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Near To The Heart Of God

And He said to them, 'Come away by yourselves to a lonely place, and rest a while'
Mark 6:30-34

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Sermon Week Sixteenth Sunday in Ordinary Time Cycle B

Scripture Summary Mark 6:31

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Patti and Scott were expecting a child soon. The parents-to-be invited another couple--Bart and Rita--to see their new nursery...

In the corner stood a big, cardboard box, containing a new crib that Scott hadn't had time to assemble yet. "Get some tools and we'll put this thing together," Bart volunteered. The eight-page instruction booklet on how to assemble the crib was typed single-space--complete with asterisks, footnotes and diagrams of "figures one through eleven." But the instructions proved more confusing than clarifying, so they were tossed aside and the two couples plunged into the assembly-work guided only by their own logic.

Forty-five minutes later, the crib was put together--well, almost. "I think the teething rails go on top," Patti said. Bart and Scott righted that situation by removing and repositioning the side panels. Then Rita discovered that the leftover part, still in the box, was really a catch that allowed one of the crib's sides to be moved up and down.

Finally, when it all came together, Bart looked at the finished product and said, a little sadly, "I feel a bit sorry for the child who is coming into a world so complex that it takes twice as many people to assemble a crib as it does to produce a baby."1

There's no doubt about it, today's children come into a complex hustle-bustle, fiercely competitive, hypertensive world. And in the hoopla of "keeping up," and "staying sharp," it often seems that the only things we've sharpened are the raw edges of our nerves.

The story is told of two climbers, Jim and Tom, who had just reached the top of a steep cliff when Jim fell and landed fifty feet below on a narrow ledge. Horrified, Tom yelled down, "Jim, are you okay?" To which Jim yelled back, "I'm alive, but both my arms are broken." "Don't worry, I'll get a rope down to you and pull you up." Tom said. Tom then tossed the rope down to Jim and began pulling him up to safety. Suddenly, Tom remembered Jim had broken both his arms. "If your arms are broken, [...]

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