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What Makes Life Worthwhile?

Whoever does not bear his own cross and come after Me, cannot be My disciple ... whoever of you does not renounce all that he has cannot be My disciple
Luke 14:25-33

Sermon Topic Discipleship

Sermon Week Twenty-Third Sunday in Ordinary Time Cycle C

Scripture Summary Luke 14:27,33

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In a moving scene from "The River," Jean Renoir's beautiful film of India, a crippled American soldier is outraged over the cross he has been given to bear. In his anguish, he asks a Hindu woman if there is anything he can do to make life worthwhile. She replies in a single word: "Consent!" In other words, "Be!"

That is what Jesus is telling us in today's Gospel Lesson: "Whoever does not bear his own cross and come after Me, cannot be My disciple ... whoever of you does not renounce all that he has cannot be My disciple" (Lk. 14:27,33). If you want to be the uniquely beautiful person God made you to be, then renounce your ego-centered, cold, fear-driven, achievement-oriented, undistinguished self and follow Me, Jesus is telling us. If you want to make your life worthwhile, take up your cross and follow me, Jesus is telling us.

When we turn our attention to the Gospel of Luke, we can understand why the French scholar, Ernst Renan, described it as "the most beautiful book in the world." It is beautiful not only because of Luke's literary style which is outstanding, but even more because of the story that is told. The Gospel of Luke is essentially a love story. As you move into the love story, you discover that you are the one who is loved. And, God, the Holy God, is the great Lover. Beginning with the nativity narratives, Luke is telling you that God is coming in this little Child to reveal His Love for you. Then as you move into the ministry of Jesus, the centerpiece is the story of the "Prodigal Son" which is all about how much the Father loves you and is waiting for you to come home. Or if you are al-ready home, He is waiting for you to appreciate your life with Him. This same basic theme runs right through to the crucifixion. As the familiar events of the passion story unfold one-by-one, you understand that God is acting in this way in order to show you how much He [...]

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