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Can We Count You In?

If any one gives so much as a cup of cold water...then I tell you solemnly, he will most certainly not lose his reward
2 Kings 4:8-11, 14-16; Psalm 89:2-3, 16-19; Romans 6:3-4, 8-11; Matthew 10:37-42

Sermon Week Thirteenth Sunday in Ordinary Time Cycle A

Scripture Summary Matthew 10:42

At one of the "Special Olympics" events held in Seattle, nine contestants, all disabled in some way, lined up for the start of the one hundred-yard-dash. At the sound of the starter's gun, all got off well, except one boy who tripped over his own feet, tumbled to the ground, scraped his arm, and began to cry. Hearing this, the other eight all stopped, turned around and went back to where the fallen boy lay. One girl, with "Down Syndrome," bent down and kissed his injured arm. "This will make it better," she said. Then all nine held hands and walked together to the finish line. And it should go without saying that anyone privileged enough to be there that day stood witness to the Miracle of Love.

In today's Gospel Lesson, Jesus speaks to the miracle of Love, saying,

"If anyone gives so much as a cup of cold water...then I tell you solemnly, he will most certainly not lose his reward" (Mt. 10:42).

To be honest with God and with each other in this worship experience, we must be willing to preach, in season and out, against those who reject this teaching of Jesus. But first we must examine ourselves, for signs of our rejection of this teaching. Jesus' words in today's Lesson are meant for us, regular worshippers. God wants no part of anything we do in Church today that does not reflect His Love and justice outside this Church. The prayers, the sermon, the songs are worse than nothing in God's eyes, unless they are sung, and spoken, and listened to by a community of persons who believe that, in Jesus' words, "The greatest among them is the one who serves the rest."

This is what Paul was so concerned about when he wrote his letter to the Galatian Church. The congregation had heard the Gospel preached, but it was apparent that it was not making a real difference in their lives. They were "keeping the faith" on a very superficial level -- in their Church-going and their show of allegiance to the [...]

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