1 Timothy 1:12-17
12I thank Christ Jesus our Lord, who has given me strength, that he considered me faithful, appointing me to his service. 13Even though I was once a blasphemer and a persecutor and a violent man, I was shown mercy because I acted in ignorance and unbelief. 14The grace of our Lord was poured out on me abundantly, along with the faith and love that are in Christ Jesus.
15Here is a trustworthy saying that deserves full acceptance: Christ Jesus came into the world to save sinners—of whom I am the worst. 16But for that very reason I was shown mercy so that in me, the worst of sinners, Christ Jesus might display his unlimited patience as an example for those who would believe on him and receive eternal life. 17Now to the King eternal, immortal, invisible, the only God, be honor and glory for ever and ever. Amen.
35As Jesus approached Jericho, a blind man was sitting by the roadside begging. 36When he heard the crowd going by, he asked what was happening. 37They told him, "Jesus of Nazareth is passing by."
38He called out, "Jesus, Son of David, have mercy on me!"
39Those who led the way rebuked him and told him to be quiet, but he shouted all the more, "Son of David, have mercy on me!"
40Jesus stopped and ordered the man to be brought to him. When he came near, Jesus asked him, 41"What do you want me to do for you?"
"Lord, I want to see," he replied.
42Jesus said to him, "Receive your sight; your faith has healed you." 43Immediately he received his sight and followed Jesus, praising God. When all the people saw it, they also praised God.
The dialogue was decent. The lay person is griping about his neighbor's garbage just piles up in front of his house and makes the neighborhood look bad and so on, and the pastor suggests that perhaps there are other factors at play that he doesn't know about (health problems etc.) and mentions the 5th macarism -- "Blessed are the merciful, for they will be shown mercy."
Explaining why she said "macarism" instead of "Beatitude" if they meant the same thing, she answered, "because I paid good money to go to seminary" and learn these fancy terms. Heart.
She talked about how because God showed us mercy, we are inclined to be merciful to others, though I was sad that there was no mention of the Prayer of St. Francis.
I enjoyed the evening more than I have some of the recent ones. I didn't get a hug, though, which made me sad.