Sermon: Assumptions and sin-mirrors (June 12, 2016)

David and Nathan, by Jacob Backer

David and Nathan, by Jacob Backer

Text:
2 Samuel 11:26-12:10, 13-15
Luke 7:36-8:1-3

Any number of factors can cause us to make assumptions about other people, and often these assumptions turn to judgments. It happens in scripture, and it happens in our daily lives. In his interpretation of the 8th commandment, however, Luther urges us to interpret our neighbor’s actions in the “best possible light.” When we are able to do that, we might also be able to see where we have fallen short of that, and in turn, seek repentance – the very same healing repentance and subsequent forgiveness we see in Jesus’ interaction with the sinful woman in today’s Gospel.

Pentecost 4C (6.12.16)