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Empty Your Cup!

If anyone wants to be first, he must make himself 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

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A little boy named Torre was looking through a box of his things that his grandmother had saved. He came upon a little blue plastic wristband. "What's this?" he asked. "That's what they put on your wrist in the hospital when you were born" grandmother replied...

"Why is it blue?" Torre asked. "Because you're a boy. It's blue for boys and pink for girls."

"Oh, so God's up in the sky and the sky is blue. Is God a boy?"

We delight in the sheer innocence of a child's curiosity about God:

. . . Is God a boy? . . . Does God know all about stuff before it's invented? . . . How did God know He was God? . . . Is God tougher than Superman?

We even delight in the unique sense of awe and wonder we experience at the sight of a child's unabashed, unafraid, uninhibited exploring and romping in the park.

Several years ago, singer Tony Bennett popularized a song entitled "This Is All I Ask." The lyrics express the delightful response of a mature adult to a group of children happily at play. Perhaps you remember this familiar line:

Children everywhere...Take me to that strange, enchanted land grownups seldom understand...

When we feel this special oneness with these little marvels of God's creation, we're getting a kind of revelation. And the message is, that if true peace of mind and heart and soul is to be the crowning glory of our life, we must revert to childlike innocence.

We read in Matthew's Gospel that the disciples once came to Jesus and asked, "Who is the greatest in the Kingdom of Heaven?" Jesus answered by calling a little child to Him. Then He set the child in front of the disciples and said,

I tell you solemnly, unless you change and become like little children, you will never enter the Kingdom of Heaven. And so, the one who makes himself as little as this little child is the greatest in the Kingdom of Heaven (Mt. 18:1-4).

To be in the Kingdom of Heaven is [...]

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