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Chirp Away!

**The seventy-two came back rejoicing** (Luke 10:17).
Isaiah 66:10-14; Psalms 66:1-7,16,20; Galatians 6:14-18; Luke 10:1-12,17-20

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Sermon Week Fourteenth Sunday in Ordinary Time Cycle C

Scripture Summary Luke 10:17


A story has come down through the years about a king who visited the monasteries of a great Zen leader named Lin Chi. (Zen is a Japanese Buddhist sect that seeks enlightenment through the practice of meditation.) The visiting king was astonished to learn from Lin Chi that there were more than ten thousand monks living there with him. Wanting to know the exact number of monks, the king asked Lin Chi, "How many disciples do you have?" To which Lin Chi replied, "Four or five, perhaps."

The number of Christians living worldwide today is almost two billion. And most, if not all of us here today, are pleased to be included in that number. But how many of those two billion Christians can be counted as true disciples?

Understood in a general sense, the question is unanswerable, of course. We cannot answer for the members of the Christian Community worldwide. Moreover, to bring the question close to home, we cannot answer for each other. We can answer only for our individual selves. And so we ask ourselves: "Does Jesus have me for a disciple? Am I a disciple of Christ?" Concretely, "Do I merely read about Him, study about Him, think about Him, come to Church and listen to His Word, and sing about Him and pray to Him?


The CEO of a "Fortune 500" company one day realized that despite his great success in the business world, he had achieved little in the art of successful living. So he went on a weekend retreat where he presented his problem to the wise old retreat-master. "What is the secret of successful living?" he asked. "Make one person happy," the retreat-master replied, "even if that one person is yourself." Then, after a brief pause, the old man added, "Especially if that person is yourself."

In today's Gospel Lesson, Jesus challenges seventy-two of His followers to put the secret of successful living into practice. "The harvest is rich, but the laborers are so few," He tells them, "so ask the Lord to send laborers to His [...]

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