22 & 23 September 2018
Twenty-fifth Sunday in Ordinary Time
First Reading: Wisdom 2:12, 17-20
Second Reading: James 3:16 — 4:3
Gospel: Mark 9:30-37
HOW DO WE TREAT THE MESSENGER?
Let’s not be too hasty in defining who is “the wicked one” and who (namely us) is just! We are very quick to label others as evil, because we tend to label ourselves as good guys. We don’t like it when we are brought up short by a prophetic voice that brings us some bad news about our own behavior. We don’t like to be reproached for transgressions of the law or charged with violations of our training.
We may condemn and abuse those who bring us up against these truths about ourselves when, if we were really good, we would thank them for helping to keep us on the right path. This is the way they treated the prophets and the way they treated Jesus. Is this also the way we treat those whose message we don’t like?