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The Ethereal Arc

So stay awake, because you do not know either the day or the hour
Wisdom 6:12-16; Psalm 63:2-8; 1 Thessalonians 4:13-18; Matthew 25:1-1

Sermon Week Thirty-Second Sunday in Ordinary Time Cycle A

Scripture Summary Matthew 25:13

If you were to visit your local public library and compare it to the library of say 20 or 30 years ago, you would notice some differences. You would find in today's library shelves spilling over with DVDs, rows of computer stations, and sadly, fewer printed books. For years now, libraries nationwide have been slashing their print collections in favor of e-books. Taking the trend to the extreme, a library in San Antonio Texas has a "bookless" all digital branch called BiblioTech. But lovers of "real" books are not going down without a fight. Outside one New York library, protestors shouted "Save the stacks! Save the stacks!" as they gathered to decry the digital deluge. It seems that for many, there's just no substitute for curling up with a good book -- a real one.

Reflecting on his love of books, the great literary historian Gilbert Higlet once said, "Books are not lumps of lifeless paper but minds alive on the shelves. From each of them goes out its own voice... and just as the touch of a button on your radio will fill the room with music, so by taking down one of these volumes, and opening it, one can call into range the voice of a man far distant in time and space, and hear him speaking to us, mind to mind, heart to heart.

That is a poignant reflection of the power of the printed word. And we can only imagine what Mr. Higlet, who died in the early 70s would think of today's, digital deluge. He would likely better relate to the story of one father, who, before the digital revolution, would help his son every night with his homework assignments. The father wanted to teach his son good study habits that would help him throughout life. So whenever the boy couldn't answer a question correctly, his father would tell him to look the answer up in his textbook. One night, after the usual homework session, the father remarked to his wife: "I wish we still had his kind of problems -- the kind where you can look [...]

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