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Sermon Week Fifteenth Sunday in Ordinary Time Cycle B

Scripture Summary Mark 6:8


A little girl named "Nancy" is the featured character in the syndicated comic strip of the same name. In one of the strips, Nancy has one hand on her hip and the other pointing skyward as she says defiantly:

Things will be different when I'm an adult. When I have kids of my own, I'm going to let them do whatever they want, whenever they want.

She folds her arms, and thinks it over. Then, in the final panel, with a self-satisfied look on her face, she says:

As long as they do it my way.

Nice try, Nancy, but let's hope that when you are an adult and have kids of your own, you'll let them do whatever they want, whenever they want, as long as they do it God's way. Let's hope that, in the Apostle Paul's words, they'll "love each other with brotherly affection" and "serve the Lord enthusiastically" and "contribute to each other's needs" and "overcome evil with good" (Rom. 12:10,13,21)

In a rare moment of remarkable religious insight, the "Wall Street Journal" ran a full-page treatment which sounded very much like a modern-day application of St. Paul. "How important are you?" the article began...

More Than you think. A rooster minus a hen equals no baby chicks.

Kellogg minus a farmer equals no corn flakes

If the nail factory closes what good is the hammer factory?

Paderewski's genius wouldn't have amounted to much if the piano tuner hadn't show up.

A cracker-maker will do better if there's a cheese maker.

The most skillful surgeon needs the ambulance driver who delivers the patient.

Just as Rodgers needed Hammerstein you need someone and someone needs you.

"Since none of us is a whole, independent, self-sufficient, super-capable, all-powerful hotshot, let's quit acting like we are. Life's lonely enough without playing that silly game. Let's link up! Who needs your help today? Who needs Your understanding, your encouragement, your acceptance, maybe even some of your money?"1

The episode in today's Gospel Lesson occurs at a point in Jesus' public ministry when the Apostles have been with Him for some [...]

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