By the Reverend Dr. Warren Crews
Editor's note: Father Warren gave this sermon on September 20; we're just now getting it published. We're grateful for your patience!
They say that half of life is showing up in the right place and the right time. I feel like that right now, because here we are on a Sunday when the gospel lesson is a parable that Jesus told that is placed in vineyard country in late September when the grape harvest has ripened. In rural Palestine, there was a short period of time to get the harvest in before the rains came and ruined the grapes. So, it was a frantic time. As was always the case, day laborers would gather in the village square waiting to be hired for the day. These workers were at the bottom of the social and economic ladder. They and their families lived from day to day. No work that day meant no food on the table.
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By the Reverend Kevin McGrane
Editor's note: Deacon Kevin gave this sermon on September 13; we're just now getting it published. We're grateful for your patience!
Today’s gospel lesson is about Jesus’ concepts of forgiveness which is a very generous understanding of forgiveness.
The parable we hear today is meant to open up our understanding of the question, “How many times should I forgive someone?” And the answer from Jesus is, “You forgive them a lot.”
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