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Coming Home

What shall I do to inherit eternal life?
Luke 10:25-37

Sermon Topic Eternal Life

Sermon Week Fifteenth Sunday in Ordinary Time Cycle C

Scripture Summary Luke 10:25


An elderly pastor stepped off the curb to begin crossing the street. A motorist honked at him and he leaped in alarm. The frightened clergyman's companion tried to ease the tension with a friendly taunt. "Why did you jump like that at a mere auto horn? You are always talking about faith, and the mercy of God, and heaven as your true home." To which the pastor replied with a confident smile, "Yes, that's true. Heaven is my true home. But right now I'm not in the least homesick."

The 137th Psalm is the lament of a person who is homesick. The Hebrew people are away from their homeland, unable to return. And out of the loneliness and the depression and the pain of that homesickness comes the Psalmist's cry:

By the waters of Babylon,
there we sat down and wept when we remembered Zion.
...our captors required of us songs,
and our tormentors, mirth, saying,
"Sing us one of the songs of Zion!"

How shall we sing the Lord's song in a strange land? (Ps. 137:1, 3-4).

Homesickness is something most of us can identify with. Most of us have experienced the deep longing -- the physical ache -- that comes with homesickness. In the blockbuster Broadway musical, "Les Miserables," the most poignant solo -- the song which moves audiences to tears -- is called "Bring Him Home!" It touches something in us.

God's greatest gift to us is the Living Christ. At the heart of our faith is the welcoming of this Living Presence into our very being. Having reminded you of that awesome reality, I ask you to consider what it would be like to invite the Living Christ into your experiences of homesickness. What would it be like to invite the Living Christ into the midst of the ache and the loneliness and the sadness and the depression and the emptiness that you feel -- that we all feel -- at least from time-to-time?

We have been created by a Gracious God with a built-in homesickness. The experience of emptiness is part of what makes us [...]

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