The readings of this Sunday seem to speak to the challenging questions of “Who is Jesus, the Just One, for me? How do I truly develop and live Jesus’ values and approach to life? ”
The reading from Wisdom reminds us that the Just One will experience rejection, alienation and condemnation. Do I really want to experience rejection and condemnation for the call to work for justice and living Jesus’ beliefs in accepting and including the poor, alienated and forgotten?
In the gospel Jesus foretells the coming of his suffering and death. However, the apostles are more concerned about their status of greatness and oblivious to Jesus’ call to be a servant to others, to be like a child, vulnerable and dependent upon God, trusting God’s strengthening, loving care. In what ways am I called to be a loving servant to others, to stand up, speak out against injustices in our world which may cause some suffering and isolation in my own life?
The reading from the letter of James reminds us that in dealing with the tensions of life, we need the “wisdom from above that is peaceable, gentle, full of mercy and good fruits.” Do I sincerely live the virtues of peacefulness, gentleness, full of mercy and good fruits? What spirit and attitude do I bring to others each day?
We are invited to be God’s Just Ones, so desperately needed in our world today, bringing hope, peace, comfort, healing and justice to our hurting world. May we truly believe in the Spirit and power of God working in and through us. May we go forth with courage, wisdom and joy this coming week!