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Finding Unity Through Christ
Proper 13 | Ordinary Time 18

from the book
Sermons on the Second Readings
Series II, Cycle B

Richard E. Gribble, CSC

Ephesians 4:1-16


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Nature is filled with examples of how the world functions better when things come together and act as one. Ancient philosophers understood this need for unity quite well. In their efforts to explain the world that they observed, they postulated, without the advantage of modern science, that all things were composed of four basic elements: earth, water, air, and fire. Everything that existed was a measured combination of these four elements and could exist in no other way. Earth was the "stuff" of the object observed. Water was added to the stuff to form it into various objects, be it a rock, tree, or human being; air was what filled the stuff. Fire was the glue that solidified the earth, air, and water combination. All things existed as a combination where four became one.

Ancient civilizations also discovered, I am sure quite by accident, the value of alloy metals. Probably around some evening fire two dissimilar metals were melted, mixed, and ...

This Proper 13 | Ordinary Time 18 sermon, Finding Unity Through Christ, is based on Ephesians 4:1-16 and relates to Proper 13 | Ordinary Time 18 of Cycle B of the lectionary. This sermon is excerpted from the book Sermons on the Second Readings . 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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