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The Biggest Fool

Jesus, who could see they were about to come and take Him by force and make Him king, escaped back to the hills by himself
II Kings 4:42-44; Psalm 145:10-11, 15-18; Ephesians 4:1-6; John 6:1-15

Sermon Week Seventeenth Sunday in Ordinary Time Cycle B

Scripture Summary John 6:15

An ancient king presented his court jester with a beautiful wand. "I give you this trophy," said the king, "to symbolize your status as the greatest fool in my kingdom. You are to keep it until you can give it to a greater fool than yourself."

The court jester good-naturedly accepted the award. Years later, the king was dying and asked to see the jester. "I want to say goodbye," he said. "I am going on a long journey that will last forever." The jester then asked, "What have you done to prepare for this great trip?" "Nothing whatever," the king replied. "Since I don't know exactly what to expect from this long journey, there is nothing to be done." To which the jester replied, "Then take this wand. You are the biggest fool of all!"

The late actor Sean Connery starred in an adventure film with Michael Caine entitled "The Man Who Would Be King." Each plays the part of an ex-sergeant -- Danny Dravot and Peachey Camehan -- from the British Royal Army in India. Their love of adventure takes them on an arduous journey to the faraway mountain Kingdom of Kafiristan. There, Danny Dravot fulfills his lifelong ambition. He has always wanted to be a king. All his life, he longed for the power and prestige, and pleasures that come with kingship.
Consequently, through a combination of trickery and superior know-how, Danny Dravot becomes king and thoroughly enjoys it for a short time. But the same drive that led him to want to be king soon proves his undoing, and Danny loses his Kingdom and his life. The film's title comes back to haunt us today, as we read in our Gospel Lesson about the Man who would not be king.

From the beginning of His public ministry, "the man who would not be king" becomes a dominant theme in the life of Jesus. Remember the temptation story? Before He began to preach and teach, Jesus went into the desert to reflect on the mission He was about to undertake. He was living in a time of [...]


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