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That's Me!

It is Mary who has chosen the better part
Genesis 18:1-10; Psalm 15:2-5; Colossians 1:24-28; Luke 10:38-42

Sermon Week Sixteenth Sunday in Ordinary Time Cycle C

Scripture Summary Luke 10:42

If you have ever been to Niagara Falls, you may have seen the boat called "Maid of the Mist." One man who took a tour of the falls on that celebrated vessel said this about the experience:

The boat headed straight for the base of the majestic falls. The closer we got, the slower we moved. Water was showering everything around us, and we couldn't hear each other over the tumultuous roar.

Suddenly, we broke through the curtain into a place of peace. Behind us, the water rolled from above and the sides. Ahead the falls were so close we sensed we could reach out for a touch. But there was a sense of peace which must be like being in the eye of a hurricane. Looking up, beautifully arched over our heads, was a rainbow. The wonder of it all filled our eyes with tears. I held my breath and listened closely, for I knew that at any moment, some great choir would break out in Handel's "Hallelujah Chorus." There was peace in the midst of the storm! There was God in the midst of the storm!

Science tells us that the mist in a dense fog blanketing seven city blocks and one hundred feet deep contains less than one eight-ounce glass of water. Unbelievable though it seems, a single glass of water can shut down a large, international airport. A single glass of water can completely obstruct our vision.

Worry has the same power over us. Even one tiny trouble, if allowed to multiply, can put a cloud on our entire life. The awesome wonders of life can be obscured by the misty haze of anxiety. Worry can be like any addiction. It may start as a minor concern, but it becomes a giant habit that hooks us. It becomes bigger than life. It surrounds us and swallows us. Said one chronic worrier: "I have so many troubles that if anything bad happens today, I won't be able to worry about it for two weeks."

Indeed, worry can be addictive. And if we're still fretting about yesterday, or if we've [...]


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