While the lectionary* only had Luke 19:1-10 as the gospel reading for this week, I felt that it was important to also read the other passage, Luke 18:18-30, about the rich ruler. Looking at these two passages together gives us meaningful insight into how God’s grace works in our lives. We have these two people, opposite in every way, especially in their response to grace. As I thought about these passages, I realized that an important message for this morning is that of grace, and how we respond. We do not have a say in who receives God’s grace: God offers grace to each and every one of us. Our only role is to determine how we respond.
*A lectionary is a systematic list of scripture readings for use in daily prayer, Lord's Day worship, and other occasions. Image by Cerezo Barredo: http://servicioskoinonia.org/cerezo/
Rev. CHRIS HOUTZ
Welcome to the pastor’s blog! This page will have sermons uploaded so you can listen to them whenever you want, and I will add a brief reflection on the text, the sermon, or a little bit of both. My hope is that you will be able to see that the Bible can still speak to our world today, and that we can always find a note of God’s grace in any passage, whether it is one of the most well-known and beloved passages, or one of the most difficult readings to grasp.