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Our Greatest Need

... and on the Sabbath He began to teach in the Synagogue; and many who heard Him were astonished
Mark 6:1-6

Sermon Topic God: presence of

Sermon Week Fourteenth Sunday in Ordinary Time Cycle B

Scripture Summary Mark 6:2


In a scene from "Zorba The Greek," Zorba complains that too many people want to experience God like "cool refreshment." He says, "God isn't cool refreshment, God is fire!" To which we might add, "until we experience God as fire, we will never experience Him as cool refreshment."

One of the astonishing things about God is the way He continues to reveal Himself to us. The God who is the Source of our life and the only Source of our wholeness of life does not hold Himself aloof. In astonishing ways, He comes to us, again and again, to ignite our souls with the power of His infinite love as we strive in the Apostle Paul's words, "to walk in newness of life ... as servants of Christ and stewards of the mysteries of God" (Rom. 6:4, 1 Cor. 4:1).

A spiritually troubled man turned to his pastor for counsel and advice. After listening to the man at great length, the pastor asked him to describe what he felt was the deepest need in his life. The man replied,

During the past few weeks we've been talking about what to do with the struggles in my life. You've tried to tell me that God loves me, is for me, and has the power to help me in my struggles. That's been difficult to hear because of what I've known about God from my friends, my family background, and our culture ... Then it hit me the other day, it hit me that the reason for my struggles is that I have had a wrong idea about God. I've thought of Him as a judge or a heavenly policeman. He has been "up there" or "out there" somewhere. I couldn't believe that He either knew about or cared about me and my struggles ... Most people believe in God, but He's like an absentee landlord -- aloof, distant, and non-existent as far as daily problems are concerned. My God has been a conglomerate of that conditioning and not the God of Love and action you've talked about. My greatest need is [...]

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