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Just Follow the Signs

your names are inscribed in heaven
Isaiah 66:10-14; Psalm 66:1-7,16,20; Galatians 6:14-18; Luke 10:1-12,17-20

Sermon Week Fourteenth Sunday in Ordinary Time Cycle C

Scripture Summary Luke 10:20

In one of his popular novels, author C. S. Lewis gives us a satirical look at some important theological issues – namely temptation and our resistance to it. -1

The story unfolds in the form of a series of letters from a senior demon, Screwtape, to his nephew Wormwood, a junior devil. Satan gives instructions to his demon followers, preparing them for their hellish mission to the world. He says, "Our cause is never more in danger than when a human, no longer desiring but still intending to do God's Will, looks around upon a Universe from which every trace of Him seems to have vanished, asks why he has been forsaken, and still obeys."

There is one fundamental concept in our understanding of what Jesus was all about that has profound implications for our own lives today. The fact is that all through His life, Jesus understood His ministry of obedience to the Father's Will primarily in terms of loving service to other persons. He was what the later Church came to call the "Servant Leader." But His disciples never understood this. In the wilderness, you remember, when Jesus fed thousands of His followers the loaves and fishes, they tried to make Him their king. Still, He refused, and the people didn't understand. When He rode into Jerusalem on a little donkey, the crowds welcomed Him as their king. But He certainly didn't act like a king, and the people didn't understand. On the night before His death, when He knelt on the floor of the upper room and washed the disciples' dusty feet in a servant's role, they didn't want to accept Him in that role. They didn't understand. Finally, on the Cross -- the culmination of the servant's role -- He revealed to them the depth of His willingness to suffer, even die for others, and they didn't understand. And now, more than two thousand years later, it is evident that many of us do not understand. And for this reason, we are kept from getting close to Jesus -- perhaps more so today than at any other [...]


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