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Coming Up Empty?

Good Teacher, what must I do to inherit eternal life?
Mark 10:17-30 or 10:17-27

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Sermon Week Twenty-Eighth Sunday in Ordinary Time Cycle B

Scripture Summary Mark 10:17


Do you remember the fairy tale, "The Sleeping Beauty."

There is to be a royal wedding. The wicked witch is not invited. Angry over the snub, she puts a curse on the bride and groom (a prince and princess). According to the curse, they will have a daughter, and when she reaches age eighteen, she will prick her finger on a weaving spindle and she will die. The prince and princess manage to have the curse modified. Their daughter will not die when she pricks her finger on a weaving spindle, but she will fall into a deep sleep for one hundred years, or until she is brought back to life by the kiss of a young and handsome, certified prince, whichever comes first. Moreover, they take the precaution of banning all weaving spindles from the kingdom. Well, the child is born, and on her eighteenth birthday she decides to explore all the far corners of the castle. The tour takes her to a remote tower where an old woman is spinning and weaving. The birthday girl asks the old woman if she can try it. Whereupon, she pricks her finger on the spindle and falls into a deep sleep. Many years pass, during which time the castle becomes run down and is eventually abandoned. Only the "Sleeping Beauty" remains. Then it happens! A young and handsome prince stumbles upon the old castle and discovers the Sleeping Beauty. Captivated by her beautiful countenance, he kisses her and, lo and behold, she awakens! And the two go forth to live happily ever after.1

A distinguished preacher has observed that the story of "The Sleeping Beauty" has a lot in common with many real-life stories that go something like this:

...People reach early adulthood.
...They have everything going for them.
...But, as though on cue, they grab onto something called "conformity" and it "puts them to sleep," so to speak.
...At the very point where their possibilities for embracing and celebrating life creatively are endless, they close down.

"The Sleeping Beauty" story describes this scenario as some kind of curse. And that's [...]

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