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The Road To Fredonia

What you hear in whispers, proclaim from the housetop
Jeremiah 20:10-13; Psalms 69:8-10,14,17,33-35; Romans 5:12-15; Matthew 10:24-39

Sermon Week Twelfth Sunday in Ordinary Time Cycle A

Scripture Summary Matthew 10:27

In a "Peanuts" comic strip, Linus is listening to Sally as she boasts about her religious zeal, and her potential as an effective evangelist. She says to Linus,

"I could be a terrific evangelist. Do you know that kid who sits behind me in school? I convinced him that my religion is better than his religion."

Linus asks, "How did you do that?"

To which fearless little Sally says,

"I hit him with my lunch box!"

In today's Gospel Lesson, Jesus is instructing the disciples on their need to be open and fearless in what they say. Earlier, Jesus had warned them saying, "Beware of men. . . You will be dragged before governors and kings for my sake to bear witness. . . But do not worry about how to speak or what to say. . . because it is not you who will be speaking; the Spirit of your father will be speaking in you" (Mt. 10:17,18,20). And then He says to the disciples, "Do not be afraid of them therefore. For everything that is now covered will be uncovered, and everything now hidden will be made clear. What I say to you in the dark, tell in the daylight; what you hear in whispers, proclaim from the housetops" (Mt. 10:26-27).

In this, our act of Community Worship, God has gathered us together to experience the immediacy of His Presence. As a church -- as loyal followers of the Lord Jesus Christ -- this means growing closer to God. And this act of Community Worship is a great gift from the Lord. We can enter into deep communion with God in this unique, life-enriching way. But this gathering together is not the total experience. There is a second part to it, without which the first part loses its meaning.

The same God who gathers us together to experience His awesome Presence, scatters us out into the world to witness to His Love for mankind -- and to openly and fearlessly proclaim His message of love from the housetops!

The same God who reveals Himself to us here, [...]


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