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Flutter Your Wings!

Come to Me, all who labor and are heavy laden, and I will give you rest
Matthew 11:25-30

Sermon Topic Freedom

Sermon Week Fourteenth Sunday in Ordinary Time Cycle A

Scripture Summary Matthew 11:28


Land where our fathers died/Land of the pilgrim's pride/ From every mountainside/Let freedom ring! On "Independence Day," the American people celebrate the great gift of freedom they have received as a nation. Even so, in one of the most popular American songs of the Age, the lament "I want to be free!" is repeated over-and-over again. "I want to be free." "If only I were free of the burden of worry and grief ... If only I were free of this or that responsibility ... If only I were free of the drudgery of my work ... If only I were free not to have to answer to anyone ... If only I were free to stay in bed until eleven every morning ... If only ... If only ... If only ..."

A young businessman was killed in an automobile accident. His widow had been left with several small children to raise and her elderly mother to care for. Over the years, she had devoted herself wholeheartedly and lovingly to the task. She had nursed her mother through a long terminal illness. She had supported and guided her children through adolescence and teen-age. When the youngest child graduated from college, the widow said: "For so long I had wanted to be out from under all these responsibilities, and now I am free. But I am worse off than before, because for the life of me, I cannot figure out what I am free for."

For us Christians, that woman's comment should inspire a deep sense of gratitude for the Scriptures. The Scriptures tell us not only how to confront the things that oppress us and how to deal with the heavy responsibilities that enclose us but also they tell us what we are freeing ourselves up for. That is the very theme of the Scriptures: to tell us why we have been created; to tell us what our human life is ultimately for. In the process of telling us what our human life is for, the Biblical writers make it clear that there is one essential ingredient in all [...]

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