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Something Is Coming

Master, what must I do to inherit eternal life?
Deuteronomy 30:10-14; Psalm 69:14,17,30-31,33-34,36,37; Colossians 1:15-20; Luke 10:25-37

Sermon Week Fifteenth Sunday in Ordinary Time Cycle C

Scripture Summary Luke 10:25

Thornton Wilder’s play, “Our Town,” was extremely popular when first presented years ago and is often performed to this day in regional theatres, 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 waitin.’ They’re waitin’ for something they feel is comin’. Something important, and great.”

An elderly pastor stepped off the curb to begin crossing the street. A motorist honked at him and the old man leaped in alarm. The pastor's companion tried to ease the tension with a friendly taunt. "Why did you jump like that at a car’s horn? You’re always talking about faith, and the mercy of God, and heaven as your true home." To which the pastor replied, "Yes, that's true. Heaven is my true home. But right now, I'm not the least bit homesick."

Homesickness is something most of us can identify with. Most of us have experienced the deep longing -- the physical ache -- that comes with homesickness. In the blockbuster Broadway musical, "Les Misérables," the most poignant solo -- the song which moves audiences to tears -- is called "Bring Him Home!" It touches something in all of us.

God's greatest gift to us is the Living Christ. At the heart of our faith is the welcoming of this Living Presence into our very being. Having reminded you of that awesome reality, I ask you to consider what it would be like to invite the Living Christ into your experiences of homesickness. What would it be like to invite [...]

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