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Right For The Part

If any one of you would be first, he must be last of all and servant of all
Mark 9:30-37

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Sermon Week Twenty-Fifth Sunday in Ordinary Time Cycle B

Scripture Summary Mark 9:35


In one of the "Peanuts" Comic Strips, Charlie Brown worries about his chronic, lifelong sense of low self-esteem. He says to Linus, "It goes all the way back to the beginning. The moment I was born and stepped on the stage of history, they took one look at me and said, 'Not right for the part!'" Unfortunately, many of us can identify with Charlie Brown's anxiety. We forget that God looks at us and says, "You are right for the part. And no one else is right for the part. You are unique. You are special. You are you, and no one else can fill that role. And I love the you I have created -- in My own image!"

Something marvelously significant and meaningful begins to happen to our self-esteem when we tune into this reality about ourselves. By the Grace of God, we begin to feel good about ourselves. We begin to feel worthwhile. We begin to value our life in a whole new way. We begin to feel a whole new sense of purpose for our life. With dignity and integrity we begin to say, "I alone am right for the part. In God's Grand Design I am irreplaceable. In His wisdom and with His love, God has given me a special role to perform through all eternity."

In the Book of Genesis, the sacred author describes the all-powerful creative activity of God. The story builds to a glorious peak in the creation of mankind. God then bestows upon His human family a level of dignity that identifies it as the crowning glory of his creation, saying, "Let us make man in Our image, after Our likeness; and let them have dominion over the fish of the sea, and the birds of the air, and over the cattle, and over all the earth, and over every creeping thing that creeps upon the earth." God created man in His own image -- male and female -- and God blessed them and God said to them, "Be fruitful and multiply, and fill the earth and subdue it ..." (Gen. [...]

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