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What's In It For Me?

**The Son of Man Himself did not come to be served but to serve** (Mark 10:45).
Isaiah 53:10-11; Psalms 33:4-5,18-20,22; Hebrews 4:14-16; Mark 10:35-45

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Sermon Week Twenty-Ninth Sunday in Ordinary Time Cycle B

Scripture Summary Matthew 22:37,39


It has been said that "millions of Christians live in a sentimental haze of vague piety, demanding little except lip service to a few harmless platitudes. It is much safer, from Satan's point of view, to vaccinate a person with a mild case of Christianity so as to protect that person from the real disease."1

When the Apostle Paul wrote his "Letter to the Galatians," he was concerned that they had contracted only a mild case of Christianity. Even though the people of that Church had heard the Gospel preached, it was apparent that it was not making a real difference in their lives. They were "keeping the faith" on a very superficial level, in their Church-going and in their show of allegiance to the Law. But they had not been grasped by the Grace of God's love at a level deep enough to make a real difference in their lives and in their relationships. Paul, therefore, says to them:

"My brothers, you were called, as you know, to liberty, but be careful, or this liberty will provide an opening for self-indulgence. Serve one another, rather, in works of love, since the whole of the Law is summarized in a single command: Love your neighbor as yourself. If you go snapping at each other and tearing each other to pieces, you had better watch or you will destroy the whole community" (Gal. 5:13-15).

To those pious, Church-going people, Paul was saying in effect, "Just stop your hooting and hollering and singing about God's Grace long enough to start living it. Immerse yourself in this Love of God. Know that it is in your being and, at this very moment a miracle can take place: a miraculous, Grace-filled change in your whole way of living and relating to one another can occur."

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