What Do You Talk About?


“Great minds talk about ideas, mediocre minds talk about things, small minds talk about people.”   This quote is usually accredited to Eleanor Roosevelt, but some say it goes back to Socrates.


Let’s begin with small minds that talk about people. Their motto is usually: “Fill me in on all the latest gossip and don’t leave out any detail…” “Hey, did hear about Mary?” Or “That guy is out of his mind.” OR “You will never believe what they did last week.”

Tenth Sunday in Ordinary Time, June 10, 2018




Today’s scripture readings reveal some small minds. In the first readings from Genesis, God creates man and woman; in the divine image he creates them. God gave them everything, except the fruit of the tree of knowledge. So, you guessed it, they had to eat it.


Then, when they got caught, the man blamed the woman, “She did it, it’s her fault.” The woman then in turn blamed the serpent, “He tricked me.” Neither the man nor the woman would take responsibility. They couldn’t stand the idea that it might have been their fault.


In the Gospel reading we find another small mind. A man says of Jesus, “He is out of his mind, he is possessed by the devil.” Jesus was doing good and the religious leaders couldn’t stand that idea. So they talked about him, spread some gossip, slandered him.


There have always been people with small minds who have nothing better to do than talk about other people, and there always will be. They do a lot of damage and they hurt a lot of people.


Now let’s look at people with great minds. They talk about ideas. We have all met these people. You can find their names in history books. They are the people who change things. They ask “why?” or “why not?” These people are

the dreamers and the doers. Their motto is: “If you can dream it, you can do it.”


In the second reading from St. Paul, Paul writes, “Because I believed I spoke out, He who raised up the Lord Jesus

will raise us up. Everything is ordered to your benefit. WE do not fix our gaze on what is seen, but on what is unseen.”

There have always been people with great minds who talk about ideas. WE know these people; their names are recorded in history. They are the people who truly make a difference.


And in between, we find people with mediocre minds who talk about things. We have all met these people. They talk about cars and boats and trains. They are good people, they do not slander others. These are good people who live their lives quietly making no major contribution to humanity, but not hurting it either. This group of people is probably

the majority of people the majority of the time.


In conclusion, where do you fit? Probably a little bit of all three. Great minds talk about ideas, mediocre minds talk about things, small minds talk about people. Where do you fit? There is only one way to find out….what do you talk about?  Amen.

Fr. Terry Hazel

Sunday Readings

Genesis 3:9–15

The Lord God then called  to the man and asked him: Where are you?

2 Corinthians 4:13—5:1

We have a building from God, a dwelling not made with hands, eternal in heaven.

Mark 3:20–35

[Jesus said,] “Whoever does the will of God is my brother and sister and mother.”