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Nobody Is 'nobody'

What do you want Me to do for you?
Mark 10:46-52 or (Matthew 28:16-20)

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Sermon Week Thirtieth Sunday in Ordinary Time Cycle B

Scripture Summary Mark 10:51

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A woman rode down a hotel elevator on a day when the Press crowded the lobby, waiting for Elizabeth Taylor to come out of her suite. The elevator stopped, the doors opened, and the woman was instantly greeted by a burst of camera flash bulbs. Whereupon, the woman instinctively put her head down and her hands over her face. "There she is!" someone yelled. But when she lifted her head up a photographer said in a loud voice, "Forget it. It's nobody."

More often than not in our culture, being somebody means being rich and famous. Or, at the very least, being very athletic or very entertaining or very talented or very good looking. By those standards I suppose most of us would be regarded as nobodies. Or, as the author of this little lament puts it...

This one has money,
Another has wit.

That one is handsome,
till another is fit.

This one can sing well,
is seldom off key.

But how am I special?
What happened to me?

We all fall into the trap of measuring other people's worth by means of externals -- focusing on superficial values. Comedian Jerry Seinfeld does a satirical routine in which he reminds us of our emphasis on appearances rather than inner-characteristics. He says that when a man and a woman begin to think about each other in terms of a possible lasting relationship, they tend to magnify the externals. For example...

The guy may say to himself something like, "I don't think her eyebrows are even. I can't believe it. Her eyebrows are uneven. Could I look at uneven eyebrows the rest of my life?" And, at the same time the gal may be thinking, "What is he staring at? Do I want someone staring at me like that the rest of my life?"

Today's Gospel Lesson informs us once again that despite any external evidence to the contrary, we -- all of us -- are important somebodies with whom God Himself has entered into an everlasting relationship. You may not be rich and famous, you may not be terribly witty, [...]

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