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A Tremendous Secret

And he called to Him the twelve, and began to send them out two by two
Mark 6:7-13

Sermon Topic God: presence of

Sermon Week Fifteenth Sunday in Ordinary Time Cycle B

Scripture Summary Mark 6:7

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A storm was rising as a cruise ship made its way into port. Because of the heavy seas, the regular gangway could not be used to disembark the passengers. Instead, a makeshift narrow gangway was substituted. It was so narrow it could accommodate only one passenger at a time. The going was treacherous as the swells caused the ship to sway and lurch. Nevertheless, each passenger in turn slowly and cautiously made his or her way down. Finally, a woman in her late seventies appeared at the top of the gangplank. Crew members stood motionless as she carefully edged her way down and, to everyone's relief, stepped safely onto the dock. Then she turned, looked back up and called out, "It's O.K. mother, you can come down now!"

When Jesus calls us into His Kingdom, He warns us that we must enter through a narrow passageway: "Enter by the narrow gate ... for the way is hard that leads to life, and those who find it are few" (Mt. 7:13, 14).

When we hear this passage, it is likely that our thoughts will turn to the sacrificial side of being a Christian. If we want to follow Jesus, there are risks to be taken; there are things in life we must do without; there are things others do that we cannot do. We think of the need to put certain restraints on our activities, adhere to certain disciplines. And all the while, the rest of the world goes its merry way. There is abundant truth in this, of course. "The gate is wide and the way is easy that leads to destruction," Jesus tells us (Mt. 7:13), but "the road is hard that leads to life." For the early Christians, the road that leads to life was indeed hard. Yet the New Testament writers tell us, over and over again, that the early Christians were a people of joy.

Oppression, persecution, imprisonment, martyrdom -- it's all there in the story of the early Christians. But in the midst of it all, there is a spirit of "unutterable and exalted joy" [...]

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