Sunday, September 26, 2021
The readings for the Twenty-Sixth Sunday in Ordinary Time for Year B remind us not to exclude or hinder others who are doing the work of God. The first reading (Numbers 11:25-29) tells of two men receiving the spirit to prophesy even though they were not present when the group who were to receive the spirit met. The psalm (Psalm 19:8, 10, 12-13, 14) sings “the decree of the Lord is trustworthy, giving wisdom to the simple.” The second reading (James 5:1-6) warns against seeking the riches of this world. And in the gospel (Mark 9:38-43, 45, 47-48), the apostles are concerned because a man not in their company was driving out demons in Jesus’ name. But Jesus tells them not to stop him.
These readings could lead to a discussion about pride and jealousy or to consider the relationship between the Catholics and other religions. Here are some ideas: