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All We Need To Know

**... there are those now last who will be first, and those now first who will be last** (Luke 13:30).
Isaiah 66:18-21; Psalms 117:1-2; Hebrews 12:5-7,11-13; Luke 13:22-30

Sermon Topic Humility

Sermon Week Twenty-First Sunday in Ordinary Time Cycle C

Scripture Summary Luke 13:30

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This is a time of week and a time of day in which we come together and give special attention to life's one big question: The "Why?" of life itself.

A college newspaper once offered a prize to the person who submitted the best answer to life's big question: "Why? ... What's it all about, anyway?" The entries came pouring in -- hundreds more than anticipated. And, in general, the answers were laced with cynicism. Among them:

Life is a joke that isn't funny.

Life is the jail sentence we get for the crime of being born.

Life is a disease for which there is only one cure: death.

Life is a "B-grade" movie. You don't want to leave in the middle, but you don't want to see it again.

There is a "Peanuts" comic strip in which two of Charlie Brown's little friends engage in a serious discussion about life. One says to the other, "Life is peculiar. Wouldn't you like to have your life to live over if you knew then what you know now?" To which the other replies, "What do I know now?"

In his Letter to the Ephesians, the Apostle Paul has written ...

Blessed be God the Father of our Lord Jesus Christ ... He has let us know the mystery of His purpose, the hidden plan He so kindly made in Christ from the beginning (Eph. 1:1,9).

And, in his "Letter to the Galatians," Paul is deeply concerned that the members of the Galatian Church seem to be rejecting the "hidden plan" God "so kindly made in Christ." The "mystery of His purpose" had been revealed to them in Christ, they had heard the Gospel preached, they had received the Good News, but it was apparent that it was not making a real difference in their lives. They were "keeping the Faith" on a very superficial level -- in their Church-going and in their show of allegiance to the law. But they had not grasped the Grace of God's Love at a level deep enough to effect real change in their lives -- more specifically, in their relationships with one another. Consequently, [...]

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