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God Is Everything

A man may be wealthy, but his possessions do not guarantee him life
Luke 12:13-21

Sermon Topic Possessions

Sermon Week Eighteenth Sunday in Ordinary Time Cycle C

Scripture Summary Luke 12:15


God designed us and made us for a certain purpose, and He guaranteed that the product would work. In fact, He gave us a lifetime guarantee. God guarantees that our human potential will be realized, but there is an important condition. To fulfill the purpose for which God made us, we must keep God at the center of our lives. Jesus is telling us exactly that in today's Gospel text: "A man may be wealthy, but his possessions do not guarantee him life" (Lk.12:15). Mere possessions cannot bring us to fulfillment: not money and things, nor beauty and charm, nor power and prestige. Only the Source of Life can bring us to fulfillment. Only the Source of Life can guarantee it.

The great maestro, Arturo Toscanini, had just finished conducting his NBC Symphony Orchestra in a superior performance of Beethoven's glorious Ninth Symphony. As the concert ended, all eyes were on Toscanini. It was obvious to audience and musicians alike that this had been a magnificent musical event. The audience paid the maestro one of those rare tributes, remaining absolutely silent for a few moments, and then breaking out in thunderous applause. During the brief period of silence, Toscanini stood at the podium, motionless, his arms still extended above his head. Then he looked into the faces of his musicians and broke the silence with these words: "Who am I? Who are you? Toscanini is nothing! You are nothing! Beethoven is everything!" Toscanini knew that he and his musicians were possessed of the talents needed to achieve a spectacular performance of Beethoven's Ninth. But he also knew it took more than what they possessed. He knew that neither he nor the orchestra was the source of that music. He knew that the central figures in that concert were not Arturo Toscanini and the musicians. He knew that the central figure in that concert was the spirit of the music's source. Toscanini's role was to keep the spirit of Beethoven at the center of that performance in order to make that music live as the composer intended it to live. "I [...]

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