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You've Won the Forgiveness Lottery. Now What?

Based on the g ospel passages that have been assigned the past couple weeks, I've been saying that "when it comes to forgiveness, we have hit the lottery." Last week's gospel in particular reinforced this point: Jesus giving us a parable about what the Kingdom of Heaven is like, and saying it's like someone (and that someone is you) who owes 6 billion dollars begs for mercy and not only gets mercy, but has it all forgiven.  So why would that someone (you), when running into someone else who owes a 6 thousand dollar "debt" (offense, sin) refuse to forgive that relatively smaller amount? You're a freakin' billionaire, many times over, when it comes to your own being forgiven, but you're keeping tabs, refusing to forgive a relatively small amount owed you?!? You've won the forgiveness lottery.  Be abundantly generous with forgiveness, just as God is and has been abundantly generous with it toward you.

Intimacy and Transcendence. And Ministry Fairs.

Every once in a while, the cosmic roulette wheel of “what I happen to be reading” lines up with the ball drop of “what I happen to be wrestling with.”   Like this past week: What I happened to be reading was a selection of readings taken from Eugene Peterson’s Subversive Spirituality , and it lined up with what I happened to be wrestling with, which was this Sunday’s annual Ministry Fair.   Peterson writes that unfortunately, American culture has all but been reduced to thing and function . “Typically,” he writes, “at the outset, people are delighted to find themselves living in such a culture.  It is wonderful to have all these things coming our way, without having to worry about their nature or purpose.  And it is wonderful to have this incredible freedom to do so much, without bothering about relationships or meaning.  But after a few years of this, our delight diminishes as we find ourselves lonely among the things and bored with our freedom. Our first response is