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Do It Again!

**You must love the Lord your God ... you must love your neighbor** (Matthew 22:37,39).
Exodus 22:20-26; Psalms 18:2-4,47,51; I Thessalonians 1:5-10; Matthew 22:34-40

Sermon Topic Love

Sermon Week Thirtieth Sunday in Ordinary Time Cycle A

Scripture Summary Matthew 22:37,39


After having been found guilty of certain criminal offenses, the defendant stood before the sentencing judge ...

"Prisoner at the bar," said the judge, "you have been found guilty on nineteen counts. Therefore, I hereby sentence you to five years on each count for a total of ninety-five years." "Your honor, I'll never be able to serve that much time. I'm already seventy-five-years-old," said the tearful defendant. The judge's facial expression softened. "I know the sentence is severe," he said, "but you don't really have to serve the whole of it." The prisoner's eyes lit up with hope. "That's right," said the judge, "just do as much as you can."

The story is told of a man who asked the question, "What is the devil?" Before anyone could reply, the man supplied his own answer. "The devil," he said, "is not a huge monster with horns and a harpoon tail and a wicked glitter in his eye. No, the devil is inertia, doing nothing, following the lines of least resistance."

The definition might not satisfy many theologians, but it makes the point: When Jesus asks us to turn our lives upside-down by following His example of radical love, and we respond by following the lines of least resistance, we're in the devil's corner.

"You must love the Lord your God with all your heart, with all your soul, and with all your mind," Jesus says in today's Gospel Lesson. Then He adds, "You must love your neighbor as yourself" (Mt. 22:37,39).

Throughout the Gospels, Jesus calls us out of our inertia, out of our do-nothingness, out of the devil's corner and into His Kingdom of Radical Love in which we serve not for a day, not for a year, not for five years or even for ninety-five years, but for life.

Toward the middle of his Letter to the Ephesians, a supremely confident St. Paul says, "When you read what I have said, you will realize that I know what I am talking about" (Eph. 3:4). What Paul has been talking about is, in his words, "God's Secret Plan" which is revealed to the world in [...]

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