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Daddy's Tune

Who do you say that I am?
Luke 9:18-24

Sermon Topic Roots

Sermon Week Twelfth Sunday in Ordinary Time Cycle C

Scripture Summary Luke 9:20


Daddy what was I supposed to do?
I don't know why it was so hard to
talk to you.
I guess my anger pulled me through
But Daddy I want to let you
know somehow,
the things you said are so
much clearer now.
And I would turn the pages back,
but time will not allow.
The way these days just
rip along,
too fast to last, too vast, too strong.

These words are taken from "Daddy's Tune," by Jackson Browne, a contemporary songwriter who is listened to and respected by millions of young people. (In case some of you do not know, a "forty-five" is a small, unbreakable type record with a large hole, otherwise referred to as a "single" by today's young people. "Seventy-eights" are those nine-inch breakable records on which the popular music of the thirties and forties was recorded.) "Daddy's Tune" is a "generation gap" song with a twist. The garden variety "generation gap song speaks in one way or another of the young sprouts' need to be severed from their roots. "Daddy's Tune" is different. It speaks of the need to reconnect to their roots. Daddy, I want to get back in touch with my roots: "Make room for my forty-fives/Along beside your seventy-eights." That is beautiful!

Alex Halley, American descendant of Kunta Kinte of the Mandinka Tribe in Africa, has helped us understand the importance of our roots. He has done this through a runaway best-selling book ("Roots") and through an unprecedented, record-shattering television series that was watched by more people than any other program in television history. The story, "Roots," has become an instant classic. The mystery of heritage: Why is it important?

Why does the New Testament begin with a boring genealogy? Matthew breaks every rule of the good storyteller. He has the exciting, captivating, awe-inspiring, mysteriously beautiful story to tell us about the life of Jesus-"the greatest story ever told"-and instead of starting with something that will grab our attention, he constructs a long list of names that mean absolutely nothing to [...]

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