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<< Sunday, October 1, 2000 >> 26th Sunday Ordinary Time
Numbers 11:25-29
James 5:1-6

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Psalm 19
Mark 9:38-43, 45, 47-48

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"Are you jealous?" —Numbers 11:29

The devil couldn't stop the seventy-two Israelite elders from receiving the Spirit (see Nm 11:25-26). However, he hoped to be more successful by enticing the Israelites to quench the Spirit (1 Thes 5:19) through jealousy (Nm 11:29).

Demons could not prevent a man from using Jesus' name to expel them (Mk 9:38). Therefore, they tried to stop the continuation of this man's ministry of deliverance (Mk 9:38). Once again, the demons tried to accomplish this through jealousy.

Jesus is dead set against jealous people being sad at others' successes and thereby saddening the Holy Spirit (Eph 4:30). He warns that if we're jealous of other people's hands because they work better than ours and can make more money, then we should cut off our own hands (Mk 9:43). If we're jealous of others' speed, strength, or health, we should cut off our feet (Mk 9:45). If we're jealous of how others look, we should tear out one of our eyes (Mk 9:47). If you have a "jealous bone in your body," take out the bone or amputate that part of your body.

Jealousy is one of the works of the flesh (Gal 5:20). "I warn you, as I have warned you before: those who do such things will not inherit the kingdom of God!" (Gal 5:21) Repent of jealousy. Don't compare yourself with others. Believe in God the Father's love for you as His child.

Prayer: Father, I offer my body to You as a living sacrifice (Rm 12:1).
Promise: "Would that all the people of the Lord were prophets! Would that the Lord might bestow His Spirit on them all!" —Nm 11:29
Praise: Praise the risen Jesus proclaiming the Great Jubilee! Praise You, Jesus, the Living Word!
Nihil obstat: Reverend Ralph J. Lawrence, April 24, 2000
Imprimatur: †Most Reverend Carl K. Moeddel, Vicar General and Auxiliary Bishop of the Archdiocese of Cincinnati, April 27, 2000
The Nihil obstat and Imprimatur are a declaration that a book or pamphlet is considered to be free from doctrinal or moral error. It is not implied that those who have granted the Nihil obstat and Imprimatur agree with the contents, opinions, or statements expressed.
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