A World of Difference

She treasured all these things and pondered them in her heart

Luke 2:19
Numbers 6:22-27; Psalms 67:2-3,5-6,8; Galatians 4:4-7; Luke 2:16-21

Sermon Week/Year

Octave of Christmas, C

At the beginning of a each new year, the great American author Ernest Hemingway made it his practice to give away some of his prized possessions. He explained he did so to prove that he owned them, and that if he wasn’t able to give them away, then they owned him. Hemingway regretted that “we spend so much time on things that cannot feel and cannot love, instead of lavishing our care on people, who can feel our affection and return our love.”

The great Christian author and theologian C.S. Lewis loved books. Someone once asked him if there would be books in heaven. He replied that the only books in our heavenly libraries would be the ones we had given to others. Like Hemingway, Lewis explained that “Nothing that you have not given away will ever really be yours.”

Our Lord believed this to be true not only of things we possess in life, but of life itself. It was He who…

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