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Where Are You Going?

And in the morning, a great while before day, He arose and went out to a lonely place, and there He prayed
Job 7:1-4,6-7; Psalm 147:1-6; I Corinthians 9:16-19,22-23; Mark 1:29-39

Sermon Week Fifth Sunday in Ordinary Time Cycle B

Scripture Summary Mark 1:35

There is a story about a couple who had been married for more than thirty years. One evening, when the wife returned home from work, she found her husband packing. "What in the world are you doing?" she asked. "I can't handle it anymore," he replied. "I'm tired of all the bickering and arguing and complaining that's been going on between us all these years, I'm leaving." Whereupon, the startled wife rushed to the bedroom, pulled a suitcase out of the closet, filled it with her belongings, and ran after her husband, saying, "I can't handle it anymore either. I'm going with you."

If you want to take up your cross and follow Me, Jesus is telling us in the Gospels -- if you want to know all you need to know about who you really are and where you’re going with your life, then take Me seriously! Trust Me! Not just when it's convenient, not only when it's easy, not just when it doesn't hurt, but trust Me, especially when you feel like you can't handle life's burdens anymore.

The Old Testament Book of Job tells the story of a man named Job who is at a point in his life where he can't handle it anymore. He expresses himself as a man without hope. In Chapter Seven, he complains that life is a "drudgery"... that his eyes "will never see joy again"... that he can but "lament the bitterness of his soul" (Jb. 7:1,7,11).

As we discover later, Job's problem was that he had not turned himself over to God. He kept on complaining and challenging God instead of listening to God. But his problem is resolved thirty-seven chapters later when he confesses to the Lord,

I know You are all-powerful...

I am the man who obscured your designs.

With my empty-headed words.

I have been holding forth on matters I

cannot understand, on marvels beyond

Me and my knowledge (Job 42:2-3).

Whether or not our own lives are at the stage of Chapter Seven or Chapter Forty-Two of Job depends on whether we have [...]


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