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Something Important. Something Great.

Lord, who shall we go to? You have the message of eternal life
Joshua 24:1-2,15-17,18; Psalm 34:2-3,16-23; Ephesians 5:21-32; John 6:60-69

Sermon Week Twenty-First Sunday in Ordinary Time

Scripture Summary John 6:68

Thornton Wilder’s play, “Our Town,” was quite popular when first presented years ago and is often performed to this day in regional theaters, colleges, and high schools. As the third act begins, there is a moving sequence in which the dead — some young, some middle-aged, some old — are seated in chairs in the town cemetery. A narrator tells stories about the dead people sitting in the chairs: when they died; how they died; who they left behind. Then the narrator walks to center stage and says to the audience:

“Now there are some things we all know. We all know that something is eternal. And it ain’t earth, and it ain’t even the stars. Everybody knows in their bones that something is eternal...there’s something way down deep that’s eternal about every human being...They’re waiting.’ They’re waiting for something they feel is coming. Something important. Something great.”

In today's Lesson, John tells us that after Jesus had preached to a multitude in Capernaum, "Many of the disciples drew back and no longer went about with Him. Jesus said to the twelve, 'Do you also wish to go away?' Simon Peter knew that Jesus was teaching them something important. Something great. And so he answered Him, 'Lord, who shall we go to? You have the words of eternal life'" (Jn. 6:66-68).

Jesus speaks to us now with the words of eternal life: that God is what life is all about; that accepting God's love and entering into a lifelong love affair with God is what life is all about. By receiving God's love in this way we become whole, we become the uniquely beautiful human persons God created us to be. And, out of this wholeness comes the strength to love other people in a life-enhancing way. We can do this with our lives, but only if they are founded on the solid rock of a loving relationship with God.

God has taken the initiative. God has given Himself to us. And God wants us to center our lives in Him.

Jesus speaks to us now with the words of eternal life: "You [...]

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