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Better Believe It!

And who is my neighbor?
Luke 10:25-37

Sermon Topic Neighbor

Sermon Week Fifteenth Sunday in Ordinary Time Cycle C

Scripture Summary Luke 10:29


Two men were jogging one morning on the beach. They stopped abruptly when they spotted an exotic, ancient lamp half-buried in the sand. One of the men picked up the object and began rubbing off the sand. Whereupon, a Genie suddenly appeared before him. "Sir, because you rubbed this mystical lamp, I can grant you and your companion one wish each," said the Genie. To which the first man replied, "I wish to be the smartest man in the world." "Your wish is hereby granted," said the Genie. Then, to the second man, he said, "Now you may make a wish. What is your wish?" "I wish to be smarter than the smartest man in the world," he replied. Whereupon, to his surprise, the Genie made him into a woman.

"Life is full of surprises," so goes the old clichE. Moreover, the Gospels say it over-and-over again: Jesus' life and teachings are full of surprises. He came to a generation of people who were anticipating a powerful "Military-Hero" Messiah. But soon He told them that the Messiah would be branded a common criminal and suffer torture and execution. What a surprise!

He came to a generation of people steeped in a philosophy of vengeance: an eye-for-an-eye, a tooth-for-a-tooth, a life-for-a-life. And He told them to "turn the other cheek; to go the second mile; to love their enemies -- pray for them, forgive them. What a surprise!

He told them that those people who loved money would have about as much chance of experiencing God's Presence in their lives as a camel has of getting through the eye of a needle. What a surprise!

He told them that those people whose top priority was trying to be Number One would come in last. What a surprise!

Jesus' life and teachings are full of surprises like these, and probably none greater than the one He springs on us in today's Gospel Lesson.

An expert in the Religious Law approaches Jesus and asks, "Teacher, what shall I do to inherit eternal life?" Jesus replies with a question of His own. "What is [...]

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