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Free At Last

Truly, I say to you, whoever does not receive the Kingdom of God like a child shall not enter it
Mark 10:2-16 or 10:2-12

Sermon Topic Childlike Trust

Sermon Week Twenty-Seventh Sunday in Ordinary Time Cycle B

Scripture Summary Mark 10:15


There is the wonderful story of a group of loyal Churchwomen who were going to a pilgrimage by boat. A great storm arose, capsizing the ship, and everyone on board was drowned. The group was greeted at the pearly gates by St. Peter who said, "I'm sorry, ladies, but heaven is filled to capacity. You will have to wait below until our new wing is completed." There was a loud chorus of disappointment. Then, as the women began to murmur among themselves about the unfairness of it all, one of them said, "Let's be reasonable. Let us remember the Lord's Prayer we said so often together: 'Thy Will be done!' All our adult lives we've been trusting in God's Will. This may be the final test." So the women were ushered into hell. Three weeks later, an angry Satan called St. Peter and demanded that the women be taken up to Heaven. "But we still have housing problems," Peter explained. Satan roared, "That's nothing compared to the problems they are creating down here. What with their rummage sales, bake sales and bazaars, they are only fifty dollars short of air-conditioning this place."

"Thy Will be done" is not only the heart of the Lord's Prayer, it is also the very center of religion. To help deepen your understanding of "Thy Will be done," picture yourself for a few moments under the bright Mediterranean sun, shining out of a clear blue sky. You walk into a little garden through an iron gate. There are flowers all around, but you don't notice them at first because your eyes center on the trees in the garden. They are olive trees and they are very old. If you should walk up to one of the trees and try to embrace it, your arms would not reach half way around. (Experts tell us that many of these trees were growing there two thousand years ago.) The leaves of the trees are silver at the top and green at the bottom. The slightest breeze sets the trees to life and there is a shimmering effect that [...]

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