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His Way

If they did not hear Moses and the Prophets, neither will they be convinced if someone should rise from the dead
Luke 16:19-31

Sermon Topic Repentance

Sermon Week Twenty-Sixth Sunday in Ordinary Time Cycle C

Scripture Summary Luke 16:31

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There once was a career bureaucrat named George who, on retirement, thought that he would enjoy doing farm work. He found a job as a farmhand and his first assignment was to clear out the bull's pen. He performed this task quickly and efficiently, and the farmer was greatly pleased. His second assignment was to whitewash the main barn. Again, he did good work and the farmer was greatly pleased. The next day, the farmer was to be away all day and, before leaving, assigned the new farmhand a chore that would keep him busy until dark. He took George to the barn where the potatoes were stored. He told him to divide the potatoes into large, medium and small, and a fourth size to be used as seed potatoes. When the farmer returned that evening, he went to the barn and found George pacing nervously, wringing his hands and almost in tears. "What's wrong?" asked the farmer. To which the ex-bureaucrat replied, "I am happy to do work such as clearing out the bull's pen and whitewashing the barns, but please sir, don't ask me to make decisions!"

The story may be a slander on all good bureaucrats, but it is true of a great many of us who claim membership in the Church of Jesus Christ and yet seem powerless to make a decision to live a purposeful life: to move our life in a certain, well-defined direction. Or, to put it another way, a great many of us seem powerless to make a decision to narrow the gap between our way of living and the way of life God has revealed to us in and through our Lord Jesus Christ.

In today's Gospel Lesson, Jesus tells a parable about the gap that separated a very wealthy man and a poor beggar named Lazarus. Jesus told this story largely for the benefit of the Pharisees -- members of the Religious Establishment whom he often criticized for their unwillingness to make a conscious decision to change their way of living. Jesus was warning the Pharisees that their attitude made [...]

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