Sept. 20, 2009 - 25th Sunday Cycle B

Sunday Reading Reflections
Twenty-fifth Sunday in Ordinary Time
September 20, 2009 (25B)

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First Reading
Book of Wisdom, Chapter 2, Verses 12, 17-20

1. “Let us find out what will happen to him,” they said. What did we find out? Did God take care of the just one? Did God give help? Maybe you have asked God for something and receiving something quite different. What happened to you?
2. “Let us beset the just one, because he is obnoxious to us, he sets himself against our doings.” About whom does this speak? Why? Are you obnoxious to anyone because you speak out against doings you consider wrong?

Second Reading
Letter of St. James, Chapter 3, Verses 16-43

1. Where does ambition for power and greatness lead? What does it do to a country? to a business? to a Church? Is there a way to cultivate peace?
2. Know them by their fruits. If the fruits are jealousy, selfish ambition, conflicts and close-mindedness, how good is the tree? What about mercy, compliance, constancy, sincerity, and peace,? Which kind of tree are you?

According to Mark, Chapter 9, Verses 30-37

1. The disciples wanted choice positions in Jesus’ kingdom. Jesus said these were not his to give. Whose were they to give? And what is it that you want?
2. In order to rank first, Jesus tells the disciples they should be the servants of all. Who would you serve, if you could? Anyone close to you? Where do you think your parish ranks in taking care of people in need? Where would you rank yourself?

Share Your Reflections
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  1. Anonymous1:52 PM

    In our world it is really easy to get lost in the race for fame and power. But in God's eyes, all these mean nothing. Many times I find myself acting like the disciples and thinking my placement my importance in society and Church is most critical. But in the end, I'm a lowly sinner like everyone else. And I'm not perfect. This is a very humbling Gospel message this week.

  2. Anonymous11:11 PM

    I too am a sinner. That is the guilt part of my being. I am also a disciple, the positive part of my being. My sinful nature does not prevent me from walking side by side with God. In fact, Jesus tells us that unless we walk with Him and help Him to do His work, we will not be called to heaven by Him and His Father. So let's imitate Peter, cry it out, ask for pardon and work hard side by side with Christ aas we respond to His command to "...go forth and make disciples of all nations... teaching them to observe all things that I have commanded you..." (Matt. 28; 19-20) Sure, we're sinners, and we are saints. Let's live as saints.