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The Most Interesting Person

Martha, Martha, you are anxious and troubled about many things; one thing is needful
Luke 10:38-42

Sermon Topic Worry

Sermon Week Sixteenth Sunday in Ordinary Time Cycle C

Scripture Summary Luke 10:41-42


Science tells us that a dense fog, one hundred feet deep and covering seven city blocks, is composed of less than one eight-ounce glass of water. Unbelievable though it seems, a single glass of water can shut down a large, international airport. A single glass of water can completely obstruct our vision.

Worry has the same power over us. Even one tiny trouble, if allowed to multiply, can put a cloud on our entire life. Worry can be like any type of addiction. It may start out as a small concern, but then it becomes a giant habit that hooks us. It becomes bigger than life. It surrounds us and swallows us. Said one worrybird: "I have so many troubles that if anything bad happens today I won't be able to worry about it for two weeks."

In a "Peanuts" comic strip, Linus says to Charlie Brown, "I guess it's wrong always to be worrying about tomorrow. Maybe we should think only about today." Charlie Brown (true to his reputation as a certified Worrybird) replies, "No! That's giving up! I'm still hoping that yesterday will get better."

Worry can be addictive. And if we're still fretting about yesterday, or if we've got a backlog of worries big enough to last for the next two weeks, we're hooked. Our vision of today is obscured. We're closed down to life's present moment. We're groping in the dark and we need guidance. We need direction. We need a whole new vision of where we're going with our life.

In today's Gospel Lesson, Jesus comes into a village and is received into the home of two friends: a woman named Mary and her sister, Martha. Although Luke condenses the episode into just a few short verses, nevertheless the scenario is one with which most of us can readily identify. Mary focuses her attention on the guest. She sits "at the Lord's feet" and she listens "to His teaching." She opens up her heart and mind to what Jesus is saying to her. She opens up her heart and mind to the possibility of Jesus [...]

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