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Ambassadors In Chains

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Matthew 11:25-30

Sermon Topic Church: purpose of

Sermon Week Fourteenth Sunday in Ordinary Time Cycle A

Scripture Summary Matthew 11:29


There is a World War II story about a small group of men, on special assignment, who were being flown to Europe on a troop carrier. In addition to the pilot and co-pilot, there was a renowned diplomat carrying a bulging briefcase; a general officer whose chest was covered with medals; and an army private first class carrying his back-pack. The plane developed engine trouble and the pilot announced that they wouldn't make it. The plane was going to crash. "We'll have to bail out," he said. When he began to pass out the parachutes, it was discovered that there were only four: one short. Immediately, a discussion ensued as to who should be left behind. Said the pilot: "There is a shortage of pilots and I am badly needed. One of the parachutes should go to me." Whereupon he adjusted the straps and jumped. Said the co-pilot: "I too am badly needed for the same reason." Whereupon, he adjusted the straps and jumped. Said the General: "because of my training and experience, I can direct a whole Army in a way that will save lives." Whereupon, he adjusted the straps and jumped. Said the renowned diplomat: "I am generally regarded as the smartest man in the world. My life must be preserved for the good of all." Whereupon, he adjusted the straps and jumped. And as he did, the private first class said to himself, "There goes the smartest man in the world -- wearing my back-pack."

As we look out over our disordered world these days, we might well have reason to wonder if the power to govern has been vested in the smartest men in the world. That is one reason why it is good to hear Jesus' reassuring Word in today's Gospel Lesson: "Take My yoke upon you, and learn from Me" (Mt. 11:29). Clearly, we have much to learn. But praise God for leading us today to the unimpeachable Source of all true wisdom.

The Epistle of James counsels us to "be quick to hear, slow to speak, and slow to anger; for a man's [...]

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