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The Greatest Of Teachers

**... better thrown into the sea with a millstone round his neck** (Mark 9:42).
Numbers 11:25-29; Psalms 19:8,10,12-14; James 5:1-6; Mark 9:39-43,45,47-48

Sermon Topic Obstacles

Sermon Week Twenty-Sixth Sunday in Ordinary Time Cycle B

Scripture Summary Matthew 21:43


There is a Peanuts cartoon in which Little Lucy asks, "You know what your trouble is Charlie Brown?" Then she answers her own question: "The whole trouble with you is you don't understand the meaning of life!" Whereupon, Charlie Brown looks straight at Lucy and asks, "Do you understand the meaning of life?" Lucy answers, "We're not talking about me, we're talking about you."

In today's Gospel Lesson, as in all Gospel Lessons, we receive glimpses, large and small, into the meaning of life. And through His life and teachings about who we are and what we ought to do about it, Jesus is talking about you and me, and about our God-given responsibility to deliver the Message of our Master Teacher. We are His surrogate teachers -- all of us!

Most of us Christian adults would agree that children should be given every opportunity to grow and develop in harmony with the Gospel Truth about the meaning of their lives. But in order to educate them in this way, our ongoing need is to educate ourselves --so as to become better and better living examples for our children of how to live in accordance with life's true meaning and purpose.

To say good words, to give wise advice to a child has little or no effect if one does not show, by living example, the truth of what one teaches. Sincerity ... honesty ... selflessness ... patience ... genuine caring, are taught infinitely better by example than by lofty words.

Moms and Dads, if you want your children to grow up to love God and trust in God; if you want your children to love you and believe in you; if you want your children to love themselves, and believe in themselves, first you must communicate these feelings to them as your own. In the words of one loving father ...

"When you tuck them into bed, be sure to tell them that you love them just for being themselves. Say to them, 'I'M really the luckiest father (mother) in the world to have such marvelous children. I love you not because of your [...]

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