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Ah, Youth!

People were bringing their little children to Him to have Him touch them, but the disciples were scolding them for this
Mark 10:2-16 or 10:2-12

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Sermon Week Twenty-Seventh Sunday in Ordinary Time Cycle B

Scripture Summary Mark 10:13


One of the difficult things about growing up is that we don't all do it at the same time. A little girl asks, "Daddy, where was I when you were a little boy?" The question prompts Dad to look in the direction of her twelve-year old brother and he recalls his own early adolescence. He decides that now is the time for the bold action. "Son," he says solemnly, "I think its time we had a little man-to-man talk. I would like to discuss some of the facts of life with you." To which the boy replies, "Sure Dad, what is it you want to know?"

Parents are fond of prefacing words of wisdom to their children with "When I was your age..." But what follows often indicates they forget that they were their children's age in a far different age. In the last three decades, the pace of change has quickened to the point that a new era is born in the short space of a generation. Whoever coined the phrase, "generation gap," was not engaged in idle fantasizing. If you are middle-aged or over, TV was not part of your adolescent experience. Today, our four-year-olds can be heard singing beer and deodorant commercials. When you reached driving age, two cars in one family was a first-rate status symbol. Today, two cars are generally regarded as a near necessity. When the tank was empty, you asked your father for a little cash. Today, your teenager borrows you credit card. Thirty years ago, "Children should be seen and not heard," was still a standard family cliche'. But who would dream of trying that one today? And whatever happened to the crew-cut?

Viewed in this manner, youth is a time of life conditioned by the times. But times change, now more rapidly than ever before, and so does the experience of youth.

In our Gospel Lesson, Jesus informs us that the Kingdom of God belongs to youth: "Let the children come to Me and do not hinder them. It is to just such as these that the Kingdom of God belongs" [...]

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