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The 'Troubled-Mind-and-Heart' Disease

So the last will be first, and the first last
Matthew 20:1-16

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Sermon Week Twenty-Fifth Sunday in Ordinary Time Cycle A

Scripture Summary Matthew 20:16


On my head, Lord, pour the sweet waters of serenity!
Give me the gift of the untroubled mind!

An old mountaineer was undergoing a physical examination. "Have you been sleeping well lately?" the doctor asked. The old fellow thought for a moment, then replied, "I sleep real good nights, and pretty good mornings, but afternoons I just toss and turn."

A TV weather reporter had been so consistently wrong with his predictions that the station was flooded with letters demanding that he be replaced. Consequently, he applied for a job in another region of the country. "Why did you leave your last job?" the interviewer asked. "The climate didn't agree with me," said the weather reporter.

A woman became obsessed with thoughts of afterlife. She simply had to know now what lies beyond the grave. Even after she had read several books on the subject she lay awake nights pondering the mystery of life after death. Finally, in desperation, she wrote a letter to a world-renowned theologian. "How can I get the definitive answer on heaven and hell?" she asked. When the theologian's reply came, the woman's hands trembled with anticipation as she opened the letter. Then she read the theologian's answer. It consisted of one word: "Die!"

A man was delivering a package from a department store. He knocked at the customer's front door and a five-year-old boy answered. "Hell-o little fellow," said the delivery man. "Are you here all alone?" "Yes," said the little boy, "Mom's in the hospital and my brother and my two sisters and my daddy and me are here all alone."

The point we're trying to make here is that, in various ways, all of us have troubled minds to some degree. Whether it's afternoon insomnia, or a disagreeable climate, or anxiety about afterlife, or sickness, or loneliness, we want relief. We want to feel the sweet waters of serenity pouring over our heads. We want to receive the gift of the untroubled mind. And, in a very real sense, that's what the New Testament is all about. The Gospels tell us the story [...]

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