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Incidentally, What Is Happiness?

Yes, blessed is she who believed the promise made to her by the Lord would be fulfilled
Luke 1:39-56

Sermon Topic Happiness

Sermon Week The Assumption of the Virgin Mary Cycle A

Scripture Summary Luke 1:45


Once, when our good friend Charlie Brown was going away for a couple of days, Linus says to him, "I guess I won't be seeing you until Monday, Charlie Brown, so have a happy weekend." To which Charlie Brown replies, "Thank you." Then, after he ponders for a moment, Charlie asks, "Incidentally, what is happiness?"

We're in our "going away" time of year. Some of you already have had your annual vacation, and I hope you had a happy one! If your vacation still lies ahead, I hope you will have a happy one! Incidentally, what is happiness?

A very learned philosophy professor had earned not one, not two, but three post-graduate degrees. His head was crammed full of just about everything philosophers of every Age had to say about happiness. Still, he pondered the subject incessantly. He was so obsessed that he decided to set out in search of the wisest and happiest person in the world, wherever it took him and at whatever cost. After years of travel to distant places, and at great expense, he finally was told of a woman who fit the description of the person he was looking for. And so he set out on a rugged journey to the top of a high mountain where this wisest and happiest of all persons lived. The woman greeted him with a warm smile and a sympathetic ear. She listened patiently for hours as he described his pursuit of happiness through years and years of study and research. At the conclusion of his long discourse, he begs the wise woman to let him in on the secret of happiness -- the secret that has eluded him all his life. "Tell me now," he demands, but the wise woman will not be hurried. "I suggest we have some tea," she says. Unhurriedly, she begins the tea ceremony and slowly pours tea into the professor's cup. She pours until the cup is overflowing. And she continues to pour until, finally, the professor tells her to stop. "Just tell me the secret," he shouts. "This I cannot do," says [...]

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