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Twenty-fifth Sunday in Ordinary Time, Year B

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Lectionary: 134B
Read: Mark 9:30-37

Gospel Summary
Jesus continued to try to help the disciples understand what was in store for him, but they did not understand what he was saying. They discussed among themselves who was the greatest. Placing a child in their midst, Jesus told the disciples that whoever receives a child in his name receives him.

Reflection for Parents
When Jesus speaks of receiving a child in his name, he is speaking of receiving those whom society sees as unimportant, those with no legal rights, and those with no identity. He is speaking of receiving the powerless and the vulnerable. Today, think about what you can do and are doing to help your children develop compassionate hearts for the poor, the vulnerable, and those in need. They learn best by watching and following your example. How are you showing them the way to love?

Bringing the Gospel Into Your Family
Together as a family, look through your parish bulletin or Web site for opportunities to serve children in need. Decide on an outreach opportunity to respond to as a family, make an action plan, and follow through on your plan.

Discussion Starters

  1. If I could ask Jesus one question today it would be…
  2. One of the greatest people I know is… because...
  3. One way I can serve others this week is…

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