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Just A Short Trip

Let the children come to Me, do not hinder them, for to such belongs the Kingdom of God
Mark 10:2-16 or 10:2-12

Sermon Topic Children

Sermon Week Twenty-Seventh Sunday in Ordinary Time Cycle B

Scripture Summary Mark 10:14


A thirteen-year-old girl said to her mother, "I feel so nervous." Her mother replied, "What do you mean, 'nervous'?" "Well," said the child, "I feel in a hurry all over. It's like I'm not sure quite where I'm going, but I can't wait to get started."

Another little girl--a fifth-grader--kept doing mischievous things in class, in the halls, and out in the playground. Sometimes she was caught and reprimanded, sometimes not. But the time came when she'd been caught so much that she was sent to the principal's office. She sat there and smiled as the principal recited her misdeeds, then said, "Janice, do you have any idea why you behave this way?" Janice pondered the question for a moment, then replied, "I like to take the risk."

Whether one is seventy or seventeen or seven, there is in every human heart a great reservoir of child-like awe and wonder, of child-like zest for "What's next?", of child-like hope for the transformation of things-as-they-are into things-as-they-will-be, of child-like zeal for "taking the risk."

We read in the Gospel of Luke:

And suddenly there was with the angel a multitude of the heavenly host praising God and saying, "Glory to God in the highest" (Lk. 2:14).

A heart filled with child-like awe and wonder can rejoice in and echo that song of praise.

We read in First Corinthians:

Eye has not seen, ear has not heard, nor has it so much as dawned on man what God has prepared for those who love Him (I Cor. 2:9).

A heart filled with the zestful, child-like spirit of "What's next?" can embrace and cherish that prophecy!

We read in the Gospel of Luke:

"The Lord has been raised! It is true!" (Lk. 24:34).

A heart that nurtures a child-like hope for the transformation of things-as-they-are into things-as-they-will-be can trust in the promise of Resurrection!

In that awe-stricken, enthusiastic, expectant spirit of youth, we assemble this day to celebrate our stake in God's Kingdom. We celebrate, because we know in our hearts that life's adventure is worth pursuing. We celebrate, because we know in [...]

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