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No Middle Course

Then He took a cup...and all drank from it
Mark 14:12-16, 22-26

Sermon Topic Roots

Sermon Week The Body and Blood of Christ Cycle B

Scripture Summary Mark 14:23


Several years ago, one of the big, daily newspapers ran a thought-provoking column about religious holydays and secular holidays. Both, said the writer, are losing their meaning. We appear to be simply "going through the motions on the days of our religious and secular festivals. More and more, we're becoming a fragmented people, withdrawn from one another, isolated from one another, and you can't celebrate a festival alone." To which we might well add, "You can't celebrate God's gift of life alone." And you can't celebrate together if you are detached from your roots.

In our individual life and in our community life, both, if we are to experience wholeness, and a true sense of purpose, and a sure sense of direction, we need to be in constant touch with our roots: One of the ways in which God nourishes us is through our roots, our heritage, our traditions. The great, gracious God who created us has given us continuity. The past, present and future flow into one another. We need to rediscover, many of us, that a lively hope for our future is rooted in our past. We, as a People, as a Community, as a Church, are constantly in need of the nourishment provided by our roots.

To the Church in Corinth, the Apostle Paul wrote, "I praise you because you always remember me and are holding fast to the traditions I handed down to you" (I. Cor. 11:1).

In today's Gospel Lesson, Jesus and His twelve Apostles gather together for the Passover meal -- together carrying on a tradition rooted in a religious history that goes all the way back to the beginning -- to the story of Creation. "And as they were eating," Mark tells us,

Jesus took some bread, and when He had said the blessing, He broke it and gave it to them. "Take it," he said, "this is My Body." Then He took a cup, and when He had returned thanks He gave it to them, and all drank from it. And He said to them, "This is My Blood, the Blood of [...]

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