And this is not something we want to hear. It means that we, too, are responsible for our communal sins, even if we as individuals haven’t committed them.
“Is my way unfair?” asks God? Yes! Yes, God, your way is unfair!
We begin worship with forgiveness because we need to know—I need to know, you need to know—that we are not only in need of forgiveness, but that we are worth forgiveness, that we are not beyond hope.
It's almost like Jesus is giving Peter reconciliation; no, actually, that's exactly what it is. Jesus is bringing Peter back home.
Last Sunday, the first Sunday in Lent (Year A in the Revised Common Lectionary), I heard the reading out of Genesis 9. Have you read it? Many people are familiar with the Noah story. God gets so angry with what humankind has become, how evil it has become, that God decides to destroy the entire … Continue reading The Regretful God