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A Matter Of Life And Death

Where did this man get all this ... Is not this the carpenter, the Son of Mary?
Mark 6:1-6

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Sermon Week Fourteenth Sunday in Ordinary Time Cycle B

Scripture Summary Mark 6:2,3

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In the remote deserts of Southwestern United States, temperatures soar above 120 degrees every summer. The earth cakes and cracks. To lift one's face to the early afternoon sun is like standing too close to the open door of a hot oven. Yet, in spite of the terrible heat, even the most isolated desert areas are home for many people. The reason is simple: there is more to the blazing desert than meets the eye. Below the parched expanse of rock, cactus and sagebrush there are pools, streams and rivers. Residents dig wells, sometimes as shallow as six feet, and draw all the water they need. And as long as they have water, they can live -- even in the most blistering conditions. Because they have tapped into that precious source of life which flows beneath the visible surface, they can survive in the desert an entire lifetime.

In terms of our spiritual survival -- our ultimate fulfillment -- we need to discover that precious Source of Life that lies deep within our souls. We need to tap that precious Source of Life which Jesus described as "living water" (Jn. 4:10). "Whoever drinks of this water that I shall give him will never thirst," Jesus said. "The water that I shall give him will become in him a spring of water welling up to eternal life" (Jn. 4:14).

The largest dictionary in the English language, devotes 10,000 words toward defining the word "think" in its various contexts. The word "strike" means one thing on the sports' page and another thing on the business page. "Dribble" means one thing to a basketball player and another thing to the mother of an infant. "Battery" means one thing to an automobile repairman, and another thing to an artillery officer. Everything derives its meaning from what precedes, what follows and what surrounds it, that is to say, from its context. Nothing under the sun exists entirely unto itself. "No man is an island," the poet John Donne wrote. Only by seeing ourselves in the full context of that which preceded us, that which surrounds [...]

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