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Worth The Risk!

**He then took a little child ... put His arms around him** (Mark 9:36).
Wisdom 2:12,17-20; Psalms 54:3-6,8; James 3:16-4:3; Mark 9:30-37

Sermon Topic Trust in God

Sermon Week Twenty-Fifth Sunday in Ordinary Time Cycle B

Scripture Summary Matthew 21:31


A Church newsletter included this essay by an eight-year-old boy. His third grade Sunday School teacher had asked her students to write about what "God's jobs" are ...

One of God's main jobs is making people. He makes these to put in the place of the ones that die so there will be enough people to take care of things here on earth. He doesn't make grownups, just babies, I think because they are smaller and easier to make. That way He doesn't have to take up His valuable time teaching them to talk and walk. He can just leave that up to the mothers and fathers. I think it works out pretty good.

God's second most important job is listening to prayers. An awful lot of this goes on, because some people pray other times besides bedtime, and Grandpa and Grandma pray every time they eat (except for snacks). God doesn't have to listen to the radio or TV, because God hears everything, not only prayers. There must be a lot of noise going on in his ears unless he thought of a way to turn it off. I think we should all be a little quieter.

God sees everything, God hears everything, God is everywhere.

Whatever I do, God sees. Whatever I say, God hears. Wherever I go, God is there. He likes me a lot!

In today's Gospel Lesson, Mark tells us that Jesus took a little child, put His arms around him and said, "Anyone who welcomes one of these little children in My Name, welcomes Me" (Mk. 9:36-37). And it is easy for us to imagine Jesus putting His arms around the little essayist who wonderfully revealed his childlike trust in God's Loving Presence in every aspect of his life.

The childlike characteristic that permeated Jesus' whole being was trust. Everything He did, His total life-style, was based on the childlike confidence and trust He placed in His Father: "Father, everything is possible to You," He prayed in the Garden of Gethsemane on the eve of His execution, "Take this cup away from Me. But let it be as You, [...]

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