The following dramatic sketch can be used as a lead-in to a homily or sermon on the Sunday readings.
Sunday Readings: Cycle A, 6th Sunday in Ordinary Time
[In the opening scene, the main character, Fred, is sitting on an exam table (you can use a chair) talking to his doctor. The Doctor (wearing a white coat and stethoscope) just finished examining Fred and is giving his recommendations.]
Doctor: “Fred, you know we’ve gone over some of these
things before, but I want to make sure you really
Fred: “You can save your breath doc. I’ve heard it all
before. Don’t smoke, don’t drink, don’t eat stuff that
tastes good, and don’t have any fun.”
Doctor: “Fred, I think you’re missing the point. I’m not trying
to be a medical killjoy. I want you to feel good, to
have a good marriage and family life, and to be
able to do the things you enjoy, like playing golf.
Being healthy is more than NOT consuming toxic
substances like tobacco smoke and drugs, NOT
eating high calorie foods and trans-fats, and NOT
having relationships with women you’re not married to.
It’s eating healthy foods, exercising, and building
the right kind of relationships with your wife and your
Fred: “You doctors are always trying to tell us what to do.
You don’t control me, and I’m gonna do what I
Doctor: “Fred, your health is always your decision, not mine.
I just want to let you know that if you change your
mind, I’m here to help.”
Narrator: The worst comes to pass. Fred loses his job, gets
divorced, becomes estranged from his kids,
gets lung cancer, and now he’s in the hospital
dying after experiencing a massive heart attack.
[Scene: Fred is laying down and the Doctor is standing at his side.]
Fred: “I guess I should have listened to you, huh, doc?”
Doctor: “I didn’t come here to tell you ‘I told you so,” Fred.
I’m just sad to see how things turned out.”
Fred: “Yeah. You and me both.”
Doctor: “You can’t change the misery you caused, but you
still have one last chance to turn your life around.”
Fred: “What do you mean?”
Doctor: “God cares about you and loves you, even if
you’ve done it all wrong. Why don’t you turn to
him, ask his forgiveness, believe in Jesus as God’s
Son who loves you, and let him be your Lord and
Fred: “Isn’t that phony to act the way I did and then at the
last minute claim a ‘Get-Out-of-Jail-Free’ card?”
Doctor: “It’s only phony if you don’t mean it.”
Fred: “OK, doc. I’m a little late, but I think I’ll take your
advice this time.”
Doctor: “Fred, I am so glad. I’ll get Fr. [name of celebrant].
But first, let’s pray.”
[The scene closes with the doctor placing his hand on Fred’s shoulder and the two men bowing their heads in prayer.]
God’s commandments are not just prohibitions passed down from an oppressive God or by an anal-retentive religious tradition. They were given to us for our health and well-being. Just as a physician will give advice about what not to do, he also should tell you how to live better for your mental and physical health. That’s what Jesus did during his Sermon on the Mount. Most people will readily accept the advice of a physician and yet are resistant to what Jesus tells us. It’s not the wisdom of this age, but it’s God’s wisdom, which is a wisdom that gives Life in abundance.