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All The Lonely People

Nevertheless, do not rejoice so much in the fact that the devils are subject to you as that your names are inscribed in heaven.
Luke 10:1-12, 17-20 or 10:1-9

Sermon Topic Fulfillment

Sermon Week Fourteenth Sunday in Ordinary Time Cycle C

Scripture Summary Luke 10:20


Remember these lines from the 1966 Beatles' song, "Eleanor Rigby"?...

Ah, look at all the lonely people:
Eleanor Rigby, picks up the rice
in the Church where a wedding has been,
lives in a dream ...
All the lonely people, where do they all come from?
All the lonely people, where do they all belong?

"Eleanor Rigby" was part of a trend in contemporary popular music which puts the listener in a restless, wistful, searching mood, and it has been influencing the lives of millions of young people and others for years. It's still getting to people right where they really are. It's still raising the question of what it means to be a fulfilled person, because most of it is about unfulfilled persons. The sad, sometimes hauntingly beautiful images we see in such songs are about people in loneliness; people in estrangement; people who have a deep longing somewhere inside for something they haven't yet found; people like us, many times. The implied question is always, "Where is the fulfilled life?" "Who has found it?" "Who can show us the way?" "Who can tell us about it?" And, if you don't like the Beatles, then it's there in the "Sounds of Silence" of Simon and Garfunkel. It's there in songs like "What's It All About Alfie?" and "Georgy Girl." It's there in modern painting and sculpture. It's there in contemporary literature and poetry. It's there in the social and liberation movements of our time. It's all around us, this question people are constantly raising, often in anguished tone: Where is the fulfilled life? Who can show us the way? And I think it's terribly important for us to feel this contemporary mood and to seriously reflect on it--especially on these occasions when we come together to hear God's Word on the subject.

Not long ago, an old pastor observed that in all the years of his ministry, he had never met a fulfilled rich person. Others tell us that fulfillment is unavailable to poor persons, because they have to struggle so much for mere survival. Miles of copy have [...]

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