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Seeing Jesus

And they cast out many demons, and anointed with oil many that were sick and healed them
Mark 6:7-13

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Sermon Week Fifteenth Sunday in Ordinary Time Cycle B

Scripture Summary Mark 6:13


I'm sure that many of you know the legend of the six blind men who were led to an elephant so they could examine it. The first man touched the side of the elephant and said, "It's very much like a wall." The second man touched the elephant's tusk and said, "It's very much like a spear." The third man took the elephant's squirming trunk in his hand and commented, "It's very much like a snake." The fourth man, embracing one of the legs, remarked, "It's very much like a tree." The fifth man, feeling the elephant's ear, shouted, "Even a blind man can tell that this animal is very much like a fan." The sixth man grabbed hold of the tail and said, "The elephant is really very much like a rope." Then the six men went home, each one satisfied that he understood what an elephant looked like.

Suppose you were asked, "What is the Christian life really all about?" How would you answer? One person might reply that it means being in Church once a week. Another might answer that it means believing in the Bible ... or that it means praying every day ... or that it means relying on God for peace and security ... or that it means accepting Christ's forgiveness in order to enjoy heaven in the life to come ... or that it means being humble and honest and just.

Without a doubt, Christianity involves all of these truths. But there is more -- much more. And the full form of the Christian faith cannot be seen until the Founder of our faith -- Jesus Christ Himself -- is seen for who He really is. It is not enough to see that He gives us healing. It is not enough to see that He provides our daily bread. It is not enough to see that He provides people who care about us. We will not see the fullness of Christ until we see His Cross. We will not see the fullness of Christ until we take up our own cross. We will [...]

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