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Our Troubled Land

Master, what must I do to inherit eternal life?
Deuteronomy 30:10-14; Psalm 69:14,17,30-31,33-34,36,37; Colossians 1:15-20; Luke 10:25-37

Sermon Week Fifteenth Sunday in Ordinary Time Cycle C

Scripture Summary Luke 10:25

After a week-long prayer and meditation retreat, the participants were asked to write their impressions. One man wrote:

My ambition to succeed had taken over my life to such an extent that I was feeling out of touch with reality. I was missing out on life. So, I came here looking for an answer. I came here looking for some sign or miracle. And what I've discovered is that the real miracle is the miracle of the people: the way they greet each other, the way they open their hearts to each other. Here everything is so simple and basic. You can read the signs that are written everywhere in life. When you're moving too fast, you can't read the signs. When you're moving too fast, you miss the miracle of life.

As that man experienced, you begin to get your best possible glimpse of the miracle of life when you realize that you are special in God's creative plan. You are one of God's "originals" — wonderfully mysterious in your uniqueness. Like the Universe itself, your life is vast and in motion. You are necessary! You belong! God's plan to fulfill His creation includes you; needs you!

Jesus is ready to perform a miracle of transformation in our life if we are open to it. Any genuine encounter with the Lord Jesus means change. It makes a difference in the way we live, and it makes a difference in the kind of people we are. We cannot encounter God's Grace through Jesus Christ and still go on in the same self-centered, insensitive, unloving way. If there is no change, the religious experience itself is contradicted.

If we go back to the Israelites in the time of Moses, we find a people encountering God, first in the Exodus and then in the desert journey to the Promised Land. Moses comes to them and lays down the Law, saying, "This is the way you will live because of your encounter with God." The Old Testament Prophets -- Isaiah, Jeremiah, Ezekiel, Micah, Hosea, Amos -- all pick up the same theme. They see the people [...]

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