Readings: September 23, 2012 25th Sunday in Ordinary Time

Wisdom 2:12, 17-20 Good News Bible James 3:16 – 4: 3 Mark 9:30-37 The Message

Wisdom 2:12, 17-20

Righteous people are nothing but a nuisance, so let’s look for chances to get rid of them. They are against what we do; they accuse us of breaking the Law of Moses and violating the traditions of our ancestors.

But we’ll see if that’s true! Let’s see what will happen when it’s time for them to die! If the righteous really are God’s children, God will save them from their enemies.

So let’s put them to the test. We’ll be cruel to them, an torment them; then we’ll find out how calm and reasonable they are! We’ll find out just how much they can stand! ^20 We’ll condemn them to a shameful death. After all, they say that God will protect them. © 1992 by American Bible Society

James 3:16 – 4:3 The Message

Live Well, Live Wisely

Beloved:

Whenever you’re trying to look better than others or get the better of others, things fall apart and everyone ends up at the others’ throats.

Real wisdom, God’s wisdom, begins with a holy life and is characterized by getting along with others. It is gentle and reasonable, overflowing with mercy and blessings, not hot one day and cold the next, not two-faced. You can develop a healthy, robust community that lives right with God and enjoy its results /only/ if you do the hard work of getting along with each other, treating each other with dignity and honor.

Get Serious

Where do you think all these appalling wars and quarrels come from? Do you think they just happen? Think again. They come about because you want your own way, and fight for it deep inside yourselves. You lust for what you don’t have and are willing to kill to get it. You want what isn’t yours and will risk violence to get your hands on it.

You wouldn’t think of just asking God for it, would you? And why not? Because you know you’d be asking for what you have no right to. You’re spoiled children, each wanting your own way. © 2002 by Eugene H. Peterson

Mark 9:30-37

Jesus and His disciples, leaving there, went through Galilee. He didn’t want anyone to know their whereabouts, for he wanted to teach his disciples. He told them, “The Son of Man is about to be betrayed to some people who want nothing to do with God. They will murder him. Three days after his murder, he will rise, alive.” They didn’t know what he was talking about, but were afraid to ask him about it.

So You Want First Place?

They came to Capernaum. When he was safe at home, he asked them, “What were you discussing on the road?”

The silence was deafening—they had been arguing with one another over who among them was greatest.

He sat down and summoned the Twelve. “So you want first place? Then take the last place. Be the servant of all.”

He put a child in the middle of the room. Then, cradling the little one in his arms, he said, “Whoever embraces one of these children as I do embraces me, and far more than me—God who sent me.” © 2002 by Eugene H. Peterson

 

 

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