“Let us condemn him to a shameful death.”
A reading from the Book of Wisdom (Wisdom 2:12.17-20)
[Ungodly men said:] “Let us lie in wait for the righteous man, because he is inconvenient to us and opposes our actions; he reproaches us for sins against the law, and accuses us of sins against our training. “Let us see if his words are true, and let us test what will happen at the end of his life; for if the righteous man is God’s son, he will help him, and will deliver him from the hand of his adversaries. Let us test him with insult and torture, that we may find out how gentle he is, and make trial of his forbearance. Let us condemn him to a shameful death, for, according to what he says, he will be protected.”
The word of the Lord.
RESPONSORIAL PSALM Psalm 54:3-4.5.6 and 8 (R. cf. 6b)
R. Behold, the Lord is the upholder of my life.
O God, save me by your name;
by your power, defend my cause.
O God, hear my prayer;
give ear to the words of my mouth. R.
For the proud have risen against me,
and the ruthless seek my life.
They have no regard for God. R.
See, I have God for my help.
The Lord sustains my soul.
I will sacrifice to you with willing heart,
and praise your name, for it is good. R.
“The harvest of righteousness is sown in peace by those who make peace.”
A reading from the Letter of Saint James (James 3:16-4:3)
Beloved: Where jealousy and selfish ambition exist, there will be disorder and every vile practice. But the wisdom from above is first pure, then peaceable, gentle, open to reason, full of mercy and good fruits, without uncertainty or insincerity. And the harvest of righteousness is sown in peace by those who make peace. What causes wars, and what causes fightings among you? Is it not your passions that are at war in your members? You desire and do not have; so you kill. And you covet and cannot obtain; so you fight and wage war. You do not have, because you do not ask. You ask and do not receive, because you ask wrongly, to spend it on your passions.
The word of the Lord.
ALLELUIA 2 Thessalonians 2:14
Alleluia. God has called us through the Gospel, to obtain the glory of our Lord Jesus Christ. Alleluia.
“The Son of man will be delivered into the hands of men. If anyone would be first, he must be the servant of all. ”
A reading from the holy Gospel according to Mark (Mark 9:30-37)
At that time: Jesus and his disciples went on from the mountain and passed through Galilee. And he would not have any one know it; for he was teaching his disciples, saying to them, “The Son of man will be delivered into the hands of men, and they will kill him; and when he is killed, after three days he will rise.” But they did not understand the saying, and they were afraid to ask him. And they came to Capemaum; and when he was in the house he asked them, “What were you discussing on the way?” But they were silent; for on the way they had discussed with one another who was the greatest. And he sat down and called the Twelve; and he said to them, “If any one would be first, he must be last of all and servant of all.” And he took a child, and put him in the midst of them; and taking him in his arms, he said to them, “Whoever receives one such child in my name receives me; and whoever receives me, receives not me but him who sent me.”
The Gospel of the Lord.
Jealousy, envy, and greed engender dispute, discord and disharmony. Our dissatisfaction with ourselves and our desire for what another owns destroy our inner peace, distort our perspective on life and make it difficult for us to love others. What feeds our jealousy and envy is the fear that we are unlovable. Yet God created us in love and for love. God has given each of us particular gifts to use in service to his people. Each one is unique, blessed just as he/she is. When we accept this truth, we can let go of comparing ourselves to others and our tendency to want to be great. We ought to reflect a bit on that area of our life where we need to be less competitive and argumentative.