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Just Do It!

Whoever remains in Me, with me in Him, bears fruit, in plenty
Acts 9:26-31; Psalm 22:26-27,28,30,31-32; I John 3:18-24; John 15:1-8

Sermon Week Fifth Sunday of Easter Cycle B

Scripture Summary John 15:5

Theologian Bernard Haring tells the moving story of his visit to a little Church in Bavaria where he had been invited to preach. He says that as he went into the Church for the first time, he felt something. This happens in some Churches; you can feel the Presence, the Grace. And, as the people were worshipping, this feeling came over him again. Once more, it happened when the people began talking with one another as they left the Church building. Mr. Haring started to look for the secret of this wonderful atmosphere. Perhaps, he thought, it was the pastor or his assistants? But the pastor said, "No. It isn't us. Come, I'll show you." So, he took Mr. Haring to the home of an older woman who had been crippled by arthritis for twenty-five years. She had become so disabled that she was unable even to feed herself. But, as they walked into her room, Bernard Haring said he again felt this deep sense of Divine Presence. During their conversation, the woman said to him, "Praise God, that I can offer up this small suffering toward the Redemption of the world." As they were leaving the little house, the pastor turned to Bernard Haring and said, "That is the secret of the vital life of our parish. That is the secret."

What a beautiful thing it is! It is a practical, down-to-earth secret for a successful life! It opens so many beautiful vistas. It means that today, right now, you can begin a whole new attitude toward God, toward what is happening in your life, toward those around you. To praise God because He is a gracious God. To glorify God because He comes to us as He does. To praise God because He wants us to have wholeness of life. To praise God because He uses every situation in our lives toward fulfillment of His purpose for us.

"What is success?" asked Ralph Waldo Emerson. "Success," he said, "was to know even one life has breathed easier because you lived. This is to have succeeded."

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