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Wouldn't It Be Wonderful?

No prophet is ever accepted in his own country
Jeremiah 1:4-5,17-19; Psalm 71:1-6,15-17; I Corinthians 12:31-13:13; Luke 4:21-30

Sermon Week Fourth Sunday in Ordinary Time Cycle C

Scripture Summary Luke 4:24

A man went to church one Sunday morning expecting nothing unusual to happen. There were the same words to be spoken, the same announcements to be listened to, and the same hymns to be sung with the same old congregation. Over the years he'd done this so he often that he was almost unaware -- turning his mind to automatic pilot and letting his thoughts drift off in other directions. And this Sunday morning was no different. He sat down in a pew, turned off his mind, and let the words and music wash around him like waves swirling around a log cast up on the beach.

As usual, the man stood up and sat down at the proper times. He folded his hands and bowed his head at the proper times. He turned the pages to the proper hymns at the proper times. And just as he was beginning to say the Lord's Prayer, a thought suddenly struck him: "I have come here to worship God!" The idea was such a startling one that it jolted his mind to attention as his thoughts began to rush in.

"I'm praying the Lord's Prayer," he said to himself, "which means I'm talking to God! I'm talking to the Lord of the whole universe! And now I'm singing a hymn asking God to send His Holy Spirit to live with me." He could barely contain himself as he marveled, "I'm inviting the Holy Spirit to live with me!"

Later, when the congregation had filed out, the man remained in his pew, saying to himself over and over again, "Isn't it Wonderful? I've been talking to God! I’ve been talking to God!" -1

In a cartoon depicting a Sunday morning congregation filing out of church, one of the worshipers says to the pastor, "I agreed with every word in your sermon! Wouldn't it be wonderful if everyone thought like us?"

Luke tells us in today's Gospel Lesson that when Jesus began preaching, the congregation responded to His words with high praise. "He won the approval of all," Luke says, "and they were astonished [...]


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