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Listen To Him!

The harvest is plentiful, but the laborers are few
Luke 10:1-12, 17-20 or 10:1-9

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Sermon Week Fourteenth Sunday in Ordinary Time Cycle C

Scripture Summary Luke 10:2


The wife of a corporate executive often was called upon to attend cocktail parties with her husband. This was a problem for her because she hated cocktail parties. In her own words, "I abhor cocktail parties. When I go to one, not only am I nervous about people drinking and then going out to drive their cars, but also I am turned off by the level of the conversation: people chattering away at each other but nobody really listening to what the other is saying." She went on to describe a little game she played at one such party:

I found myself talking to a corporate vice-president whom I had not previously met. He began speaking to me above the noisy chatter all around us, talking by the numbers, so to speak. He asked me questions about where I lived and how did I like it there, although he obviously wasn't the least bit interested. As he was going through the motions in this way, I casually mentioned to him that we had a dog named "Robert." He picked up on this remark enough to reply, "Oh, you have a dog named Robert?" Actually, we have seven dogs," I said. "There's Robert, and George, Louis, Edward, John, Eugene and Samuel. And, of course, there are the two cats, Shirley and Marguerite." The man's eyes were kind of glazed over by now and it was obvious that he was gone again as far as our conversation was concerned. But still going through the motions, he asked, "Do you have any children?" "Yes," I replied, "Puff and Spot."

The woman went on to say that the most interesting result of her little experiment was that during the entire conversation the man's facial expression never changed. No matter what she said, however weird, the conversation (or non-conversation) went right on without causing as much as a raised eyebrow.

When we gather together in Jesus' Name, we are given the opportunity to get beneath all the superficial chit-chat and down to the deep level of our being where the Word of God is meant [...]

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