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Draw Near In Faith

Mary has chosen the better portion
Luke 10:38-42

Sermon Topic Faith

Sermon Week Sixteenth Sunday in Ordinary Time Cycle C

Scripture Summary Luke 10:42


A woman was driving home from an optometrist's office wearing contact lenses for the first time. As she tried to adjust her eyes to the new lenses, she drove through a red light. Whereupon a policeman ordered her to "pull over." The officer asked to see her driver's license. "Aha," he said, "your license says that you must wear eyeglasses while driving. Where are your eyeglasses?" The woman said, "I have contacts." To which the policeman firmly replied, "Lady, I don't care who your connections are, I'm still giving you a ticket."

The story, of course, involves a play on words. If we carry it a step further we can say that in order to see most clearly where we are going in life we need contacts.

In the early days of World War II, King George of England delivered a radio address to the world in which he recited a few lines of poetry:

And I said to a man who stood at the gate of the year: "Give me a light, that I may tread safely into the unknown."

And he replied: "Go out into the darkness and put your hand into the hand of God. That shall be to you better than light and safer than the known way.

In other words, walk by faith and not by sight. Put yourself in contact with the Divine Mind and the Divine Will -- the great unknown.

If you put your trust in your connections with the known, which is always in the past, each new day will be like the one before; more of the same. But if you "put your hand into the hand of the Infinite God," you will discover the meaning of His promise, "Behold, I make all things new" (Rev. 21:5). As the Apostle Paul has written:

If any one is in Christ, he is a new creation; The old has passed away, behold, the new has come (1 Cor. 5:17).

And again,

Put off your old nature which belongs to your former manner of life ... and be renewed in the spirit of [...]

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