jesus turns to the woman and says ‘go in peace your sins are forgiven’!

 

Her great love has been there from the beginning in her tears and loving care of the One who had come to table, Simon could not even remember his table manners.

Those who’s are the greatest sins have the greatest love once contrition is released by awareness through the Holy Spirit, for God came into the world, as the last of the House of David to die so that no others may die in their sins but live with the love of the Redeemed.

Br. Andrew Efo


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