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Tell Them It's Raining!

... for they preach but do not practice
Matthew 23:1-12

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Sermon Week Thirty-First Sunday in Ordinary Time Cycle A

Scripture Summary Matthew 23:3

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The "Dear Abby" Columnist, Abigail Van Buren, received the following letter from a frustrated reader:

Dear Abby: My husband hates to spend money! I cut my own hair and make my own clothes, and I have to account for every nickel I spend. Meanwhile he has a stack of savings bonds put away that would choke a cow. How do I get some money out of him before we are both called to our final judgment? He says he's saving for a rainy day.

The letters was signed, "Forty Years Hitched." Dear Abby wrote the following response:

Dear Hitched: Tell him it's raining!

"Do not neglect to do good and to share what you have, for such sacrifices are pleasing to God," the Apostle Paul wrote (Heb. 13:16). Paul was telling his Christian brothers and sisters that the experience of God's super abundant Love which Christ opens up to His followers is not meant to be saved -- for a rainy day or any other future day. The experience of God's super abundant Love is to be shared. That means today! That means now! That means in the life situation of the moment!

Did you know that no tree is ever full-grown. If a tree is still living it is still growing. When a tree stops growing it is dead.

Jesus said:

I am the vine, you are the branches. He who abides in Me, and I in him, he it is that bears much fruit, for apart from Me you can do nothing. If a man does not abide in Me, he is cast forth as a branch and withers (John 15:5-6).

"The fruit of the Spirit is Love" (Gal. 5:22). In the spiritual sense, if your life is fruitful --that is if you enter into each life situation, moment-by-moment and day-by-day, in a loving way -- then you are alive and well and still growing. But if self-centeredness and egoism and pride and self-righteousness and hypocrisy dominate your moment-by-moment and day-by-day life situations, you have stopped growing, and you are spiritually dead. Again, in Jesus' words, "If a [...]

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