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You've Failed Big

If your hand causes you to sin, cut it off...If your foot causes you to sin, cut it off...If your eye causes you to sin, pluck it out
Mark 9:38-43, 45, 47-48

Sermon Topic God: goodness of

Sermon Week Twenty-Sixth Sunday in Ordinary Time Cycle B

Scripture Summary Mark 9:43,45,47


A famous "country" preacher had been invited to deliver a sermon in a big-city Church. When the preacher arrived, the host pastor warned him that certain people in the congregation were in the habit of leaving the Church early, some of them even before the sermon was over. "It's a big-city bad habit they've acquired," he said. "Always in a hurry. They do the same thing at plays and concerts--always heading for the exits before the curtain comes down." Having been forewarned, the visiting preacher mounted the pulpit and made the following opening announcement: "The first half of my sermon will be directed to all the sinners in the congregation. The last half will be addressed to the non-sinners." No one left early that day.

In harmony with Jesus' words in today's Gospel Lesson, this sermon is for sinners only. Only the saints may leave early.

A novelist was doing some research for a book about life in a New England town during the first half of this century. He thought he might get some insight from a visit to the local cemetery. He soon discovered that almost all the tombstones erected during the period in question contained a short epitaph. And, without exception, each epitaph had only words of praise for the deceased. Words like "kind," "generous," "upstanding," "loving," appeared everywhere. This prompted the researcher to ask, "I wonder where they buried the sinners?"

Well, all who were buried in that cemetery had been sinners, of course. And so are we who still walk the earth. I, and each of you, fall into that category. None of us is perfect. Each of us, to some degree, is estranged from God, out of harmony with God's Rule, which is what sin is all about. This is something that Jesus places great emphasis on in His teachings. The one thing needful in your life, your number one priority in life, Jesus says, is to draw ever closer to God. And the worst evil that can befall you is to be moving away from God. Better to lose a hand or a [...]

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