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Business As Usual

For many are called, but few are chosen
Matthew 22:1-14 or 22:1-10

Sermon Topic Kingdom of God

Sermon Week Twenty-Eighth Sunday in Ordinary Time Cycle A

Scripture Summary Matthew 22:14


There is an ancient tale in which a king's four sons are asked what careers they intend to follow. They said to one another: "Let us go out into the world and search for a special science." They agreed on a place where they would meet again, and the four brothers started off, each in a different direction. Time went by and the brothers met again at the appointed meeting place, and they asked one another what they had learned. "I have mastered a science," said the first, "which makes it possible for me, if I have nothing but a piece of bone of some creature, to create the flesh that goes with it." "I," said the second, "know how to grow that creature's skin and hair if there is flesh on its bones." The third said, "I am able to create its limbs if I have the flesh, the skin, and the hair." "And I," concluded the fourth, "know how to give life to that creature if its form is complete with limbs."

Thereupon, the four brothers went into the jungle to find a piece of bone so that they could demonstrate their specialties. As fate would have it, the bone they found was a lion's. But they did not know that and picked up the bone. One added flesh to the bone, the second grew hide and hair, the third completed it with matching limbs, and the fourth gave the lion life. Shaking its heavy mane, the ferocious beast arose with its menacing mouth, sharp teeth, and merciless claws and jumped on his creators. He killed them all and vanished contentedly into the jungle.

Whenever we attempt to live our lives apart from God, we too can fall victim to our own creativity. Apart from God, the same powers that enable man to harness nuclear energy carry the potential for self-destruction. Apart from God, the same powers that enable man to acquire valuable possessions carry the potential for self-destruction. Apart from God, the same powers that enable persons to exercise authority and control over one another carry the [...]

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