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Servants Of The Lord

And who is my neighbor?
Luke 10:25-37

Sermon Topic Good Samaritan

Sermon Week Fifteenth Sunday in Ordinary Time Cycle C

Scripture Summary Luke 10:29


One of the most serious charges that can be leveled at us is the claim that "Church People" are turned in on themselves. We Christians are vulnerable in the extreme to such a charge because the Gospel we preach is the Good News that God is a loving God who cares about His human creatures, and that we are a People of God dedicated to a ministry of loving service to others. To whatever extent the charge is true we must face it honestly and openly, because any aspect of self-centeredness in the Church's life is a flagrant denial of Our Lord's intention in founding it. Nothing could be more obvious.

The Lord Himself came as a Man for others. The one thing about Jesus the early disciples found most difficult to accept was that He came not to be ministered unto but to minister to. (They didn't accept it, really, until after the Resurrection.) When Jesus began to tell them that as the Messiah He was to be a servant--a Suffering Servant--that He was to suffer and die on behalf of others, the disciples were incredulous. Simon Peter, the Rock, the first to acknowledge Jesus as Messiah, said: "God forbid it; this is never going to happen to you!; I mean, you're the Lord, you're the Messiah, you're not a servant!" And the one thing that we now find most difficult to accept is that, from the beginning, Christ intended for His People to be a Servant People; that Christ intended for the Church to follow the course of His own ministry of service. This is nowhere more clearly revealed than in today's Gospel Lesson, the story of the Good Samaritan.

A conscientious young man who was getting ready to move to the "big city" wrote to the famous American preacher, Harry Emerson Fosdick, for advice. "Dr. Fosdick, can a young man live a Christian life in New York City on forty dollars a week?" he asked. Dr. Fosdick wrote back, "Young man, that's the only kind of life you can live in New York City on forty dollars [...]

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