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Don't Be A 'mickey Mouse'

When you pray, say: 'Father' ... the heavenly Father will give the Holy Spirit to those who ask Him
Luke 11:1-13

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Sermon Week Seventeenth Sunday in Ordinary Time Cycle C

Scripture Summary Luke 11:2,13


Today's Institutions seem to be constantly conspiring to cut us down to size, diminish our individual significance. Whatever your particular role may be-teacher, business person, manual laborer, public servant-you can feel it. Even in the role of customer, you can feel it, as psychologist Erich Fromm has observed. He says,

A drastic change has occurred in the role of customer in the last decades. The customer who went into a retail store owned by an independent businessman was sure to get personal attention; his individual purchase was important to the owner of the store; he was received like somebody who mattered; his wishes were studied; the very act of buying gave him a feeling of importance and dignity. How different is the relationship of a customer to a department store. He is impressed by the vastness of the building, the number of employees, the profusion of commodities displayed; all this makes him feel small and unimportant by comparison. As an individual he is of no importance to the department store. He is important as a "customer." The store does not want to lose him because this would indicate that there was something wrong and it might mean that the store might lose other "customers" for the same reason. As an abstract customer he is important; as a concrete customer he is utterly unimportant. There is nobody who is glad about his coming, nobody who is particularly concerned about his wishes (or his feelings).

The position of isolation, insignificance and powerlessness which the individual finds himself in these times was long ago projected by philosophers and visionary writers. And it has been expressed with great accuracy in the works of the author, Franz Kafka. In his story, "The Castle," Kafka presents a haunting picture of a man who desperately attempts to make contact with the mysterious residents of a castle. He is convinced that they can tell him what his life is all about and what he ought to be doing with it. His entire life consists of a frantic effort to contact these mysterious people, but he fails. He is [...]

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