Numbers 11;25-29 James 5,1-6 Mark 9;38-43;45;47-48
Once again God turns our concepts, thoughts, actions upside down. Have you ever been at a meeting where someone comes up with a solution to a problem or an insight? And you say "Wow, but she /he is just an ordinary, everyday person -where did she/he get that idea?" Or even as I saw in our little school of 4 year olds giving advice to another 4 year old who was crying, " Don’t cry, the teacher will take care of you," as she put her little arm around him. The unexpected-where did the wisdom come from? The Spirit is not limited to place, time, person or situation.
In the first reading in numbers - 2 men who weren’t with the others in the tent were prophesying and some were jealous. Moses answers so nicely “Would that the Lord might bestow his spirit on them all meaning the People of Israel.”
Jesus in the Gospel says of those who were driving out demons in his name and the disciples were jealous “Do not prevent them. There is no one who performs a mighty deed in my name who can at the same time speak ill of me.
The Spirit is truly powerful - We at our baptism and confirmation are filled with the Spirit - so that we too may proclaim the Good News. In Pentecost, the 7 gifts of the Spirit help one to be a prophet, to proclaim the Good News.
St. James gives us insight into how we can be open to the Spirit -don’t accumulate riches of this world that can be rotted away. It’s clear enough.
Let us pray for the Spirit to come to fulfillment in our lives. Let us not become jealous as the Spirit can speak in different groups, movements, persons, persons who are simple, ordinary, from different places and even children. Come Holy Spirit !
-Sr. Rose Ann
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