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Lord, I Love You, Lord!

Martha, Martha, you are anxious and troubled about many things
Luke 10:38-42

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Sermon Week Sixteenth Sunday in Ordinary Time Cycle C

Scripture Summary Luke 10:41


Anxiety is one of the hallmarks of our society. Daily pre-occupation with such things as money and possessions or mindless pleasures or having control over other people's lives is a stressful way of life. Commenting on this situation, Cavett Robert of the "National Speakers Association" said: "When my father missed a plane, he caught another one. When my grand-father missed a train, he caught one the next day. Their world did not come to an end. There were other trains and other planes. Today, we miss one section of a revolving door and our entire day is shot."

Formal Education was the major preoccupation of a young woman named Melissa Breeze. She had two Undergraduate Degrees, two Masters Degrees and a Ph.D. But as she pursued her second Ph.D., the stress and strain of years of concentrated study began to show. She lost her sense of humor. She was becoming more and more irritable. She wore a frown on her face that never seemed to go away. Finally a wise old professor called her into his office. "Melissa," he said, "your anxiety over your studies has become inordinate." Then he recited this delightful little limerick:

A maiden at college, Miss Breeze, Weighted down by B.A.s and Ph.D.s, collapsed from the strain, Said her doctor, "It's plain, you're killing yourself by degrees." 1

"Children have a remarkable talent for not giving the adult world the kind of respect we are so confident it ought to be given. To the irritation of authority figures of all sorts, children expend considerable energy in 'clowning around.' They refuse to appreciate the gravity of our monumental concerns, while we forget that if we were to become more like children our concerns might not be so monumental." 2 Jesus said that anyone who "does not receive the Kingdom of God like a child shall not enter it." Jesus also said that the person who humbles himself or herself like a child "is the greatest in the Kingdom of Heaven" (Lk. 18:17, Mt. 18:3-4).

In today's Gospel Lesson, Jesus is making His way to Jerusalem where He [...]

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