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It's Worth The Risk

... after trials of every sort the sun shall 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

Sermon Topic Risk

Sermon Week Thirty-Third Sunday in Ordinary Time Cycle B

Scripture Summary Mark 13:24-26


On Christmas Day we will celebrate what God, our Creator, did nearly two thousand years ago. He sent His own loving Christ Spirit into our world in the form of a tiny Child, thereby changing forever the course of human history. We will celebrate also what God is doing now. But as we prepare for Jesus' birthday, we must remember that our celebration will be of little consequence unless it serves to awaken the Christ Spirit within us. We celebrate, therefore, the Good News that the same Christ Spirit that was embodied in Jesus comes to us, is offered to us now. We can experience the reality of Christ's coming now.

We can begin now to renew our faith in the reality of God's coming into our lives in this way. God doesn't take us by storm, ordinarily. He often comes in ways that are very gentle and very still. We have to be emptied out before He can fill us with Himself. And that takes preparation. We need a time of genuinely humble preparation for the coming of Christ.

Young students will tell you that one of the risky things about going to school is taking a chance on the food they're serving in the cafeterias these days. A little boy listened carefully as the teacher made the morning announcements to the class. And when he heard him say, "Today is Groundhog Day," he muttered, "Boy, I am glad I brought my lunch."

Life is filled with risk. And the Christmas-preparation Gospel texts remind us of this reality. In today's Lesson, Jesus gives us a whole litany of calamities that mankind will endure before the end of time. He has already spoken of "wars and threats of war," of "nation rising against nation," of "earthquakes and famine," of "beatings and imprisonment" for His followers, of a time when His followers "must flee to the mountains." Jesus now speaks of a period when 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" (Mk. [...]

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