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Do not let your hearts be troubled! Trust in God still, and trust in Me
Acts 6:1-7; Psalms 33:1-2,4-5,18-19; 1Peter 2:4-9; John 14:1-12

Sermon Week Fifth Sunday of Easter Cycle A

Scripture Summary John 14:1

As the story goes, the Devil himself was having a garage sale. There, displayed on a table were all of his bright, shiny trinkets. There were tools that made it easy to tear others down and use as them as stepping stones. There were lenses for magnifying one's own importance, and, if you looked through the other end, for belittling others.

Hanging in back was the usual assortment of gardening implements designed to help one's pride grow by leaps and bounds: the rake of scorn, the shovel of jealousy for digging a pit for your neighbor, the tools of gossip and backbiting, of selfishness and apathy. All of these were pleasing to the eye and came complete with fabulous promises and guarantees of prosperity. Prices, of course, were steep; but not to worry! Free credit was extended to one and all.

"Take it home, use it, and you won't have to pay until later!" Satan cried out as he sold his wares. Browsing the display, a visitor noticed two well worn, nondescript tools standing in one corner. Not as tempting as the others, he found it curious that these two items had price tags higher than any other. When he asked why, Satan just laughed and said, "Well, that's because I use them so much. If they weren't so plain looking, people might see them for what they are. You see, that one's Doubt and the other Worry -- and when all others fail those work every time."

In today's Gospel Lesson, we listen in on a conversation between Jesus and His Apostles that is filled with doubt and worry. It is the evening of Holy Thursday, and Jesus tells the apostles that He is about to leave them. He knows that His hour of crucifixion is drawing near, and the Apostles are filled with anxiety. In the verses immediately preceding today's Lesson, the Apostle Peter tells Jesus that he will follow Him wherever He goes. Jesus answers, "Where I am going you cannot follow Me now ..." Peter replies, "Why can't I follow You now? I will lay down my [...]

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