Sunday Reflection, by OSF Associate Marty Kollstedt

Reflection for September 23, 2012

25th Sunday in Ordinary Time

First Reading: Wisdom 2:12, 17-20
Psalm: 54:3-4, 5, 6-8

Second Reading: James 3:16-4:3

Gospel: Mark 9:30-37

Reflection
As today’s gospel reading from Mark opens, Jesus presents a sobering message to his followers.  These devoted ones who have just witnessed Jesus performing marvelous healings and wonders now hear: “The son of man will be delivered into the hands (of those) who will kill him…(however) after three days he will rise.”  How did Jesus’ followers respond to his proclamation?  The gospel indicates that in their confusion and fear the followers eventually land into discussion of a hierarchy among one another.  How do we hear and respond to that same message about suffering, death, and resurrection?  Can we, do we, truly take in all that might mean and what might then be asked of us?  Or like Jesus’ followers do we consciously or unconsciously avoid applying them to our lives and world?  Do we find ourselves comparing ourselves to others in order to compensate for our weaknesses or enhance our self-esteem?  What does that say about our regard for others?  How do we implement Jesus’ call for service and humility in our dealings with one another?
Prayer
Grant us the wisdom to understand how your words impact our lives.  Strengthen us with courage to apply your words to our daily life.  Inspire us to live out these words with a spirit of service and humility. Amen.
Marty Kollstedt, OSF Associate
Sisters of St. Francis, Oldenburg
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One thought on “Sunday Reflection, by OSF Associate Marty Kollstedt

  1. Another good word for me! I do that “comparison” thing–praying to release that need, and for increased humility. Thank you, and God bless you–love, Caddo

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