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Give Me The Simple Life

Heaven and earth will pass away, but My words will not pass away
Mark 13:24-32

Sermon Topic Anxiety

Sermon Week Thirty-Third Sunday in Ordinary Time Cycle B

Scripture Summary Mark 13:31


Soon after a young man entered college, he sent a telegram to his father which read, "Feather in my cap -- elected Class President." A few weeks later he sent a second wire: "Another feather in my cap -- accepted into best fraternity." A month later he sent a third telegram: "Still another feather in my cap -- leading role in class play." At the end of the term, the student wired a message to his brother: "Flunked out; prepare father; tell him to send money to come home." The brother wired back, "Father prepared; better prepare yourself. Father says stick all those feathers on your shoulders and fly home."

In today's Gospel lesson, Jesus is telling us to put our trust in His words of eternal life to bring us home to the Father. The feathers in our cap will pass away, our earthly treasures will pass away, but His words "will not pass away," Jesus assures us (Mk. 13:31).

The problem for many of us is that we've taken on so much excess baggage in our life's journey. "Do not lay up for yourselves treasures on earth, where moth and rust consume and where thieves break in and steal," Jesus warns us, "but lay up for yourselves treasures in heaven, where neither moth nor rust consume ... For where your treasure is, there your heart will be also" (Mt. 6:19-21). We can fill our life to overflowing with the things of this world but if we place our trust in earthly treasures to fulfill our life, we will one day discover that we cannot come home to God under their heavy burden. What compounds the problem is that when the things we have don't bring us happiness, instead of picking up the clue that we're going about it in the wrong way we go after more things: "If I had more! If I had more! If I had more!" And the burden gets heavier and heavier. And the frustration gets deeper and deeper. And the journey back home to God gets rougher and rougher. And the distance gets [...]

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