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Twenty-fifth Sunday Ordinary Time

Romans 5:3-4 We also rejoice in our sufferings, because we know that suffering produces perseverance; perseverance, character; and character, hope.

Prayer ...
Heavenly Father, we confess that we get irritated and frustrated with difficulty, pain, and suffering. Please give us more compassion and better listening skills to listen others, so that we may bless those who need your love and grace. Give us the strength to find joy in the difficulties of breaking through the barriers Satan places in the way to keep others from Jesus. In the name Infant Jesus we pray. Amen.
Today's Readings ... (September 23, 2012)
Day: Twenty-fifth Sunday in Ordinary Time
First Reading: Wisdom 2:12, 17-20
Responsorial Pslam: Psalm 54:3-4,5,6 and 8
Second Reading: James 3:16-4:3
Gospel: Mark 9:30-37
Lectionary: 134
Colour: Green

Meditation on Today's Gospel:
We often compare ourselves with others and desire their praise. The hunger for glory and greatness seems to be inherited in us. Who doesn't cherish the goal to be "somebody" whom others esteem rather than a "nobody"? Even the psalms speak about the glory God has intended for us. You have made them a little lesser than God, and crowned them with glory and respect. Jesus made a remarkable gesture by embracing a child to show his disciples who actually is the greatest in the kingdom of God. What can a small child possibly teach us about greatness? Children in the ancient world had no rights, position, or privileges of their own. They were generally at the "bottom of the rung" and at the service of their parents, much like the family staff and domestic servants. What is the implication of Jesus' gesture? Jesus elevated a little child in the attendance of his disciples by placing the child in an advantaged position of honor. It is usual, even today, to seat the guest of honor at the right side of the host. Who is the most in God's kingdom? The one who is modest and lowly of heart – who instead of asserting their rights freely empty themselves of arrogance and self-seeking glory by taking the lowly place of a servant or child.


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