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Do It Again

People from all around would come to Him
Mark 1:40-45

Sermon Topic Enthusiasm

Sermon Week Sixth Sunday in Ordinary Time Cycle B

Scripture Summary Mark 1:45

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In his Letter to the Ephesians, the Apostle Paul writes:

Look carefully then, how you walk, not as unwise men but as wise, making the most of the time...Therefore, do not be foolish, but understand what the Will of the Lord is (Eph. 5:14,15).

Regrettably, many people view the Will of God as rather like a ten-ton elephant hanging overhead, ready to fall on them. Actually, the word we translate into English as "Will" comes from both a Hebrew word and a Greek word which mean yearning. Its meaning connotates the kind of yearning which lovers have for one another -- not a yearning of the mind alone or the heart alone, but of the whole being. It is a yearning which gives us a glimpse -- but only a glimpse -- of the depth of God's yearning for us. And the consequence of yearning for God's Holy Will to take over your whole being, Paul says, is to be filled "with the Spirit," and to be singing and making melody to the Lord with all your heart" (Eph. 5:19).

In another place, Paul writes, ...put on love, which binds everything together in perfect harmony...and sing psalms and hymns and spiritual songs with thankfulness in your hearts to God (Col. 3:14,16).

When we yearn to be overtaken by the Will of God, we find our life overflowing with goodness. And the song does not stop. It constantly receives new impetus along the way, as God acts again and again for the sake of our life-enrichment. We, the faithful, we the Church, keep singing all the way to the throne of God. And we dare to imagine that even beyond our sight, the Church Triumphant (our treasured dead) are still singing at the throne.1

How do we sing that song? One thinks of the various musical markings composers use to tell conductors and performers how they want their music played and sung. For example, "adagio" means slow; "allegro" means "fast/cheerful." Then there is "con brio." That means "with vivacity/spirited." That is the life to which Christ is calling us: vivacious...vital...vibrant! It's [...]

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