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there are those now last who will be first, and those now first who will be last

Luke 13:30
Isaiah 66:18-21; Psalms 117:1-2; Hebrews 12:5-7,11-13; Luke 13:22-30

With the recent passing of the great champion, Muhammad Ali, this true story from the boxer’s life is a timely reminder of our message in today’s Gospel Lesson.

Three times he was the heavyweight champion of the world, gracing the cover of Sports Illustrated some 28 times. He was king of his profession. In his own words, he could “float like a butterfly and sting like a bee.” An entourage of reporters, trainers and support staff trailed him as he raced around the world. He had power, he had worldly status, he had riches. But what was the great champion doing in retirement? In 1988, just four years after Ali was diagnosed with Parkinson’s syndrome, sportswriter Gary Smith went to…

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