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Hang Loose!

When the people saw the sign He had performed they began to say, 'This is undoubtedly the Prophet who is to come into the world'
John 6:1-15

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Sermon Week Seventeenth Sunday in Ordinary Time Cycle B

Scripture Summary John 6:14

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Fashions in language come and go. But it's likely that one lasting contribution from the fashions of recent years will turn out to be the expression "uptight." Uptight people are not necessarily neurotic people. In fact, psychologists might say they are normal. It is fashionable, it seems, to worry with a passion about getting ahead; worry about health; worry about bills to pay; worry about family problems; worry about social problems; worry about political problems; even worry about worries. An unknown author captures the "up-tightness" of our time:

This is the age
of the half-read page
and the quick hash
and the mad dash
the bright night
with the nerves tight
the plane hop
with a brief stop
the lamp tan
in a short span
the brain strain
and the heartpain
and the catnaps
till the spring snaps
and the fun's
done.

The jingle offers us a grim procession of the nervous routines that have come to characterize the lives of so many of us today. Imprisoned in such routines, it's a wonder we ever loosen up.

In the Letter to the Ephesians, the Apostle Paul describes himself as "a prisoner for the Lord." Yet, he wrote to the Christians of his day, "For freedom Christ has set us free; therefore stand fast in the freedom to which you have been called" (Gal.5:1,13). If these statements appear to contradict each other it is because we have not understood that one becomes a prisoner of the Lord" only through an exercise of freedom of the highest order. Becoming "a prisoner of the Lord" is accomplished only by the free act of unreserved, total, voluntary surrender. "The Truth shall make you free," St. John writes. Only by allowing the Truth which is Christ to completely overtake us-to "enslave" us, so to speak-can we free ourselves from the bonds of "the brain strain and heart pain" and all the other symptoms of the "uptightness" of our time.

The "uptight" person, the excessive "worry-bird," is enslaved by an inflated notion of his ability to manage the future. But we should not-we dare not-get uptight about [...]

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