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The Ugly Poor

Everyone who exalts himself shall be humbled while he who humbles himself shall be exalted
Luke 18:9-14

Sermon Topic Humility

Sermon Week Thirtieth Sunday in Ordinary Time Cycle C

Scripture Summary Luke 18:14


"He had given so much! He had done so much! Nobody understood and, as far as we can tell, He died utterly forlorn, utterly alone, utterly humiliated." These are the words of a man who was talking to his pastor about Jesus' crucifixion, and they seem to express the way the disciples were feeling on the morning after Good Friday. They had left everything to be with Jesus-their families, their jobs, their businesses-because they had experienced the presence of God through Jesus in a decisive and powerful way. They had been filled with hope in Jesus as the Messiah who would exalt them as a People and as a nation and, suddenly, it was over. The Master had been humbled beyond belief, and they were physically, emotionally and spiritually wiped out. Because Jesus had been killed, the powers of evil seemed to have risen to preeminence, contrary to everything Jesus had been saying about how the just would prevail ultimately. Those words Jesus had spoken about "the man who exalted himself being humbled and the man who humbled himself being exalted" must certainly have been remembered as among the most ironic of all. It had all sounded so good. But it didn't work!

And then came the dawn of the first Easter! Can you begin to feel what they must have felt? To go to the tomb and find it empty and, as the day progressed, to experience Jesus' living presence again! But that was only the beginning of it. They soon began to feel wider implications of what was happening. It was not only that Jesus was alive again, but also that the things He had told them about the Resurrection Power of God were true. Jesus had won the victory over death as He said He would. Out of death had come Resurrection! Jesus, who had humbled Himself so pitifully on the Cross, now was exalted! And that awareness of God's Resurrection Power spilled over from them into the next generation and the next and the next... until here we are today. Here we are being told by [...]

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