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Square Peg in a Round Hole

Saturday, August 4, 2012 — Pentecost 11 B — John 6:24-35

Have you ever seen small children play with a set of blocks? They manipulate the different shaped blocks trying to fit them into a board filled with different sized holes. They discover that a square peg will not fit in a round hold. Neither will a round peg fit in a square hole. The shape of each block determines into what shaped hole it will fit.

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Pot of Gold

Sunday, July 29, 2012 — Pentecost 9B — John 6:1-21

When I was a young man in college, we would ask, “Man, . . . how to you make your bread?” The “bread” we had in mind was not just the stuff you make with flour, yeast, salt and eat, or the money you earned in all those menial part-time jobs you hustled to pay for your books, your recreation and maybe even some of your tuition. We sensed that “bread” was something more than what would fill your stomach or pay your bills. “Bread” was everything we needed to sustain life in this world. Bread was everything from a full stomach to a fulfilling job, everything from someone to love to a reason to get out of bed in the morning. “Bread” was like the proverbial “pot of gold” at the end of the rainbow. The “pot of gold” made life worth living.

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Sunday, July 22, 2012 — Pentecost 8B — Mark 6:30-34, 3-56

We have filled our lives with so much work, soccer games, school activities, volunteer commitments and other assorted obligations that we have no time to rest. A recent study conducted by UCLA examined the lives of 32 middle class families in the Los Angeles area. The study was intended to take a detailed snapshot of the typical American family in the early 21st century. One of the researchers was disappointed with the results. She said that the American family is so consumed with working, collecting, accumulating and “getting ahead” that they actually spend very little time together enjoying the fruits of their labors. 50 of 64 parents in their study never stepped outside their homes in the course of a week. When they gave tours of their house, they would say, ‘Here’s the backyard. I don’t have time to go there.’ They were working a lot at home. Leisure time was spent in front of the TV or the computer.

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The Rear-View Mirror or the Windshield?

Sunday, July 15, 2012 — Pentecost 7B — Mark 6:14-29

Recently I was driving down 96th Street, when I suddenly hit something. I heard a loud thump. What was that? I looked up in the rear view mirror and saw a brown and white cat go limping off the road. I felt terrible. What had I done? That cat was probably some child’s pet. I stared in the rear view mirror as I saw it crawl along the roadside. Should I go back and help it? I watched it’s movements in the rear view mirror get slower and slower. Suddenly I heard a horn sound. I looked up through the windshield and saw that I had drifted off into the left lane with another car headed straight for me. I slammed on the brakes, jerked the wheel to the right and just missed colliding with the oncoming car. Whew! That was scary. What did I think I was doing? You can’t drive a car by looking through the rear view mirror. You drive a car by looking through the windshield.

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Who Moved My Cheese?

Sunday, June 24, 2012 — Nativity of St. John The Baptist — Luke 1:57-67

In 1998 Spencer Johnson publish his amazingly popular book “Who Moved My Cheese.” It remained a bestseller for over 5 years. People still quote it. The book is a playful little parable on change, involving two mice and two “little people” and their hunt for cheese. “Who Moved my Cheese” shows us that change is constant. However, we are afraid to change and find all kinds of reasons not to change. Failing to change in a world of constant change is choosing to die.The book has been a favorite of business leaders for teaching their organizations about change. It reveals that most of us instinctively resist change. It is easy to get comfortable and settled in our routines. However, if your business does not change, you will die.

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