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Your Three-Legged Chicken

By this love you have for one another, everyone will know that you are my disciples
Acts 14:21-27; Psalm 145:8-13; Revelation 21:1-5; John 13:31-35

Sermon Week Fifth Sunday of Easter Cycle C

Scripture Summary John 13:35

One day a man was driving down a country road when he noticed a chicken running ahead of him. He glanced at his speedometer and couldn’t believe his eyes: he was topping 50 miles-per-hour, and the chicken was outrunning the car! The man increased his speed to 60, then 7O miles-per-hour and still the chicken was increasing its lead. Suddenly, the bird made a right turn onto a small farm and disappeared behind a small chicken coop. Amazed by the chicken's performance, the driver pulled over and walked to the farmhouse door. When the owner appeared, the man asked excitedly, "Sir, do you know that chicken of yours can run over seventy miles an hour?" The farmer chuckled, "Oh you must mean our three-legged chicken. Yep, he sure is fast. You see, I live here with my wife and son and when it comes to eating chicken we all love drumsticks. So, we decided to breed three-legged chickens."

"That's amazing," the visitor said. "How did that turn out? Does a three-legged chicken taste good?" With a sigh of disappointment, the farmer replied, "I don't know. We haven’t caught one yet."

That three-legged chicken is wonderfully symbolic of the pursuit of happiness in today's world. If, in your quest for happiness, you are pursuing anything other than a richer, deeper, fuller union with God, then whatever it is you are after is your three-legged chicken. And you'll never catch it.

Indeed, our three-legged chickens come in many forms. It may be money. Or it may be something we call "security." Or it may be work. We all have our list. Most often, the problem with our three-legged chickens is not that they are evil in themselves or that they were not meant to be enjoyed. The question arises when we take them out of their proper context; when we devote our life to them; when we assign to them the number one priority in our life. For example, there is no escaping the reality that a parent whose priority is the pursuit of money, is hurting his or her family, no [...]


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