June 13, 2010

The Pharisee and That Woman

Even those who have been forgiven the debt of sin still owe the debt of gratitude.

A sermon on the Pharisee and the Woman of the City.

Tobias Stanislas Haller BSG

3 comments:

Michel S. said...

Wonderful -- been looking for Episcopal sermon podcasts; not many church has standard-compliant feeds like this.

Erika Baker said...

This is a beautiful sermon!
But I struggle with the concept of "owing" a "debt" of gratitude.
When you have received forgiveness and are truly aware of it, gratitude is a natural overflowing expression. It has nothing to do with the more deliberate repayment of an outstanding debt.

Tobias Stanislas Haller said...

Thanks, Michael. I'm just using the feed the system provides, so I'm pleased it works.

Erika, I take your point. IN part I'm trying to use the analogy Jesus makes concerning the debt of sin; and it ics certainly true that the upwelling of gratitude is often natural. The problem arises for the narrow of heart, such as the Pharisee in this account, who needs a reminder -- he's like someone who was never taught that one should say "thank you."