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A Thousand Times Better!

Go, therefore, make disciples of all the nations
Deuteronomy 4:32-34,39-40; Psalm 33:4-6,9,18-20,22; Romans 8:14-17; Matthew 28:16-20

Sermon Week The Holy Trinity Cycle B

Scripture Summary Matthew 28:19

Thanks to medical science, technology, and other factors, people are living longer and longer. Regrettably, it is not always the case that extending the number of years results in enhancing the quality of life. The famous author, "Anonymous," has been quoted as saying, "The problem with what we call "life" is that it is daily." And I am here to say that the responsibility we call "life" beckons us to rise above the level of mere daily existence -- at any age.

A high school senior and his buddy sat down at their usual seats and opened their lunch boxes. "I can't believe it," the boy complained, "peanut butter and jelly sandwiches again." On the second day, he complained, "I hate these peanut butter and jelly sandwiches."

On the third day, he did it again! "I'm so sick of peanut butter and jelly sandwiches," he whined. His buddy had a suggestion. "Look, if you hate peanut butter and jelly sandwiches that much, why don't you tell your mother?" To which he replied, "Don't bring my mother into this. I make my own lunch."

Absurd as this may sound, it has a definite relevance to our lives. Metaphorically speaking, we all make our own sandwiches. And the ingredients we choose to put between the two slices of bread can make all the difference. No matter how you slice it, our obedience to God's Will is what determines not the number, but the quality of our years on God's good earth.

In all His preaching, in all His teachings, in all His parables, in all His prayers to the Father, Jesus tells us what to put between two slices of bread. And today's Gospel Lesson is no exception:

"... the eleven disciples set out for Galilee to the mountain where Jesus had arranged to meet them" after His Resurrection. When they saw Him, they fell before Him ... Jesus came up to them and spoke to them. He said, '... go make disciples of all nations ... and teach them to observe all the commandments I gave you" (Mt. 28:16,17,19,20).

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