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You Can Depend On It

Whoever does not receive the Kingdom of God like a child shall not enter it.
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 10:15


Faith in God, some people believe, is for children only -- a phase of life you pass through and grow out of as you become more intellectually mature. The Bible, on the other hand, gives us a different view. It reveals to us a God who is Lord of the middle-aged, Lord of the elderly, Lord of infants, Lord of little girls and boys, Lord of adolescents -- Lord of all of life.

In today's Gospel Lesson, Jesus is speaking to all God's children: "Truly, I say to you, whoever does not receive the Kingdom of God like a child shall not enter it" (Mk. 10:15).

In another place, Jesus calls to Him a child and says to His disciples, "Truly I say to you, unless you turn and become like children, you will never enter the Kingdom o heaven. Whoever humbles himself like this child, he is the greatest in the Kingdom of Heaven." Jesus is talking about our response to life itself!

We can say, on the one hand, "Life is a sick joke. Life is a dirty trick. Life is a sentence imposed for the crime of being born."

On the other hand, we can say, "Life is precious. Life is an awesome gift. It does bring pain, heartache, separation and death, but we embrace it and live it in a spirit of hope -- hope in God's goodness; hope in God's fidelity; hope in God's promises; hope in the word we have received from God in Jesus Christ that our vision of eternal happiness is real; hope that we will be received in the Kingdom of God (which is the subject of Jesus' teaching in today's Gospel Lesson).

After a lecture by the late educator, Francis W. Parker, a woman asked: "how early can I begin the education of my child?" "When will your child be born?" Parker asked. The woman gasped, "Born? Why he's already five-years-old." To which the educator replied, "My goodness, woman, don't stand here talking to me! Hurry home! Already you've lost the best five years."

As adult guardians of our children's [...]

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