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So the last will be first, and the first last
Matthew 20:1-16

Sermon Topic Humility

Sermon Week Twenty-Fifth Sunday in Ordinary Time Cycle A

Scripture Summary Matthew 20:16


It is the great Lord God, who gives us life and sustains us in life, who ultimately will win the victory over evil. It is the great Lord God who is the Source of our hope. In his letter to the Christian communities of Asia Minor, the Apostle Peter wrote, "You were straying like sheep" (1 Pt. 2:25). This is one of the great Biblical images used to describe the problems we create when we cut ourselves off from the Source of hope. When we refuse to let God be God, and try to take things into our own hands, our lives have no direction. We drift aimlessly, like straying sheep. In the Easter portion of Handel's "Messiah," there is a great chorus:

All we like sheep have gone astray. We have turned, everyone, to his own way.

This desire to take the controls out of God's hands and put them into ours, the Bible calls sin. And it is the source of so much of our heartache and pain and fear and anxiety and hostility.

We live in a society that has achieved a standard of living and affluence beyond that of the great majority of the world's people. And yet we are a society plagued with a great emptiness of spirit. We never seem satisfied with what we have accomplished or what we possess. "Success and progress" is the name of the game. Don't be content with your present lot! Get with the right organization! Know the right people! Live in the right neighborhood! Make more money! Provide yourself with more security! Never be satisfied! And then start the game all over again with your children! As a result, we are living in a society plagued with unhappiness and discontent. Everywhere there are people who have a lot going for them, but at the center there is a great emptiness.

One of those "light bulb" riddles making the rounds asks the question: "How many psychiatrists are needed to change a light bulb?" The answer is, "Only one. But it is a long and tedious process, and the light [...]

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