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Bearing Our Cross With Jesus
Proper 17 | Ordinary Time 22

from the book
We Walk By Faith
Gospel Sermons For Sundays After Pentecost (Middle Third)

Richard E. Gribble, CSC


Matthew 16:21-28


 

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In contemporary society, where self-fulfillment, accomplishment, personal enrichment, and enjoyment are the goals sought by the majority, it seems inconceivable that people would willingly sacrifice, suffer, and be humiliated so that others would benefit. Yet, in the twentieth century alone there have been many people whose unselfish example and willingness to subjugate self for the needs of the whole have transformed individuals and nations.

The Gilded Age and Progressive Era were periods of massive immigration to the United States. Most immigrants initially found themselves in the urban squalor of an ethnic ghetto. New York's Hell's Kitchen was one such place. An environment of poverty, unsanitary living conditions, and a general sense of hopelessness was the common lot of thousands of immigrants who resided in the district. While most Americans either ignored or refused to listen to the cries of the immigrant masses, there was one man who heard their pleas and acted to change the social order. Walter Rauschenbusch was a ...

This Proper 17 | Ordinary Time 22 sermon, Bearing Our Cross With Jesus, is based on Matthew 16:21-28 and relates to Proper 17 | Ordinary Time 22 of Cycle A of the lectionary. This sermon is excerpted from the book We Walk By Faith . SermonSuite offers online sermons and professionally published sermons, lectionary sermons, non-lectionary sermons, children's sermons, sermon illustrations, worship resources, preaching resources, sermons on prayer, prayers, Christian drama, lectionary worship, lectionary workbooks and homilies. ...

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