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Run For Your Life

He dispatched his servants to summon the invited guests to the wedding, but they refused to come
Matthew 22:1-14 or 22:1-10

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Sermon Week Twenty-Eighth Sunday in Ordinary Time Cycle A

Scripture Summary Matthew 22:3


A funny thing happened to author-educator Fredrick Buechner on his way to school one day. In his own words ...

Late one winter afternoon as I was walking to a class that I had to teach, I noticed the beginnings of what promised to be one of the great local sunsets. There were just the right kind of clouds and the sky was starting to burn and the bare trees were black as soot against it. When I got to the classroom, the lights were all on, of course, and the students were chattering, and I was just about to start things off when I thought of the sunset going on out there in the winter dusk and, on impulse, without warning, I snapped off the classroom lights. lam not sure that I ever had a happier impulse. The room faced west, so as soon as it went dark, everything disappeared except what we could see through the windows, and there it was--the entire sky on fire by then, like the end of the world or the beginning of the world. You might think that somebody would have said something. Teachers do not usually plunge their students into that kind of darkness, and you might have expected a wisecrack or two or at least the creaking of chairs as people turned around to see if the old bird had finally lost his mind. But the astonishing thing was that the silence was as complete as you can get in a room full of people, and we all sat there unmoving for as long as it took the extraordinary spectacle to fade away.

For over twenty minutes nobody spoke a word. Nobody did anything. We just sat there in the near-dark and watched one day of our lives come to an end, and it is no immodesty to say that it was a great class because my only contribution was to snap off the lights and then hold my tongue. And I am not being sentimental about sunsets when I say that it was a great class because, in a way, [...]

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