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You Really Matter!

John the Baptist appeared in the wilderness preaching a baptism of repentenc
Mark 1:1-8

Sermon Topic Repentance

Sermon Week Second Sunday of Advent Cycle B

Scripture Summary Mark 1:4


The New Testament writers tell us, over-and-over again, that God's Grace will overtake us whenever we journey through the dark tunnel of meaninglessness. Sometimes, at that moment of total despair, a wave of light breaks into our darkness and it is as though a voice were saying: "You are loved! You are accepted! I have come into the world as the ultimate witness to your worthwhileness! You really matter! Your being really counts! You are an integral, necessary part of God's plan for the fulfillment of His creation! Your reason for being extends through all eternity! You never will be abandoned! Accept the reality that you are accepted!"

Picture yourself for a moment as a slave. You have been brought into the slave market and you are up on the auction block. Someone comes along, bids the highest price, and pays for you. But, to your utter astonishment, instead of taking you into slavery in his household, he says to you, "You are free! I have paid the price for you! You are a free person."

The picture changes. Now you are a criminal. You have committed the crime of which you are accused. You know you are guilty. You stand before the judge, condemned. You are awaiting the death sentence when, to your utter astonishment, the judge pronounces you forgiven and free! Although you had done nothing to deserve it or expect it, nevertheless you are free again! In both instances it was a sheer act of grace -- a gift -- that made a whole new way of life possible to you.

In today's Gospel Lesson, Mark tells us that "John the Baptizer appeared in the wilderness, preaching a baptism of repentance for the forgiveness of sins" (Mk. 1:4). John the Baptist is proclaiming the Good News of salvation. John the Baptist is proclaiming the Good News that Jesus Christ has come to set us free. John the Baptist is preparing his followers for the coming of God's Gift Supreme -- the sheer act of Grace that would radically change their perspective on life and their experience of [...]

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