Twenty-Sixth Sunday in Ordinary Time
Posted by prepareformass on September 21, 2009
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September 27, 2009 – (9/27/2009)Divine tolerance
Avoiding jealousy and selfish ambition
“Teacher, we saw someone driving out demons in your name, and we tried to prevent him because he does not follow us.”
Ps 19:8, 10, 12-13, 14
Mk 9:38-43, 45, 47-48
The LORD came down on a cloud and spoke to Moses and bestowed some of the spirit that was on Moses to seventy elders; and as the spirit came to rest on them, they prophesied. Eldad and Medad were not in the gathering…but they were prophesying. So, when a young man quickly told Moses,
“Eldad and Medad are prophesying in the camp, “
Joshua, son of Nun, who from his youth had been Moses’ aide, said,
“Moses, my lord, stop them.”
But Moses answered him,
“Are you JEALOUS for my sake?
Would that all the people of the LORD were prophets!
Would that the LORD might bestow his spirit on them all!”In a similar situation, Jesus’ disciples were concerned that an outsider had been casting out demons in Jesus’ name and they tried to prevent him.But, Jesus said…”Do not prevent him.
There is no one who performs a mighty deed in my name
who can at the same time speak ill of me.”
Anyone who gives you a cup of water to drink
because you belong to Christ,
Amen, I say to you, will surely not lose his reward.
Jesus warns against sins of being injust, malicious, and intolerant of others outside the camp because of jealousy and selfish ambition. “Whoever causes one of these little ones who believe in me to sin,
it would be better for him if a great millstone
were put around his neckand he were thrown into the sea.If your hand causes you to sin, cut it off.
It is better for you to enter into life maimed
than with two hands to go into Gehenna, into the unquenchable fire. And if your foot causes you to sin, cut if off. It is better for you to enter into life crippled than with two feet to be thrown into Gehenna.And if your eye causes you to sin, pluck it out.
Better for you to enter into the kingdom of God with one eye
than with two eyes to be thrown into Gehenna, where ‘their worm does not die, and the fire is not quenched.’”
The precepts of the Lord give joy to the heart.
The law of the LORD is perfect, refreshing the soul; the decree of the LORD is trustworthy, giving wisdom to the simple. The fear of the LORD is pure, enduring forever; the ordinances of the LORD are true, all of them just. Though your servant is careful of them, very diligent in keeping them, yet who can detect failings? Cleanse me from my unknown faults! From wanton sin especially, restrain your servant; let it not rule over me. Then shall I be blameless and innocent of serious sin.
GOD BLESS YOU
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