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Our Declaration Of Dependence

And behold, some are last who will be first
Luke 13:22-30

Sermon Topic Meekness

Sermon Week Twenty-First Sunday in Ordinary Time Cycle C

Scripture Summary Luke 13:30


During a press interview, the conductor of a great symphony orchestra was asked to name the instrument he thought was the most difficult to play. After thinking the question over, he replied, "Second fiddle. I can get plenty of first violinists. But to find one who can play second fiddle with enthusiasm is often a problem. And if we have no second fiddles, there is no harmony."

In today's Gospel Lesson, Jesus speaks well of second fiddles. "Behold," he says, "some who are last will be first" (Lk.13:30).

We think of Jesus Christ as a strong person. We think of His mother Mary as a strong person. We think of Peter and Andrew and James and John as strong persons. And the Apostle Paul! Who has the strength to endure what Paul endured for the Cause of Christ? Nevertheless, we hear Jesus saying such things as "The last will be first and first will be last," and "Blessed are the meek, for they shall inherit the earth" (Mt. 5:5). And in his Letter to the Ephesians, we hear Paul saying, "I, therefore, a prisoner of the Lord, beg you to lead a life worthy of the calling to which you have been called, with all lowliness and meekness ..."(Eph.4:1-2).

The "meek," in this Biblical sense, are those who have cast off the self-centeredness and pride that claim independence from God. The meek are those who have made the conscious choice to accept life on God's terms. From beginning to end, Scripture teaches us that every declaration of independence from God has disastrous consequences. Adam and Eve make their decision not to play second fiddle to God, and the consequences are disastrous. The heavenly harmony of their intimate union with God turns to discord. Paradise is lost! And so it goes whenever we attempt to have life on our terms: to do it our way. The Adam and Eve syndrome! But oh how blessed we are, oh how fulfilled we are, oh how happy we are when we give up trying to be the master of our own fate, trying to [...]

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