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Experience the "Now-ness" of Life

For where your treasure is, there will your heart be also
Wisdom 18:6-9; Psalm 33:1,12,18-22; Hebrews 11:1-2,8-19; Luke 12:32-48

Sermon Week Nineteenth Sunday in Ordinary Time Cycle C

Scripture Summary Luke 12:34

In an old comedy routine, a famous film actor receives a telephone call from an advertising agency executive who says, “We want you to pose for a Gilby’s Gin billboard.” To which the actor replies, “I’m afraid I can’t do that. You see, I don’t drink, and even if I did it wouldn’t be Gin. It would be dishonest for me to do the ad. I can’t be hypocritical.” The voice on the other end of the line says, “Your fee would be one hundred thousand dollars.” There is a pause, then the actor says, “I’ll think it over.” He then goes to his pastor for counsel. “Can I take the money?” he asks. “It would be morally wrong for you to do the ad,” the pastor advises. So the actor calls the ad man. “Sorry,” he says, “I can’t do the ad.” Several weeks later, the actor rides past a billboard in which his pastor appears, holding up a bottle of Gilby’s Gin.

Joking aside, it’s simply amazing how money or other inducements can cause us to reverse our values suddenly. This is especially true of the constant shifting of values that takes place between the time we spend here in Church and the time we spend “out there,” during the week.

Psychiatrists and psychologists have been telling us for a long time that it is the money aspect of their lives that troubled patients are most reluctant to reveal. They are willing to bare their souls about their work-life, about their home-life, about their leisure-life, but not their economic-life. This, it seems, is the last secret to unfold, the most painful to reveal. Why is that?

Is it because of the popular, but misguided belief that money empowers us to move into a guaranteed future of our own making? Is it because we have been victimized by the terribly mistaken notion that genuine human fulfillment is measured in terms of the amount of money and things we have acquired?

One prominent psychiatrist has described the love of money as the most crippling disease in the Western World. And most of us [...]

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