Week of Sunday, September 23
18th Sunday after Pentecost
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This Sunday we hear James warn against selfish ambition, while the disciples quarrel over which one of them is the greatest. Jesus tells them the way to be great is to serve. Then, to make it concrete, he puts in front of them an actual flesh-and-blood child. We are called to welcome the particular children God puts in front of us, to make room for them in daily interaction, and to give them a place of honor in the assembly.
Readings and Psalm
The prophet led like a lamb to slaughter
Wisdom 1:16–2:1, 12-22 (alternate)
The righteous shall live
God is my helper; it is the Lord who sustains my life. (Ps. 54:4)
James 3:13–4:3, 7-8a
The wisdom from above
Prediction of the passion