Tell the Children!

"His clothes became dazzlingly white, whiter than any earthly bleacher could bleach them"

Mark. 9:2-3
Genesis 22:1-2,9,10-13,15-18; Psalm 116:10,15-19; Romans 8:31-34; Mark 9:2-10

Sermon Week/Year

Second Sunday of Lent, B

In his classic novel, “The Idiot,” the principal character of renowned Russian novelist Fyodor Dostoevsky is “Prince Myshkin,” a man who suffers intense epileptic seizures. Each time he has a seizure, he receives a deep insight into the great mystery of life. In the author’s words, “Suddenly amid sadness, spiritual darkness, and oppression, there seemed at moments a flash of light in his brain. His mind and heart were flooded with extraordinary light. All of his uneasiness, doubts, and anxieties were relieved at once.” In Prince Myshkin, Dostoevsky wanted to create a character who is “entirely positive with an absolutely beautiful nature — someone who is truly Christian.” -1

In a scene near the novel’s end, Prince Myshkin receives his most profound, most glorious vision of the great mystery as he cries out, “Oh God, why don’t we tell the children!”

Always there is a great mystery in the air. Always there are miracles in the ether all around us, a fact…

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