Twenty-fifth Sunday in Ordinary Time
Wisdom 2:12, 17-20
This week’s first reading comes from the Old Testament book of Wisdom. This section reveals some insight into the intentions of the enemy. At this time, the Jews were experiencing great persecution, and this tries to convince them that this is not from the hand of God. Those that persecute us are not on His side, and they don’t want to be reminded that they are not.
In our time, we experience lots of persecution when we seek to bring Truth into a world that is trying to forget it. This reading should bring some encouragement.
Psalm 54:3-4, 5, 6 AND 8
- (6b) The Lord upholds my life.
This week’s second reading continuing in the letter of St. James gives practical and applicable tips on how we can live in harmony. Many of our problems come because of our selfishness and our bad intentions towards others. This reading reminds us of the source of our intentions.
Alleluia CF. 2 Thessalonians 2:14
- Alleluia, alleluia.
God has called us through the Gospel
to possess the glory of our Lord Jesus Christ.
This week’s Gospel from St Mark is another time when Jesus begins to warn of His coming death. Even though Jesus was fairly clear, they are unable to comprehend what he is trying to tell them. Immediately following, the Apostles get caught up arguing about who is going to the greatest. Sometimes we see this in ourselves, when we desire higher recognition or praise above those around us.
Jesus reminds us that we need to get over ourselves, and find our identity and value in giving up our selfishness to be innocent and loving as children. This is difficult, but it’s much easier to think of God and others when we think of ourselves less often.
Gospel Meditation from Bishop Vásquez
The idea of being childlike is not often popular. Who wants to be powerless or voiceless? When Jesus is handed over to the authorities, he empties himself of all control and power. He teaches us, as disciples, we are to do the same. Where do I need to relinquish power and control to be more childlike — in order to be a better disciple?