God Will Find You!
Sermon Topic Children
Sermon Week Twenty-Seventh Sunday in Ordinary Time
Scripture Summary Mark 10:14
Christine and Alex, an Irish couple, spent a good portion of their fifty years of marriage bickering. Mostly, they squabbled over minor matters, often good-naturedly. But whenever they argued, Christine would make it a point to have the last word. And her "last word" was always the same: "Mark my words, Alex, the day will come when I'll dance on your grave." As it happened, Alex died first, giving Christine the opportunity to fulfill her prophecy -- or so it seemed. Until the reading of Alex's Last Will and Testament, which ended as follows: "Dear Christine, how often you used to have the last word by telling me that you would dance on my grave. Consequently, I am making this one, final request: Christine, please bury me at sea!"
Parents and grandparents are fond of prefacing words of wisdom to their children or grandchildren with, "When I was your age ..." But what follows often indicates that they have forgotten that they grew up in an entirely different age.
... A father and his young son are watching TV together. "Dad," says the son, "tell me again what it was like when you were a kid and you had to walk across the room to change the channel."
... A father greatly desired to instill a love for music in his children. Consequently, he bought a magnificent grand piano and placed it in the large family room. The children were impressed, but as they proceeded to inspect it thoroughly, they seemed puzzled. Finally, one of them asked, "Dad, how do you plug it in?"
In the last four decades, the pace of change has quickened to the point where a whole new era has opened up to today's kids. If you're over sixty, television was not part of your childhood experience. Now, four-year-olds are growing up singing candy and beer commercials. And fifty percent or more of today's kids are growing-up trying to cope with a situation in which one or both parents have had the last word: DIVORCE!
In today's Gospel Lesson, the Pharisees again try to put Jesus in a tight [...]