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For the Ride Home
by Ted Bergh
25th Sunday in Ordinary Time (B)
September 20, 2009
Scripture
•“…Let us beset the just one, because he is obnoxious to us; he sets himself against our doings, Let us condemn him to a shameful death; for according to his own words, God will take care of him.” (Wisdom 2:12,20)
•The arrogant have risen against me; the ruthless seek my life; (Psalm 54:5)
•You covet but do not possess. You kill and envy but you cannot obtain; you fight and wage war. You do not possess because you do not ask. You ask but do not receive, because you ask wrongly, to spend it on your passions. (James 4:2,3)
•“If anyone wishes to be first, he shall be the last of all and the servant of all. Whoever receives one child such as this in my name, receives me; and whoever receives me, receives not me but the one who sent me.” (Mark 9:35b,37)
 
Reflection
•Can you possess what you covet? Can desire be sated?
•Can war succeed to a legitimate end?
•Name a twentieth century prophet killed embracing justice. Is there any way to silence a prophet? Who can “kill” a prophet?
•Why does coveting first rank last?
•How did Jesus lead through being servant to all? How are you a servant leader?

They shall be saved only if they begin to do what Christ wills: only if they abandon a lavish life lived at the expense of the poor….let them stop murdering those of us who toil for a more just distribution of the power and wealth of our country. (Archbishop Oscar Romero)
 

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