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There Was Jesus!

And then they will see the Son of Man
Mark 13:24-32

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Sermon Week Thirty-Third Sunday in Ordinary Time Cycle B

Scripture Summary Mark 13:26


William Alle White, one of america's greatest journalists, is often remembered for his clever defense of the honor of his native state, Kansas. It was on the occasion of a banquet at which Mr. White was the principal speaker. In introducing Mr. White, the toastmaster, who was from Missouri, said that he was reminded of the little girl who was told by her parents that the family was leaving Missouri and moving to Kansas. The girl went into the back yard, looked up at the sky and said, "Goodbye God! We're moving to Kansas!" When Mr. White got up to speak, he said the story was true, but the emphasis was wrong. What the little girl really said was, "Good! By God, we're moving to Kansas!"

Hearing today's Gospel Lesson, some of us may be contemplating the time when people all over the world will look up at the sky and say, "Goodbye God. Jesus tells us that the time will come when...

The sun will be darkened,
and the moon will not give us light,
and the stars will be falling from heaven,
and the powers in heaven will be shaken (Mk. 13:25).
The sun will be darkened? Goodbye God!
The moon will not give us light? Goodbye God!
The stars will be falling? Goodbye God!
The powers in heaven will be shaken? Goodbye God!

If the time were to come when we actually looked up at the sky and saw the sun go out, and the utter darkness being pierced by billions of falling stars, our greatest fear would, I am sure, be that God had abandoned us. With the wondrous universal order of things now in chaos, our greatest fear, I am sure, would be that God's Providence is moving elsewhere; that He no longer is concerned about us; that He no longer cares about us; that He no longer loves us. Goodbye, God!

But Jesus is here telling us now that it will never happen; "Goodbye God" will never be appropriate under any conditions or in any situation of uncertainty. "The sun will be darkened," yes; [...]

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