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Put On Your Roller Skates

**There are those now last who will be first, and those now first who will be last** (Luke 13:30).
Isaiah 66:18-21; Psalms 117:1-2; Hebrews 12:5-7,11-13; Luke 13:22-30

Sermon Topic Humility

Sermon Week Twenty-First Sunday in Ordinary Time Cycle C

Scripture Summary Luke 13:30


A wealthy woman died and went to Heaven, where St. Peter gave her a bicycle to ride over the golden streets. Pedaling along, she saw her maid go by in a Cadillac and her gardener in a Rolls Royce. Extremely upset, she went to St. Peter and demanded to know why her maid and gardener had more luxurious transportation than she did. St. Peter explained, "the kind of transportation you are assigned in Heaven depends on the kind of life you lived on earth."

"You surely must realize," she replied, that I was a very important person on earth. Why I served on the Boards of five blue chip corporations." St. Peter replied, "I'll gladly reconsider your case, come back in two weeks." Two weeks later she returned, saying, "Remember me, St. Peter, you gave me a bicycle while my maid and gardener are riding around in luxury." To which Peter replied, "Indeed I do remember you." And he handed her an old pair of roller skates.

"There are those now last who will be first, and those now first who will be last," says the Lord in today's Gospel Lesson" (Lk. 13:30.)

Todd Dallas, a wealthy business man, well known for his over-inflated ego, was constantly reminding his employees, family and friends of his many accomplishments in life. As President of a successful business, Todd was quick to seize any opportunity to tell his workers how he single-handedly took over a company on the brink of bankruptcy and turned it almost overnight into a profit-making machine. To his friends, Todd constantly boasted about having the most talented and attractive children in the neighborhood. At home, Todd always had the last word. In fact, Todd was so full of himself that he had a wall plaque custom-made, to hang over his fireplace which read:

TODD Dallas is God.

After returning from the office one evening, Todd discovered a small note his wife had placed below the plaque. It read:

One small step for TODD Dallas,
One giant step for atheism.

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