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Making Some Progress

Anyone who loses his life for My sake will find it
Matthew 16:21-27

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Sermon Week Twenty-Second Sunday in Ordinary Time Cycle A

Scripture Summary Matthew 16:25


Several years ago, a funny thing happened in New York City: five new pizza parlors with five different owners opened up in the same block. It soon became clear that there wasn't nearly enough business in the neighborhood to support all five, so the competition to survive became fierce. As part of his campaign to attract customers, one of the pizza parlor owners put up a sign which read: "Ours is the best pizza in the city." The others quickly followed suit. "Ours is the best pizza in the state," said the second owner's sign. The third owner's read: "Ours is the best pizza in the country." Not to be outdone, the fourth owner erected a sign boasting, "Ours is the best pizza in the world." Finally, the fifth owner's sign went up. It read ...

"Ours is the pizza best on the block."

No doubt about it, the competitive spirit is alive and well these days. We love a winner. And, more and more, it seems that the really big winners are those who make the most money.

We're all familiar with the expression, "Money talks." But, according to one astute observer of the social scene, "Money used to talk. Now it shrieks!"1

Yet, a bunch of new movies are released and, within days, the TV newscasters already are reporting on winners and losers in terms of how much money they grossed over the weekend.

You turn to the sports page of your newspaper and there you will find lists of tennis and golf professionals which grade them on the basis of how much money they've made this year.

Yet, even thoroughbred horses are graded by the amount of money they've earned on the race track.

Yes indeed, everybody loves the big money-winners. But are they real winners, necessarily?

Who is a winner, and why? In today's Gospel Lesson Jesus gives us His answer. Hear the Word of the Lord! ...

What, then, will a man gain if he wins the whole world and ruins his life? (Mt. 16:26).

Being a winner has nothing to do with the size [...]

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