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The More He Gave ...

**You received without charge, give without charge** (Matthew 10:8).
Exodus 19:2-6; Psalms 100:2-3,5; Romans 5:6-11; Matthew 9:36-10:8

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Sermon Week Eleventh Sunday in Ordinary Time Cycle A

Scripture Summary Matthew 10:8


We are living in a time of ...

Taller buildings, but shorter tempers;
wider freeways, but narrower viewpoints;
higher incomes, but lower morals;
more knowledge, but less wisdom;
fancier houses, but broken homes;

We have ...

conquered outer-space, but not inner-space;
learned to make a living, but not a life;
add years to our life, but not life to our years.

We ...

pend too recklessly;
drive too fast;
laugh too little;
anger too quickly;
tay up too late;
get up too tired;
read too little;
watch TV too much;
pray too seldom.

While all of the above might not be true of some of us, some of the above might well be true of all of us. There are many areas in our lives where some of us have taken a wrong turn. In shaping our attitude and approach to life, some of us need a new set of directions. In our pursuit of personal gain, some of us are unmindful of the needs of the less fortunate. And, as the saying goes, "If the shoe fits, wear it!"

In today's Gospel Lesson, however, Jesus lays down a "one-size-fits-all" principal. Summoning His twelve Apostles, He instructs them on their mission in life as His followers, saying, "You received without charge, give without charge!" (Mt. 10:8).

Our world, the only world we've got, is a gift from God, without charge. Listen to it! Learn from it! Live in it! Love it, and you will discover, moment-by-moment, that the Spirit of God is in it; that in and through Jesus Christ, the very life of God has been freely given to us.

"To do good," wrote the Apostle Paul "to be rich in good works, to be generous and willing to share -- this is the way to make sure of the only life that is real" (I Tim. 6:18,19).

There was a book published several years ago called, "Looking Out For Number One." In it, the author argued strongly against generosity. For example, he said that if you "make the other person's happiness your first responsibility, you pervert the laws of nature" ... and, "unless someone is poor because you robbed him, no downtrodden individual is your responsibility." The New Testament authors are telling [...]

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