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The Ecumenical Age

Jesus saw a vast crowd. He pitied them for they were like sheep without a shepherd; and He began to teach them at great length
Mark 6:30-34

Sermon Topic Ecumenism

Sermon Week Sixteenth Sunday in Ordinary Time Cycle B

Scripture Summary Mark 6:34


If, somehow, Mark were to return to earth to recreate this Gospel episode into a Twentieth Century scenario, it probably would read much the same as the original. Jesus would be looking into the crowd and He would see many of us taking off in all directions like sheep without a shepherd. He would take pity on us lost sheep. He would patiently gather us together and begin to teach us and to give new direction to our lives.

We are the lost sheep and we are wrong to imagine otherwise. There are degrees of lostness and misdirection to be sure, but not one of us has been handed a gilt-edged guarantee of immunity from the "lost sheep" syndrome. This is true of us as individual Christians who become strays from time-to-time. And it most certainly is true of us as the Family of Christ. More times than any of us would care to recall or even know about, the members of Jesus' Flock have been more a sign of division in the world than a sign of unity.

The word "ecumenical" which is being used a great deal these days is derived from the Greek word meaning, "the whole inhabited world." When we speak of the "Ecumenical Movement," we speak of the movement toward unity throughout the whole inhabited world. Because of this Movement, many historians are calling the age in which we live "The Ecumenical Age." In their view it is the most important characteristic of our Age, as far as the Church is concerned. But, in all honesty, not many of us seem overly enthused about the "Ecumenical Movement."

The first three Gospels tell us that Jesus went into the upper room with His disciples on the last night of His life and there shared with them "The Lord's Supper." It was on that same occasion that other things happened which are recalled only in the fourth Gospel-the Gospel of John. One of those things was the prayer of Jesus which takes up an entire chapter in John. What a Treasure!: to have a lengthy prayer like [...]

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