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To Be A Saint

**Be off, Satan** (Matthew 4:10).
Genesis 2:7-9,3:1-7; Psalms 51:3-6,12-14,17; Romans 5:12-19; Matthew 4:1-11

Sermon Topic Freedom

Sermon Week First Sunday of Lent Cycle A

Scripture Summary Matthew 4:10


To celebrate their newly acquired freedom almost ten years ago, thousands of Czech citizens gathered in Wenceslaus Square in the City of Prague. They sang a song made popular in more trying times:

May peace be with this land!
Let hate, envy, fear and conflict pass!
May they pass!
May they pass!

In the midst of the celebration, a Czech citizen said to a New York Times reporter, "You Americans have known freedom for many years. We have known it for only a month." But, whether we're American or Czechoslovakian, whether we've had freedom for a month, a year, or always, we need to ask ourselves the question, "Freedom for what?"

Freedom is what a society makes of it. Freedom is what each member of a society makes of it.

Freedom is not some final condition that guarantees the well-being of those who enjoy it. Freedom is not a panacea. What counts, ultimately, is how we exercise our freedom -- the kind of choices we freely make.

In times past, the second half of the Season of Lent was a time for the intensive preparation of those getting ready for baptism. The first part, however, was for those who needed to be reconciled to the Christian Community by means of public penance: the hard-core sinners.

To the extent that we are not freely choosing to serve God and Him alone, to the extent that we are not freely choosing to position our lives under the Rule of God, to the extent that we are not freely choosing to do God's Will, to the extent that we are not freely choosing to become fully human (for that is God's Will for our lives), we are hard-core sinners in need of reconciliation to the Christian Community.

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Skin absorbs incredible abuse in order to maintain the balance of vital organs inside which cannot tolerate a changing environment. A temperature increase of just seven or eight degrees would kill the whole body! Thus, the [...]

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