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Chosen Or Frozen?

... the Kingdom of God will be taken from you and given to a people who will produce its fruit
Matthew 21:33-43

Sermon Topic Fruitfulness

Sermon Week Twenty-Seventh Sunday in Ordinary Time Cycle A

Scripture Summary Matthew 21:43


A lover of exotic birds finally gave in to her hidden desire for a parrot that could really talk. After months of searching, she found the parrot of her dreams. That bird could talk a blue streak! Unfortunately, it had been previously owned by a man whose everyday vocabulary included a great deal of profanity. Nevertheless, the woman worked hard at teaching the parrot good sayings, like "Praise the Lord," "I love you," "God is good." One day, the woman forgot to feed the parrot before leaving the house for the day. When she returned home she heard him uttering all the curse words he had ever learned. Whereupon she picked up the bird, put it in the deep freeze, and as she shut the door, she said, "I'll teach you not to use those bad words ever again." A few minutes later, she opened the freezer door and asked. "Have you learned your lesson?" "Yes Ma'am," the shivering parrot replied, "but can I ask a question?" "Yes, you may," said the woman. The parrot replied, "I thought I knew all the bad words, so tell me, what did that frozen turkey in there say?"

In today's Gospel Lesson, Jesus says to the chief priests and the elders who have questioned His authority, "I tell you, then, that the Kingdom of God will be taken from you and given to a people who will produce its fruit" (Mt. 21:43). Jesus, of course, was referring to His disciples, then and now. And that includes us -- you and me. Moreover, Jesus compared the mission of His followers who would produce the Kingdom's fruits to a great fire: "I have come to bring fire to the earth, and how I wish it were blazing already," He said. (Lk. 12:49). How He wishes it were blazing right now, in us. Are we burning with zeal to bear rich fruit for the Kingdom? Are we God's chosen people or "God's frozen people."

Jesus employed many different ways of communicating the Good News of God's love to His disciples. HE instructed them through prayer. He [...]

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