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Which Is Me? His Name, repentance for the forgiveness of sins would be preached to all the nations
Luke 24:35-48

Sermon Topic Repentance

Sermon Week Third Sunday of Easter Cycle B

Scripture Summary Luke 24:47


In the "Wizard of Oz" legend, a great cyclone strikes in the state of Kansas, transporting young Dorothy to a strange land called Oz. She meets three very engaging characters -- a scarecrow, a tin woodsman and a cowardly lion. Dorothy discovers that the scarecrow would like more than anything else to have a brain; that the tin woodsman, above all else, longs to have a heart; that the cowardly lion wants most of all to be courageous. Dorothy and her three new acquaintances then set out together in search of the one and only Wizard of Oz who would show them how to satisfy all their needs and wants, how to solve all their problems. The journey turns out to be a hazardous one. But in spite of all kinds of obstacles, they manage to get through it all. The point of the story is the manner in which they manage to work their way through. Whenever some physical danger threatens them, it is always the cowardly lion who fights their way out of it. Whenever they face an obstacle that requires some brain work to avoid, it is the brainless scarecrow who comes up with the answer. As for the tin woodsman, who is in search of a heart, he demonstrates such a capacity for pity and sympathy for others that they have to have an oil can handy all the time to keep his free-flowing tears from rusting his joints. Finally, they arrive at their destination and the Wizard of Oz points out that each of them already possesses that which they had travelled so far to obtain. The wisdom of the story is that, in order to aquire the human qualities we need for our life's fulfillment, we must be willing to take the first step. And once we take that first step, we already have begun to possess that which we need in order to become the kind of person we have been created to be.

A tourist was passing through a picturesque village when he came upon an old resident sitting beside a tree. [...]

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