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Contagious Enthusiasm

**It is Mary who has chosen the better part** (Luke 10:22).
Genesis 18:1-10; Psalms 15:2-5; Colassians 1:24-28; Luke 10:38-42

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Sermon Week Sixteenth Sunday in Ordinary Time Cycle C

Scripture Summary Luke 10:22


A nervous young man was about to set forth on his first date ...

Fearful that he would falter in making conversation with the young lady, he sought the advice of a teacher he regarded as "all knowing." The teacher suggested that if he couldn't think of anything to say, he should resort to three categories, in the following order: food, family, and philosophy. The young man was not with his date very long before he became tongue-tied. Then he remembered his teacher's counsel. "Food!" he said to himself, and asked the young lady, "How do you like your popcorn, buttered or unbuttered." "I hate popcorn," she replied curtly. Then the young man thought of "family," the second category. "How's your sister?" he inquired. "I don't have a sister," she answered flatly. Desperate now, the young man thought of "philosophy," the third and last resort. "If you did have a sister," he asked, "how do you think she'd like her popcorn?" "Take me home!" the girl replied.

The youth's reliance on his teacher as a source of infinite knowledge was somewhat shaken that day.

What do we expect of the "ideal teacher?" A leading educator,1 once set down five major qualifications for a good teacher:

1. A good teacher must have contagious enthusiasm for the subject being taught.
2. A good teacher must regard teaching as a joy.
3. A good teacher must have a passionate interest in students and their development.
4. A good teacher must know enough about the subject being taught to stimulate the students to great effort.
5. A good teacher must possess the teaching skills necessary to relate successfully to the students.

The four Gospels portray Jesus at work in many capacities. He heals; He comforts; He fishes with the Apostles; He prepares dinner for the crowds and breakfast for the Apostles; He casts out demons; He reads the Scriptures at synagogue services; He carries a Cross.

The Gospels also describe Jesus' engagement in many non-working capacities, such as visiting friends, dining out, attending a wedding reception, spending time with little children, taking a boat ride. But whether He is at work or at [...]

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