October 1, 2006
Opening Life Reflection
We are all winners because God loves us and we belong to God's family. Jesus did not want anyone to feel left out. He tried hard to let children and adults know that they are precious to God.
Listening to the Word of God
Read Mark 9:38-43, 45, 47-48.
Scripture Discussion Starters
In the gospel today Jesus tells his disciples that they should let other people use his name to do good works. The disciples wanted to tell the person who was casting out demons to stop. But Jesus let his friends know that they do not belong to a special group that leaves people out. If other people are doing good works and helping people in need, then they can call on the name of Jesus.
Today's reading also points out that we can make choices that turn us away from God. Jesus talks about getting rid of what makes us sin. Jesus does not want us to hurt ourselves. Instead he wants us to use our hands, legs and mouth to do good things. When we make choices that hurt other people or ourselves then we turn away from God. Jesus teaches us to make caring choices.
Questions for Deeper Reflection
(If you are not going to continue with the doctrinal discussion, proceed to the Gospel in Life.)
Doctrinal Discussion Starters
All of creation is a wonderful gift from God. When we see the beauty that is in the world around us, we see how much God loves us.
God made each person with special talents. Over time we discover how to use our talents to help care for others. God wants us to work together to make the world a better place to live.
God did not make us alone. We were made to live together as members of God's family. We may look different or speak differently from one another, but we are still brothers and sisters in faith. And God loves us all equally.
• What special talents have you been given to share?
The Gospel in Life
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