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Luke 21:36
Jeremiah 33:14-16; Psalms 25:4-5,8-9,10,14; I Thessalonians 3:12-4:2; Luke 21:25-28,34-36

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First Sunday of Advent, C

ìI found the road to success no easy matter,î said a modern business executive to an interviewer …

ìI started out at the bottom,î he explained. ìI worked fourteen hours a day, I sweated, I fought, I maneuvered, I schemed, I took abuse. I did things others might not approve of. But I kept on climbing the ladder.

ìAnd now, of course, you are a success?î prompted the interviewer. ìNo, I wouldnít say that,î replied the business executive. ìJust quote me as saying, ëthat Iíve become expert at climbing ladders.íî

Another executive, C.E.O. of a large corporation decided to take stock of his life by participating in a week-long spiritual retreat. At the closing session, each of the retreatants was asked to say a few words. When the Chief Executive Officerís turn came, he rose and told of his long struggle to be a success …

He also told of long hours, tough competition, burning ambition, little time for his family. He enumerated the many…

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