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I Remember Martha

He ran to the boy, clasped him in his arms and kissed him tenderly
Joshua 5:9,10-12; Psalm 34:2-7; II Corinthians 5:17-21; Luke 15:1-3,11-32

Sermon Week Fourth Sunday of Lent Cycle C

Scripture Summary Luke 15:20

Recalling the loneliness and despair of his past life, a man from a big city said, "I somehow managed to become homeless for the first time in my life—and I was scared. For the first few days, I was utterly lost and slept in a doorway downtown. The guys in the park shared their food with me and took me to a soup kitchen. Knowing how confused I was, they took charge and brought me with them to a shelter. There were a lot of rough-looking men in line when we got there, and I was shaking in my boots. Finally, they opened the door and let us in, and we all got beds. Then they turned out the lights, and I was terrified.

“I was in this room with about a hundred guys. You could hear them coughing and turning as they tried to get comfortable for the night. It got a little quieter, and then, somewhere from out of the darkness, a voice said, ‘Our Father who art in Heaven...’ and the entire dormitory joined in. At the end of the prayer, another voice began, ‘Now I lay me down to sleep...’ Even now, years later, I get goosebumps thinking of it. That minute, I realized that whoever we are, the Lord is wherever we are. I could feel him in the shelter, like never before. And he replaced my fears with peace. Now I see Him every day in my brothers and sisters, wherever I go.” -1

Jesus was a lonely figure during His forty-day retreat into the desert, before He began His public ministry. Jesus was a lonely figure when He prayed in a place called Gethsemane on the eve of His crucifixion. He kept saying, "Father, everything is possible for You. Take this cup away from Me. But let it be as You, not I, would have it" (Mk. 14:36). Jesus was a lonely figure when He cried out on the Cross, "My God, My God, why have You deserted Me?" (Mk. 15:34). Even into the utter loneliness of His death, Jesus continued to seek [...]

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