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The Push Of A Button

Jesus took with Him Peter and James and John and led them up a high mountain where they could be alone by themselves. There, in their presence, He was transfigured...
Genesis 22:1-2,9,10-13,15-18; Psalms 116:10,15-19; Romans 8:31-34; Mark 9:2-10

Sermon Week Second Sunday of Lent Cycle B

Scripture Summary Mark 9:2

Our English word, "miracle," comes from the Latin word "miani," meaning "to wonder," and the word "minus," meaning "wonderful." Other words in common use come from the same roots, including the word "mirror." A mirror causes people to wonder or admire. The word "admire" itself is from the same source.

A kind of miracle in itself is the fact that, as the word for miracle evolved through various languages, it got itself tied up with the word "smile." In Old English, Middle English and Scandinavian languages, "miracle" and "smile" go together. In some other languages, the word "miracle" and the word "laughter" are related. A miracle pleases. A miracle delights. It makes us smile or laugh for sheer joy that it came to pass. A Senior Editor of "Readers' Digest" once wrote:

"Miracles show what is possible, not what is so. They beckon the imagination, and who is bright enough to know that they do not at times foreshadow what is to come? For example, you may say you don't believe in angels, but at the push of a button, you draw music out of the air." -1. To which we could add today, at the push of a button, we can access the sum of all human knowledge -- a fact that most take for granted.

That which we cannot explain should be more important to us than that which we can explain. That which we do not know should impress us more than that which we do know. Our spiritual and emotional well-being depends, in large part, on our willingness to bow down before the "Mysterious, Inexplicable Being" who has the power to cause thousands upon thousands of resurrections from a single grain of wheat, a fact that most of us I fear, take for granted.

It was a day when the threat of rain hung in the air. A young woman drove up to a drive-through fast-food window. She was waited on by a man wearing a turban. As he handed the woman her order through the car window, he said, with a trace of an Indian accent, "Ah, [...]


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