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Prayer Is Expensive

Jesus then took the loaves, and when He had given thanks, He distributed them
John 6:1-15

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Sermon Week Seventeenth Sunday in Ordinary Time Cycle B

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One Sunday morning, two little girls, ages four and six, were leaving Church with their parents. The six-year-old was deep in thought about the story of the loaves and fishes she had just heard: Jesus had fed a great big crowd of hungry people with a couple of fish and a little bit of bread. Awesome! The four-year-old was singing a nursery rhyme:

Humpty Dumpty sat on a wall.
Humpty Dumpty had a great fall.
All the king's horses
and all the king's men
couldn't put Humpty together again.

Whereupon, the six-year-old said triumphantly, "Jesus could!" And, with Jesus' help, maybe even "all the king's men" could have put Humpty together again. With Jesus' help, maybe even we could do it!

God has a thousand ways where I can see not one. When all my means have reached their end, then His have just begun.1

"In my distress I cry to the Lord, that He may answer me," the Psalmist sang...

I lift up my eyes to the hills. From whence does my help come? My help comes from the Lord, who made heaven and earth (Ps. 120:1,121:1-2).

The story is told of a bricklayer who had tried to move about five hundred pounds of bricks from the top of a four-story building to the sidewalk below. The problem was, he tried to do it alone. In his own words (taken from his insurance claim form)...

It would have taken too long to carry the bricks down by hand, so I decided to put them in a barrel and lower them by a pulley which I had fastened to the top of the building. After tying the rope securely at the ground level, I then went up to the top of the building, I fastened the rope around the barrel, loaded it with the bricks and swung it out over the sidewalk for the descent. Then I went down to the sidewalk and untied the rope, holding it securely to guide the barrel down slowly. But, since I weigh only one hundred and forty pounds, the five-hundred-pound load jerked me [...]

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