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The Eternal Question

Master, what must I do to gain eternal life?
Luke 10:25-37

Sermon Topic Eternal Life

Sermon Week Fifteenth Sunday in Ordinary Time Cycle C

Scripture Summary Luke 10:25


World-renowned poet and playwright, Archibald MacLeish, once was invited to participate in a special worship service at Harvard University's Memorial Church. He was to lead the students in "Morning Prayer." MacLeish refused, on the ground that his religious skepticism made him unfit for the assignment. A few hours later, he changed his mind. He accepted the invitation. "I'H do it," he said, "but one thing must be clear. I'm not at all convinced that Christianity has all the answers we're looking for-but I do think it has the right questions."

We of the Faith are convinced, of course, that Christianity offers the ultimate solution to the riddle of life. But before we have a solution we must have a problem. We want answers because we have questions. In that sense, Archibald MacLeish's observation is profoundly true: Christianity "has the right questions."

Pulsating through our religious history are all the great questions. Our entire Religious Tradition evolves through a seeking, searching, questioning People. From Genesis through John, the Bible is the story of a People's quest for answers: Who made the world? Where did we come from? Why are we here? Whither are we going?

The Lord asked Cain,
"Where is your brother Abel?"
And Cain asked the Lord,
"Am I my brother's keeper?" (Gen.4:9).
"Why?" Moses asked His God,
"Why, O Lord, should Your wrath blaze
up against Your own People, whom You
brought out of the land of Egypt?" (Ex.32:11).
When he saw innocent people suffering, King David said,
"I am he that has sinned. I have done wickedly. These are the sheep, what have they done?" (2Kings 24:17).
"Why?" "Why?" "Why?" asks the Psalmist,
"Why O Lord do You stand aloof?" (Ps.10:1).
"Why must I go about in mourning with the enemy oppressing me?" (Ps.43:2).
"My God, My God, why have You forsaken me?" (Ps.22:2).
"I will speak from the bitterness of my soul," cried Job,
"Why... did you bring me forth from the womb?" (Job 10:18).
"Where ... is my hope? ... Shall we go down together into the dust?" (Job 17:15,16).

On into the New Testament [...]

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