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In God's Hands

When the people saw the sign he had performed they began to say, 'This is undoubtedly the Prophet who is to come into the world'
John 6:1-15

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Sermon Week Seventeenth Sunday in Ordinary Time Cycle B

Scripture Summary John 6:14


In his letter to the Ephesians, the Apostle Paul describes himself as "a prisoner for the Lord." Yet, he also wrote to the Christians of his day, "For freedom Christ has set up free; therefore stand fast in the freedom to which you have been called" (Gal. 5:1, 13). If these statements appear to contradict each other it is because we have not understood that one becomes "a prisoner of the Lord" only through an exercise of freedom of the highest order. Becoming "a prisoner of the Lord" is accomplished only by the free act of unreserved, total, voluntary surrender. "The Truth shall make you free." Only by allowing the Truth, which is Christ, to completely overtake us -- to "enslave" us, so to speak -- can we free ourselves from the "uptightness" of our time.

The "uptight" person, the excessive "worry-bird," is enslaved by an inflated notion of his or her ability to manage the future, to be in control. But the New Testament writers are telling us not to get uptight about tomorrow and tomorrow's tomorrows. There comes a point when we must let go, and hang loose, and surrender our future to Divine Providence.

In "The Divine Comedy," the poet Dante journeys to hell in order to discover what things are really like down there. Among the many images of hell he creates, is the peculiar torture inflicted on those who endeavor to pry into a future which is known only to the Mind of God. In Dante's words, "I saw between the head and beginning of the chest of each a shocking distortion; the face and head were twisted about to face the rear, and they were forced to walk backwards." The uptightness of our time produces its own private hell in which those who refuse to trust in Divine Providence become modern reflections of Dante's twisted and distorted human spirits.

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