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Tick Tock Tick

What can we say the Kingdom of God is like?
Ezekiel 17:22-24; Psalms 92:2-3,13-16; 2 Corinthians 5:6-10; Mark 4:26-34

Sermon Week Eleventh Sunday in Ordinary Time Cycle B

Scripture Summary Mark 4:30

There's a new wristwatch designed to help you estimate your life expectancy. Maybe you've heard of it. It's called the "Tikker." According to the brochure, through a simple calculation, you can estimate when your death may occur. Once this number is entered into the Tikker Watch, a countdown of your estimated life expectancy begins. Hmmmm. Sounds a bit morbid. But maybe there's a method to this crass marketing madness. The manufacturer claims that the true purpose of the watch is to remind you that time is your most valuable asset and to waste it is a waste of your life. The brochure closes with this timely call to action: "Get The Tikker Death Watch today and start LIVING your life."
We are citizens of two worlds: the world of time and the world of eternity. It is not a matter of conflicting or divided loyalties. It is, rather, a question of the highest loyalty. We owe our allegiance to both worlds, but we are born to "Seek first the Kingdom of God." That is our true and everlasting goal. The world of time is means, not end. The money and things and pleasures of this world are gifts from God to be used, but not abused. If we use them to enrich our understanding of our true worth and our true goal, they will serve us as God has intended them to serve us, and we will recognize our earthly rewards as but tiny glimpses of supreme happiness in the Coming Kingdom. In the truest sense, that is what it means to start living our lives. And if the latest gadget you can wear on your wrist is a reminder, then I say, "why not?"

As Paul expresses it, "Now we are seeing a dim reflection in a mirror; but then we shall be seeing face to face" (1 Cor. 13:12). Properly regarded, as means, the things in our world of time are at our service. Wrongly regarded, as ends-in-themselves, the things in our world of time become our masters. One who confuses means with ends in this manner is reminded that, in Jesus' [...]

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