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Saved By Your Good Looks!

For everyone who exalts himself will be humbled, and he who humbles himself will be exalted
Luke 14:1, 7-14

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Sermon Week Twenty-Second Sunday in Ordinary Time Cycle C

Scripture Summary Luke 14:11


There is an episode in Luke's Gospel in which someone asks Jesus, "Lord, will those who are saved be few?" (Lk. 13:23). Judging by our own experience, we can almost hear what was going on in the questioner's mind. "Saving me won't be any problem for God. It's easy for God to see I'm on the inside track. I'm one of the good guys. But all those others out there. It's easy to see that not many of them are going to make it. I'll ask Him, 'Lord, will those who are saved be few?'" To which God's answer might well be, "Fewer than you think, 'FOR EVERYONE WHO EXALTS HIMSELF WILL BE HUMBLED" (Lk. 14:11).

Scientist Edward Stein has written about his passing through a period of severe doubt into a new understanding of God. He says that when he began to experience a real reverence for what he called the "Ultimate," he would ask, "What is it?" (notice the "it"). Then it became, "Who is He?" Then he began to have difficulty thinking of God as a "He." Finally, his question became, "Who is the Mysterious Spirit that heals us, that binds us together, that rebuilds our broken families?

"Who is the Mysterious Spirit that evokes tenderness and forgiveness and hope in us? Who is the Mysterious Spirit that conceived the delicate wonder of childhood, the sensuous warmth of mature beauty, the gnarled gray wisdom of age, the endless mystery of life-and-death, tears-and-laughter?"

I don't know," he says, "but I trust this love, I sense this Presence, I have felt the power." Here is a modern man who has begun to take that inward journey toward a glimpse into the "Mystery of Life" itself. And it's a good look he's taking because he has undertaken the journey in the spirit of deep humility. Only a deep sense of awe and wonder and reverence for the "Ultimate Mystery" can open up for us the saving glimpse of God's goodness we receive from Jesus -- the Good News of a Gracious God who is for us and who invites us [...]

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