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Twenty-fifth Sunday in Ordinary Time, Year B

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Lectionary: 134
Read: Mark 9:30-37

Gospel Summary
Jesus continued to try to help the disciples understand what was in store for him, but they couldn’t see it. As a matter of fact, so great was their misunderstanding that they argued among themselves about who would be first in this kingdom of Jesus. Patiently, Jesus tried again to explain. Gathering in a small child, he told the disciples that anyone entering the Kingdom of God must enter it as a child. Children in the time of Jesus had no identity, no legal rights, and were basically “non-people.” In order to be first in the Kingdom Jesus promised, the disciples (and all who follow them) must be as unimportant as a child in the eyes of society.

Reflection for Families
It may be difficult for parents of our time to think of children as “non-persons.” They are probably the most important people in our lives! Parents in ancient times loved their children just as parents do today. While children in our time are protected by many laws, still very few children carry any authority or power in our culture. So the difference is not in children and parents of two different times, rather the point is how children are unencumbered by status. Their love for God is fresh and uncomplicated. This is a quality in children we should consciously observe and emulate.

Bringing the Gospel into Your Family
The gospel message is clear. We need to be of service to one another in order to be true followers of Christ. In an effort not to put ourselves first, look through your parish bulletin as a family over the next few weeks. See where you can serve other people in your community. Even if you choose an opportunity where everyone can’t physically attend, allow other family members to support the service in prayer or maybe sending a note or card to those being served.

Discussion Starters

  1. The people who I think are truly great in this world include… This follows (or doesn’t follow) today’s gospel because…
  2. One way that I act as God’s servant is by…
  3. Sometimes jealousy causes problems for me when…

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