Tuesday, September 25, 2018

Catholic Reflections 692 : Twenty-sixth Sunday of the Year B - Sunday, 30 September 2018

Homily Twenty-sixth Sunday of the Year B  - Sunday, 30 September 2018


First Reading: Numbers 11:25-29
Psalm: Ps 18:8. 10. 12-14. “The precepts of the Lord give joy to the heart.
Second Reading: James 5:1-6
Gospel Acclamation: cf John 17:17
Gospel: Mark 9:38-43. 45. 47-48
Please listen to my audio recordings of the readings, prayers and reflections for the Twenty-sixth Sunday of the Year B  - Sunday, 30 September 2018 by clicking this link here:   https://soundcloud.com/user-633212303/26b-30-sept-2018-faith-hope-and-love-ep-116  (EPISODE: 116)
This weekend, the core of Christ’s message of unselfish service and love really strikes us.  I love these readings for their practiciality and clarity.  God reminds us that God’s Spirit blows wherever it wills…  God acts in and through whom God wants… we can no limit God or demand that God works only through official channels…  We don’t direct God, we serve God and God’s ways.
The readings speak of the fact that God’s Spirit blows where it wills and we cannot try to limit God’s action. God works in and through anyone God chooses. Eldad and Medad are two people in the First reading who receive the spirit of God even though they were not in the tent with the others. There was some consternation about that… should we stop them, because they did not receive the Holy Spirit in the same way that we did, and the way WE think they should have received it? God says I will give the Spirit to whomsoever I choose and how and when I choose.   

Our job is not to limit God but to respond and cooperate with God wherever God’s action is found.  The names Eldad and Medad are rather interesting…   Eldad means ‘the one whom God has loved” and Medad means “love” or “waters of love.”  It could also be a reminder, that God’s love and God’s action flow freely and generously to everyone, without boundary or limitation. The waters of God's love flow whichever course God chooses and the Spirit of God blows wherever it wills. 

We are warned:  Jealousy is not a virtue in the Kingdom of God. Do not be jealous of anyone who is doing God’s work. Do not make comparisons between yourself and your work of the Kingdom and someone else. There is enough work for the labourers of the Kingdom to occupy us all. Do not look at others and who they are or what are not doing.  Do your work diligently….   Everyone has a different part of the work of the Kingdom, (as we heard last week, making comparisons and being jealous and trying to monopolise God’s work… none of that is really the qualities to be found in the real Kingdom of God…)

Saint James is encouraging a healthy aversion to possessions and wealth, particularly if wealth and comfort are gained at the expense of others who are going without the necessities of life, and are who are in dire need…  and especially if the wealth is gained from dishonesty and unjustly ripping off others…  this will all come back to bite them, Saint James warns…

The gospel..  rather than talking about literally “cutting off” parts of the body, is really speaking metaphorically by means of a surgical idea that sometimes the integrity and health of the whole body needs to be preserved by amputating or removing a diseased part of the body….  So, this is really talking about the Community, the church, as the Body of Christ. This image refers to the members of the community… For all who are doing the work of the gospel, let them do it unobstructed, and cooperate with them in their work where possible…  Do not interfere with others’ work and do not dismay or overload them…..   But, if anyone is doing things that are opposite to the values of the gospel or disrupting the work of the Gospel, cut them off quickly…   Remove them so that they do not poison the community in its good work and rightly-ordered values…   This is quite challenging and sobering stuff…

The readings today are a great encouragement for ecumenical cooperation amongst people of other Christian church denominations, and even broader cooperation with people who are of a non-Christian faith, or even those who do not believe in God at all but who practise the human values that do not contradict Jesus’ values and message in essence or effect.

Anyone who (even though they do not personally know of Jesus), but who nevertheless who holds Jesus’ values and who lives the principles and values of the gospel, is a friend of God and will be welcomed into God’s family.
Fr Paul W. Kelly

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Twenty-sixth Sunday of the Year B
Sunday, 30 September 2018)

(EPISODE: 116 )

The grace of our Lord Jesus Christ, and the love of God, and the communion of the Holy Spirit be with you all.
Brothers and sisters, let us acknowledge our sins,
and so prepare ourselves to celebrate the sacred mysteries.
option two on the cards/ Have mercy on us, O Lord./ For we have sinned against you./ Show us, O Lord, your mercy. And grant us your salvation.
May almighty God have mercy on us, forgive us our sins, and bring us to everlasting life.  Amen.

Memorial Acclamation

We proclaim your Death, O Lord, and profess your Resurrection until you come again.


Sundays Ordinary I

Various Needs and Occasions.  III

Communion side.  pwk: 
Go in peace. (glorifying the Lord by your life)

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