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It Makes Complete Sense!

**Master, let me see again** (Mark 10:51).
Jeremiah 31:7-9; Psalms 126:1-6; Hebrews 5:1-6; Mark 10:46-52

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Sermon Week Thirtieth Sunday in Ordinary Time Cycle B

Scripture Summary Matthew 23:3


In the first panel of a particularly insightful "Peanuts" cartoon, Little Lucy, her fist clenched, is running after Charlie Brown. "I'll get you Charlie Brown! I'll get you!" she says. In the second panel, she cries out, "I'll knock your block off!" In the third, fourth, fifth and sixth panels, Charlie Brown takes over. He stops running, wheels around, and says to Lucy, "Wait a minute! Hold everything! We can't carry on like this. We have no right to act this way. The world is filled with problems -- people hurting other people, people not understanding other people. Now, if we as children can't solve what are relatively minor problems, how can we ever expect to ..." Whereupon -- "Pow!" -- Lucy interrupts Charlie with a stiff punch that knocks him to the ground. In the last panel, Lucy says, "I had to hit him quick. He was beginning to make sense."

The great Christian writer, C.S. Lewis, reminds us of certain things in life that make absolute sense:

Hunger would be absurd if there were no such thing as food.

Thirst would be absurd if there were no such thing as water.

Loneliness would be absurd if there were no possibility of satisfying that yearning in relationship with another human being.

The desire to find God would be absurd if God did not exist.

To which we might add ...

Our never-ending search for the clearest possible vision of life's true meaning and purpose would make no sense if God, our Creator, had made Himself -- His Word -- unavailable to us.

In the Old Testament Book of Proverbs it is said that "Where there is no vision, the people perish." And in John's Gospel, Jesus says,

I am the Light of the World;
anyone who follows Me will not be
walking in the dark;
he will have the light of life (Jn. 8:12).

That is to say, "Anyone who follows Jesus will receive the clearest possible vision of life's true meaning and purpose -- a vision that inspires faith, and makes sense, both."

There is within each of us a deep, almost primitive fear of the darkness. You remember [...]

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