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He's Only . . .

Any man who gives you a drink of water because you belong to Christ will not, I assure you, go without his reward
Mark 9:38-43, 45, 47-48

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Sermon Week Twenty-Sixth Sunday in Ordinary Time Cycle B

Scripture Summary Mark 9:41


A school superintendent and an elementary school principal were conducting a review of an eighth grade teacher's work. As they entered the classroom through the back door, they heard the teacher say to the tallest boy in the class, "Otto, would you please raise the window?" When Otto had raised the window, the teacher said in a voice all could hear, "I don't know what I would do without Otto. He is the only one who can raise that window for me." After they had left the classroom, the principal said to the superintendent, "I hope you noticed what a beautiful and sensitive thing that teacher did for the boy named Otto. Otto is large for his age-and very awkward. He is slow to learn and desperately needs encouragement. You see, the window really didn't need raising. But Otto needed to raise the window. He needed recognition. And the teacher, bless her, was responding to this need." A very simple act, a small act of kindness, yet very important to us, because before this week is over we will have dozens of similar opportunities to be sensitive to another's need: opportunities to care; opportunities to give that "drink of water" in Jesus' Name, as we are urged to do in today's Scripture Lesson.

"See how those Christians love one another," was the startled cry of those who witnessed the development of the Early Church. Christianity is the religion of love. Like those early Christians, we are members of the Community of Love. Like those early Christians we are missioned not only to love one another within the Community but also to love the whole world. Because the early Christians did just that, it was said of them, "They have turned the world upside down!" To this very day, the phrase, "He or she is a real Christian" is commonly used to describe an unusually compassionate and self-giving kind of person. In countless, ever-different ways we are asked to give that "drink of water" in Jesus' Name. Consequently, being a real Christian is the most creative life a human being can [...]

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