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Accentuate The Positive

You shall love the Lord your God ... You shall love your neighbor as yourself
Matthew 22:34-40

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Sermon Week Thirtieth Sunday in Ordinary Time Cycle A

Scripture Summary Matthew 22:37,39


Jesus called the Grace of a God who loves us infinitely, "The Pearl of Great Price." In our own time, it has been said that "the consolations of religion" are being sought at "cut-rate" prices; that too many Christians are looking for "cheap grace." Cheap grace means that the love of God is accepted as an idea rather than an experience. Cheap grace means that the forgiveness of God is accepted without repentance. Cheap grace is grace without obedience. "Cheap grace is grace without discipleship, grace without the Cross, grace without the Living Christ. Cheap grace is the deadly enemy of the Church.1

You may know that God loves you. You may know that God loves you infinitely. You may know that God wants you to have life, and have it abundantly. But the mere idea of a Gracious God who continuously offers you life is not enough if you are to become the person you were created to be. God's Grace must be accepted through obedience and through discipleship.

A scoutmaster on a camping trip became sick and tired of answering questions put to him by members of his troop. Finally, he made a rule which said that anyone who asked a question that he himself could not answer would have to wash all the mess kits after supper. This didn't stop a boy named Tommy who asked more questions than anyone else. Immediately after supper, Tommy asked, "When a chipmunk digs a hole, why doesn't it leave a pile of dirt around the entrance?" "Answer it yourself," the other scouts shouted glee-fully. Tommy then explained: "When a chipmunk digs a hole, it doesn't leave a pile of dirt around the entrance because it starts digging at the other end." The scoutmaster gave Tommy a scornful look, then said triumphantly, "That makes no sense at all. How could the chipmunk get to the other end to start digging?" To which Tommy replied, "You know the rule. Start washing!"

"How can I make some sense out of my life?" "Where do I find peace of soul?" "Is there a way [...]

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