Sunday 30 September 2018

About Today Readings

Week II Psalter. 26th Sunday in Ordinary Time.

Numbers 11:25-29. Psalm 18(19):8, 10, 12-14. James 5:1-6. Mark 9:38-43, 45, 47-48.

The precepts of the Lord give joy to the heart—Psalm 18(19):8, 10, 12-14.

‘Anyone who is not against us is for us.’

Today’s Gospel passage is broken open by reading what has come before – the Transfiguration and Jesus, after coming down from the mountain, healing a child because his disciples were unable to because of their lack of faith. Jesus’ frustration with his followers is evident. They just don’t seem to get this message. Their doubts and insecurities infect others. In their unbelief they deny the possibility that God works through everyone who believes, not just a chosen few.

How often do our insecurities, our jealousies, our desire to be a part of the inner circle, whatever that may be, hold back us and others? There is room enough for all in God’s house.

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