Promises, Promises

**... for He has anointed Me ... to set the downtrodden free** (Luke 4:18).

Luke 4:18
Nehemiah 8:2-6,8-10; Psalms 19:8-10,15; I Corinthians 12:12-30; Luke 1:1-4,4:14-21

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In a parish raffle to end all parish raffles, the first prize was a Rolls Royce, second prize a Mercedes, third prize a Jaguar, and fourth prize a Lincoln Continental. After the raffle had ended, a parishioner asked the pastor about the results:

“Who won the Rolls Royce?”
“The Bishop. Wasn’t he lucky?”

“Who won the Mercedes?”
“The Monsignor. Wasn’t he lucky?”

“Who won the Jaguar?”
“My Assistant Pastor. Wasn’t he lucky?”

“Who won the Lincoln Continental?”
“The Parish Deacon. Wasn’t he lucky?”

“By the way, how many raffle tickets did you buy?” asked the pastor.

“I didn’t buy any,” said the parishioner, “wasn’t I lucky?”

“Taking a Chance on Love” was the title of a very popular song back in the nineteen forties. As the title suggests, when someone falls in love with another person, there is always the chance that his or her love will not be returned in kind, always the chance of rejection, always the chance of…

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