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We Will Go On!

No one can come to me unless he is drawn by the Father who sent me, and I will raise him up at the last day

I Kings 19:4-8; Psalm 34:2-9; Ephesians 4:30-5:2; John 6:41-51

Sermon Week Nineteenth Sunday in Ordinary Time Cycle B

Scripture Summary John 6:44

As the story goes, there once lived a woman whose happiness was shattered by the loss of her brother, a good man she dearly loved. Torn by anguish and asking God “Why?” but hearing only silence, she set out in search of an answer. She had not gone far when she came upon an old man sitting on a bench, weeping. He said, “I have suffered a great loss. I am a painter, and I have lost my eyesight.” He too was asking “Why?” So the woman invited him to join her and, taking him by the arm, they trudged down the road together. Soon they encountered a young man wandering. He had lost his wife, the source of his joy, to another man. He joined them in their search for an answer to the question “Why?” Soon they met a young woman weeping on her front doorstep. She had lost her child. She too joined them.

Nowhere could they find the answer. Suddenly, the four came upon Christ. He appeared to them in the twilight of the evening. Each confronted Him with the question yet He did not answer. Instead, Christ began to cry, as He said, “I feel the burden of a woman who has lost her brother, another whose baby has died, a painter who has lost his eyesight, and I weep for the love match which is now torn apart.” As He spoke, the four moved closer, and they embraced each other. And they grasped Christ’s hands. Then He said, “My dominion is the dominion of the heart. I cannot prevent pain; I can only heal it.” “How?” they asked. “By sharing it,” He said. And then He was gone. And the four were left standing, holding each other.

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