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What Matters Most

Repent, for the Kingdom of Heaven is at hand
Matthew 4:12-23 or 4:12-17

Sermon Topic Repentance

Sermon Week Third Sunday in Ordinary Time Cycle A

Scripture Summary Matthew 4:17


A shopper who had just returned from one of those department store January "White Sales," had this story to tell:

I was standing in a crowded department store elevator, when a woman pushed her way in through the closing doors with fire in her eyes. I couldn't understand what she was muttering to herself except that it was something about the department store's policies and it was obviously uncomplimentary. Then, her lip quivering with rage, she blurted out for all to hear, "It isn't the money I mind, it's that I hate to be cheated." And immediately you could feel the unspoken, sympathetic response from everyone on that elevator. Whatever had happened, we were ready to share her anger. For we had this in common: we all hate to be cheated.

Sure, we all hate to be cheated! Why then, do we put up with it from ourselves? Why do we spend so much of our energy and resources running after things that obviously are not worth the sacrifice?

The American Philosopher, W. P. Montague, once said that there is one simple question you and I must answer for ourselves before we'll be able to stop cheating ourselves. The question is, "Are the things that matter most finally at the mercy of the things that matter least?"

We are a Christian people. And we wouldn't be here if Christianity hadn't convinced us that the things that matter most are not finally at the mercy of the things that matter least. That which we care for most, when we're at our best, is not at the mercy of the world's brute forces (or, in Bible language, the "principalities and powers" -- the devils of this world). That is the very bedrock of our religion. We're here because we are convinced that whatever is humanly meaningful came from a most important Source, as part of a most important Design, and that it is headed somewhere that matters because of a most important Purpose.

Why then do we, who believe God gives eternal value and meaning and purpose to the things that are [...]

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