for 4th Sunday after Pentecost, Year C in the Revised Common Lectionary
Tune: Hyfrydol 8787 D
Jesus, when he went to dinner, he used every time and place
To proclaim God’s love and mercy, and display forgiving grace;
Jesus, when he went to dinner, used the time to voice his claim
That his message was inclusive, even for those caught in shame.
At this meal he was dishonoured by the Pharisee’s neglect;
Jesus suffered many insults, insults of such disrespect;
At this meal he was dishonoured but a woman changed the scene;
Those who saw her love outpouring, whispered, “Stop! She is unclean.”
Jesus knew that love flows strongly when forgiveness is received;
And this woman had a history but her guilt had been relieved;
Jesus knew that love flows strongly, not to earn a pardon sweet,
But as proof of sins forgiven; new life can replace defeat.
When we know we are forgiven we can feel release inside;
We can seek a new beginning; we no longer need to hide;
When we know we are forgiven then our love can gently flow;
With forgiveness for past failures we are free again to grow.
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