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September 20, 2009, 25th Sunday in Ordinary Time

“If anyone wishes to rank first, he must remain last of all.” (Mark 9:35)

READINGS:
1. Wis 2: 12, 17-20
2. James 3:16, 4:3
3. Gospel of Mark 9:30-37

REFLECTION: This week let us take a look at Jesus, the one who made himself last and came out first. And let us look at ourselves and ask, “What kind of person am I? Am I me – first, or others – first? Do I constantly look in the mirror, or do I look out the window at others and their needs?”

PRAYER: Lord Jesus, may we let go of all that holds us back, and follow you freely and openly as Matthew did on that day when you called. Amen.

FAMILY DISCUSSION/ACTIVITY:

*Monday*:
Look in a mirror and take note of all that you see. Name three qualities that describe a me – first person. Do you find any of those qualities in yourself?

*Tuesday*:
The Scripture tells us to love our neighbor as ourselves. This implies a love of self. Reflect today in prayer on the positive aspects of loving self first.

*Wednesday*:
These beautiful days of September and October are upon us. Enjoy them today with your family. Perhaps an outdoor supper would be possible.

*Thursday*:
Pray today with the family the Rosary, using the new Mysteries of Light.

*Friday*:
The readings these weeks of September and October are all about the most difficult aspects of our faith, to understand and grasp pain and suffering, the cross, being last to be first. Make an act of faith today believing what we can’t understand, but trusting in God.

*Saturday*:
The elderly have so much wisdom to share with us. Ask an elderly person you know and admire what they think of these difficult topics of pain, suffering, the cross, etc.

PRAYER:
Lord Jesus, you chose to be last to meet the test of gentleness and patience by dying for others. Grant us a share in your unselfish spirit that we might be able to look beyond ourselves so as to serve the needs of others. Amen.



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