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Ready Or Not?

The Kingdom of Heaven may be compared to a king who gave a marriage feast for his son
Matthew 22:1-14 or 22:1-10

Sermon Topic New Life

Sermon Week Twenty-Eighth Sunday in Ordinary Time Cycle A

Scripture Summary Matthew 22:2


A fire and brimstone preacher was delivering his usual doomsday sermon about the end of the world. "Reform!" he boomed. "Reform your lives because sooner or later the signs of the end time will appear in the sun, the moon and the stars. On the earth nations will be in anguish, distraught at the roaring of the sea and waves. Men will die of fright in anticipation of what is coming upon the earth. The powers in the heavens will be shaken" (Lk. 21:25-26). Then, lowering his voice, the preacher said, "God hasn't told us when he would bring the world to an end. That's not for us to know. It could be a billion years from now." Whereupon a worried voice from the back of the Church rang out, "How long did you say?" "It could be a billion years," the preacher repeated. To which the much relieved voice replied, "Thank God! I thought you said a million years."

Whether God has scheduled the end time for tomorrow, a million years from now or even a billion years hence is not our problem. Our Resurrection faith tells us that God's Plan for creation's fulfillment will ultimately prevail. But ours is not to wonder "When?" Our problem is: how do we respond to the Good News from Christ that each of us is an integral part of God's Plan for His coming Kingdom? How do we respond now, to the Good News that, in God's eyes, we count, we matter. How do we respond, now, to the Good News that life is worthwhile, purposeful? How do we respond, now, to the Good News of our immortality? How do we respond, now, to the awesome, wondrous revelation through Jesus Christ, of God's tremendous love for us? In other words, how do we respond now, as Jesus urgently commands us to reform our lives?

If we can believe Jesus, these are questions of the highest priority. If we can believe Jesus, our well-being depends absolutely on how we respond to them. If we can believe Jesus, our lives are headed for disaster, [...]

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