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How To Feel Really Good

The Kingdom of God may be compared to a king who gave a wedding banquet for his son
Matthew 22:1-14 or 22:1-10

Sermon Topic Happiness

Sermon Week Twenty-Eighth Sunday in Ordinary Time Cycle A

Scripture Summary Matthew 22:2


A Theology professor in a midwestern seminary tells of a casual conversation he once had with an old friend:

A good friend of mine sat in my office, thinking out loud about whatever came to mind. The topics ranged from his marriage, to his career, to the quality of his walk with the Lord. As the conversation continued, his mood became increasingly thoughtful, not gloomy but quietly and deeply reflective...His life has known a few trials, but nothing remarkably different from what most middle-aged men have experienced. His friends describe him as friendly, hard-working, loyal and sincere. Everyone agrees he's a solid, well-adjusted person.

After nearly an hour of reflective rambling, his thoughtful mood shifted into a profoundly sad, almost desperate loneliness. As though talking to no one in particular, he quietly asked this astonishing question: "I wonder what it would be like to feel really good for just ten minutes?"1

An astonishing question, and yet, has any one of us not experienced that deep longing for fulfillment, for an honest-to-goodness feeling of well-being, for genuine peace of mind and soul, for the kind of happiness that always seems to be out of reach?

God made us to be happy. God wants us to be happy. And, in and through the Lord Jesus, He provides us with a formula for life that casts aside the mistaken notion that we can be happy "on our own." It is the mistaken notion that we can substitute our own formula for God's; the mistaken notion that we are the sole authorities on the subject of life-enrichment; the mistaken notion that our happiness is unrelated to the happiness of others.

There is a familiar Gospel episode in which a rich young man has the mistaken notion that not being a murderer or an adulterer or a thief, or a liar, or a cheat, was the complete fulfillment of his God-given duties. That was his formula for life, not God's. Even though he was very rich, he was very unhappy. As Jesus explained, along with the duty not to do violence to one's neighbor, God [...]

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