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Mourning Becomes Dancing

No one who comes to Me shall ever be hungry; no one who believes in Me shall ever thirst
John 6:24-35

Sermon Topic Mourning

Sermon Week Eighteenth Sunday in Ordinary Time Cycle B

Scripture Summary John 6:35


Anyone who believes these words seriously is well on the way toward possessing the key to the solution of the problem of life itself. We hunger and thirst for some word of our own worthwhileness. We hunger and thirst for deeper insights into who we are, what we are doing here, where we are heading, if anywhere. We hunger and thirst for the appearance of a flicker of light at the end of the tunnel of pain and death. We hunger and thirst for means of unlocking the door to the mystery of the "Why?" of it all. And in today's Gospel Lesson, Jesus offers us the key, "known only to saints and to children," as someone has said. And the key is: "I need Jesus."

A legislative committee was assigned to investigate conditions in a mental hospital of a large Eastern State. A dance for the patients was planned for the evening the committee arrived and the members were invited to attend. As the dancing went on, one legislative member decided to dance with one of the patients. He took for his partner a young woman to whom he had been introduced by one of the nurses. "I don't remember seeing you before. How long have you been a patient here?" The young woman asked. "Oh, I'm not a patient," the legislator replied. "I'm a member of the investigating committee." Trying her best to keep the conversation going, the young woman said, "Of course! How stupid of me. However, I knew the moment I saw you that you were either a member of the committee or a patient. But, for the life of me, I couldn't decide which."

That's the way it is for us many times. We feel either like members of a committee sent to planet earth to investigate the meaning and purpose of creation, or we feel like inmates, locked into a situation which, for the life of us, we can't figure out. Whichever is our condition of the moment, Jesus is saying, "Keep on dancing!" Hang in there! I will satisfy your hunger and quench [...]

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