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Where is the Love?

If anyone wants to be first, he must make himself last of all and servant of all
Wisdom 2:12,17-20; Psalm 54:3-4,5,6-8; James 3:16-4:3; Mark 9:30-37

Sermon Week Twenty-Fifth Sunday in Ordinary Time Cycle B

Scripture Summary Mark 9:35

Upon their return to planet earth, the reactions of business magnate Richard Branson and Amazon founder Jeff Bezos were reminiscent of Apollo 9 Astronaut Rusty Schweickart. After his return to earth on March 13, 1969, Schweickart shared his new and enlightened perspective on the world. He had this to say about the experience:

"When you fly in space, and you look in at the earth, it is indeed an incredibly beautiful place. I can't tell you what a difference it makes in the way you feel and in the way you relate to the earth after that experience. When you fly around it, again and again (90 minutes per orbit, traveling at 17,000 miles per hour), the world comes into you in a different way. You see it in a different way. It doesn't come in through the head; it comes in through the heart."

Rusty Schweickart then described his walk in space during an experiment. While taking photographs of the event, the camera broke, and the commander inside the space module told him to "just hold on out there while we try and fix it." Again, in Schweickart's own words ...

“There I was with my left hand on the rail of the lunar module, with nothing to do and a great place to do it in. I just looked in on the world as we were going around it. And I was impressed and caught up in its incredible beauty. And suddenly, questions began to arise out of my being: ‘How did I get here? What am I doing here? Who am I? What does all this mean?’"

This morning, here we are assembled again asking the very same question: “How did we get here?” Our beginnings -- Creation itself -- is revealed to us in the Book of Genesis as an act of Divine Love. Then, in Jesus' coming, the fullness of the Mystery of Love is revealed, namely, that we are God's beloved children -- all of us, everyone in this world, no exceptions -- and that God wants each of us for His own.

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