20 Sep 2015

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Wisdom 2:12, 17-20  The wicked and the just are in a timeless battle against each other’s objectives.
Psalm 54:3-4, 5, 6-8  The proud oppose the one who counts on God for sustenance.
James 3:16-4:3  Evil begins inside the heart, then proceeds to work its violence outward.
Mark 9:30-37  The more Jesus talks about suffering, the more his disciples seek greatness.

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The inner word

What’s in your heart?

It’s amazing to think that the disciples were arguing about which of them was the greatest just after Jesus had told them—for the second time—of his Passion to come. The very thing Christ was talking about, the way of lowliness and submission, was the exact opposite of their game of spiritual one-upmanship.

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Exploring the word

Last and least is first

There are no good sins to commit. But pride is an especially bad one. One of the deadly ones, it’s often equated with the Original Sin that prompted Adam and Eve to turn from God and toward their own agenda.

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In other words

The Sunday gospel in everyday English

He sat down and summoned the Twelve. “So you want first place? Then take the last place. Be the servant of all.”

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Homily stories

Who is the greatest?

The famous slogan “Winning isn’t everything; it’s the only thing” is often associated with Green Bay Packers coach Vince Lombardi. Near the end of his life, the coach said, “I wished I’d never said the thing. . . . I meant the effort. I meant having a goal. I sure didn’t mean for people to crush human values and morality.”

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Penitential Act & Prayer of the Faithful

In a spirit of repentance for our sins, we place ourselves in the hands of our merciful God.

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Homily themes

Notes on the text

For if the just one be the son of God, God will defend him and deliver him from the hand of his foes. The passage from the Book of Isaiah may sound like a foreshadowing of Jesus in “the hand of his foes,” but the readings this week are not so much about predictions—even though Christ makes one himself in the gospel.

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There is no higher religion than human service. To work for the common good is the greatest creed. –Albert Schweitzer (1875-1965)

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