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God Rules Everything

The sun will be darkened, the moon will not shed its light, stars will fall out of the skies, and the heavenly hosts will be shaken
Mark 13:24-32

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Sermon Week Thirty-Third Sunday in Ordinary Time Cycle B

Scripture Summary Mark 13:24-25


Here is a God who can control the sunlight easier than turning a 60-watt electric bulb on and off. Here is God who can move the stars around like billiard balls. Here is a God who is the Source of all life, all creation. And "modern religious man" approaches this Almighty God as if He were a benevolent Santa Claus, or a high-level Civil Servant who likes to do little favors for the "in" people. Modern man has lost the sense of awe and wonder that is due only to God.

More accurately, modern man has slipped into idolatry. The homage due God alone has been redirected. Whether we speak of it in terms of "major preoccupation" or "value system" or "priorities," the hard fact is that God is not Number One. God is not at the center of our lives. We've moved Him over. We've placed ourselves at the center. In our modern Society the Spirit of God is not dominant. The spirit of "What's in it for me," has taken over. The spirit of acquisition has taken over. While the search for fulfillment in self-gratification continues to escalate, the search for fulfillment in God seems to have been postponed.

Modern man is trying desperately to bring God down from His proper pedestal, to take the Mystery out of God. We are not speaking now of "atheists" who eliminate God, so to speak. We are speaking of the "Believers" who are trying to bring God down a peg. He is still a part of their lives, but only a part: a time for play and a time for work and a time for TV and a time for sex and a time for school, and a time for God. God is not at the center of all their life's activities. He comes to be regarded as one more thing to be fitted into a busy schedule.

Several weeks ago a newspaper cartoon appeared depicting a domestic scene in which the husband, drink in hand, is sitting in front of the TV set. His eyes remain glued to the set [...]

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