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The Weight of a Snowflake

Blessed is she who believed that the promise made her by the Lord would be fulfilled
Micah 5:1-14; Psalm 80:2-3,15-16,18-19; Hebrews 10:5-10; Luke 1:39-45

Sermon Week Fourth Sunday of Advent Cycle C

Scripture Summary Luke 1:45

"Tell me the weight of a snowflake," a tiny sparrow asked a wild dove. "Nothing more than nothing," was the answer. "In that case, I must tell you a marvelous story," the sparrow said. "I sat on the branch of a fir, close to its trunk, when it began to snow, not heavily, not in a raging blizzard, no, just like in a dream, without any violence. Since I didn't have anything better to do, I counted the snowflakes settling on the twigs and needles of my branch. Their number was exactly 3,451,852. When the next snowflake dropped onto the branch (nothing more than nothing, as you say), the branch broke off." Having said that, the sparrow flew away.

The dove thought about the story for a while and finally said to herself: "Perhaps only one person's words are lacking for peace and brotherhood to come about in the world."

Author Marcus Bach once interviewed Josef Meier, the actor who for many years played the part of Jesus in a highly successful "Passion Play." Mr. Meier, who had enacted the role more than four thousand times, told Mr. Bach a secret. Here is how the author describes the interview:

Mr. Meier said there was a period in the early history of the play when it seemed that the performances would never "catch on." There was something about the production and the organization that just "didn't click." Often, he would meet with the rest of the cast, and they would discuss the advisability of giving up and disbanding. What miracle occurred to turn the project from failure to phenomenal success? Here is how Mr. Meier explained it:

"One evening when I was playing the part of Christ, as I had done many times before -- a night when there were very few people in the audience, and hope was running low -- I came to the lines in the play where Jesus says, 'Why take ye thought for the morrow, O ye of little faith?' I had said these words many, many times. On this night, I heard myself saying this [...]


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