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Lord, Teach Me How To Dance

They look but do not see, they listen but do not hear or understand
Matthew 13:1-23 or 13:1-9

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Sermon Week Fifteenth Sunday in Ordinary Time Cycle A

Scripture Summary Matthew 13:13

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In a Midwestern Church, the crib-room is filled to capacity every Sunday without fail. As you enter the room, you see a large framed sign hanging on the wall over the long line of cribs. It reads, "Not all of us shall fall asleep, but all of us are to be changed." I don't have to remind the Bible experts among us that this line is a direct quote from St. Paul, First Corinthians, Chapter 15, Verse 51: "Not all of us shall fall asleep, but all of us are to be changed." I know for a fact that not all of us are asleep, but I cannot help wondering if there are many of us who are being changed. Are there many of us who really believe we need to change? Are there many of us who understand that the Word of God we hear in Church is always and without exception a call to change?

We come together to worship the God of Love. We come to hear His Message of Love. We come to thank Him for His great gifts of Love. We come to ask for mercy for having doubted and violated His love. Many words are spoken, but all of them Jesus likens to the seeds that fall on rock-unless what happens here is changing our attitude and approach to life. Unless what is happening here is changing us into more loving persons, we are the people Jesus describes in Today's Gospel Lesson: "They look but they do not see, they listen but they do not understand." And we can talk, talk, talk about our Christian ministry to the world, about our being a Servant People, about our mission of proclaiming the Good News of Jesus Christ, but we'll accomplish nothing if we remain unchanged. If, in our self-righteousness, we remain unconvinced of the need to change, if we remain unconvinced that the Word of God is always and without exception a call to become a more loving person, then we shall be as rocks and thorns and barren soil-cold, uninviting, hard and as messengers [...]

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