St. Paul Lutheran Church, Karnes City: Forgiven much
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The people of St. Paul’s Lutheran, Karnes City, were invited to follow Jesus to a dinner party thrown by one Simon the Pharisee, where the shameless actions of a notoriously “sinful” woman became the occasion for a lesson in forgiveness. The woman crashes the party and begins anointing Jesus’ feet with a combination of expensive oil and her own tears and drying his feet with her hair. Her actions are taken by Jesus to be motivated by love, while the host Simon only sees social humiliation and doubts Jesus’ reputation as a prophet of God.

Jesus tells Simon a parable which exposes his self-righteous attitude and points out that one who is forgiven much is freed to act with radical love. Acts of love are signs that we know our need for God’s forgiveness and become evidence of faith in God’s forgiveness to change the core of who we are. How does Simon react to Jesus’ story? Does Simon change his ways? The story is left open; we do not know. How will we react? Will we change our ways that block God’s forgiveness? That story is also left open.

St. Paul’s News and Notes: St. Paul’s quilters continue to meet every Monday at 9 a.m. All are invited to pick up a copy of Introducing the Missional Church, and read it along with people throughout the Synod. Discussion questions are available. Have you discovered Faith Five? Give it a try today.
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