God's work - Reflections - 9-10-16

 Texts at Gloria Dei for September 11, 2016 
Photo by Jeannine Larabee

 Today’s Texts:
 Ephesians 2:8-10
 John 8:2-11

Gloria Dei is leaving the lectionary for the month of September to consider God’s calling through Grace Building. But, in case you would like to keep up with the rest of the Church, I will list the lectionary texts we are not using each week and daily readings related to them at the bottom of this post. 

In John 8, I really want to self-righteously point my fingers at the religious leaders in the crowd and call them out on their self-righteous judgement. 


So, instead, I’ll turn my eyes toward Jesus. The religious leaders were actually just trying to bait him and the woman was a handy object to use for that. They were trying to start an argument.  So Jesus knelt down and wrote in the dirt. SO MANY people have tried to figure why he did that and what he wrote and there are tons of theories; I don’t know if that really matters. A couple weeks ago I pasted a meme on my Facebook page that said: Remember you don’t have to attend every argument you are invited to.

After dispatching the crowd, Jesus turned to the woman. He actually looked at her. He actually saw her. Grace is about relationship not law. 

Ephesians says that God created us for good works in Jesus. Paired with this Gospel, our good works of grace are about relationship. It is not just about freedom. It is about freedom to love…to serve…to do good works as God created us to do.


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Revised Common Lectionary Texts for September 11, 2016
17th Sunday after Pentecost

Exodus 32:7-14
Psalm 51:1-10
1 Timothy 1:12-17
Luke 15:1-10

Sunday  Luke 15:1-10
Monday  Psalm 73:26-28
Tuesday  Jonah 3:6-10
Wednesday  1 Timothy 1:15-16
Thursday  Psalm 113
Friday  Romans 8:31-34
Saturday  Mark12:41-44
Sunday Luke 16:1-13

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