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Our True Nobility

All these I will give You if You will fall down and worship me
Matthew 4:1-11

Sermon Topic Nobility

Sermon Week First Sunday of Lent Cycle A

Scripture Summary Matthew 4:9

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In a book called "One Hundred Years of Solitude," the author gives a fictional account of what happened when a strange disease invaded the Village of Macondo, Columbia. So powerful was the sickness -- a form of insomnia -- that every person in the village became infected. No one could sleep because the disease made it impossible for the body to feel fatigue. At first, villagers seemed to enjoy their situation. There was always plenty to do, so they did not mind working instead of sleeping. But they began to experience another symptom that presented a real problem: increasing loss of memory. As the disease progressed, they were unable to remember the names of simple, ordinary things around them. Then they forgot childhood memories and, eventually, they could not remember the names of even the persons closest to them. Finally, they lost all self-awareness and sank into a state of idiocy. During the course of these events, one of the townsmen thought of a way to counteract the loss of memory. He began to mark everything in his home with its name: table, chair, spoon, door, floor, clock, etc. He marked the plants and the animals too. Then he realized that the disease might make it impossible to remember what the signs meant. So he also labeled things with a description of their use and their needs. For instance: "This is a cow. She needs to be milked every morning so that she will produce milk ..." Before long, the other villagers began following his example. One of the most touching signs the people made was "Macondo," the name of their town. The most touching of all was the sign placed at the center of town which read: "God Exists."

In today's Gospel Lesson, Jesus withdraws to the desert wilderness for a long prayer retreat. There He encounters Satan who offers Him the ultimate in power, money and creature comforts. The offer is conditional, of course: Jesus is to acknowledge Satan as supreme being. "All these I will give You if You will fall down and worship me," the devil [...]

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