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A Glorious Ending!

You shall worship the Lord your God, and Him alone shall you serve
Genesis 2:7-9;3:1-7; Psalm 51:3-6,12-13,17; Romans 5:12-19; Matthew 4:1-11

Sermon Week First Sunday of Lent Cycle A

Scripture Summary Matthew 4:10

There was once a wise old music teacher who taught scores of students over the years. Invariably, when she prepared her pupils for recitals, she would encourage them to practice the endings over-and-over again. And, always, the students would grumble because of the constant repetition of the last few measures of the music. When the complaints came, the teacher would answer, "You can make a mistake in the beginning or the middle or some other place along the way. But all will be forgotten when you manage to make the ending glorious."

Professor Abraham Maslow, one of the most widely-read social scientists of all time, often challenged his students with questions like this: "Which of you is going to be a great writer? Which of you is going to be a great saint like Francis of Assisi? Which of you is going to be a great humanitarian like Albert Schweitzer?"

Presented with such big ideas, the students would laugh sheepishly. But the famous psychologist would tell them that these were not idle questions; that he meant what he said. "If not you," he asked, "Then who?"

When we come together to hear the Word of God proclaimed, in one way or another, we are confronted by the same kinds of questions as we hear the New Testament writers telling us, over-and-over again:

... that blind chance did not put us here;

... that a loving God put us here as part of His plan for the fulfillment of all creation;

... that each of us is unique and, therefore, each of us is entrusted with a life to live and a job to do that has been given to no one else;

... that whoever we are, each of us has a lifetime opportunity to help shape the world we live in;

... that each of us has a lifetime opportunity to enrich the lives of other persons who, like ourselves, are unique masterpieces of God's creation;

... that, in loving response to the loving God who gives us life, each of [...]

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