Wherever you find jealousy and ambition, you find disharmony, and wicked things of every kind being done; whereas the wisdom that comes down from above is essentially something pure; it also makes for peace, and is kindly and considerate; it is full of compassion and shows itself by doing good; nor is there any trace of partiality or hypocrisy in it. Peacemakers, when they work for peace, sow the seeds which will bear fruit in holiness.
Where do these wars and battles between yourselves first start? Isn’t it precisely in the desires fighting inside your own selves? You want something and you haven’t got it; so you are prepared to kill. You have an ambition that you cannot satisfy; so you fight to get your way by force. Why you don’t have what you want is because you don’t pray for it; when you do pray and don’t get it, it is because you have not prayed properly, you have prayed for something to indulge your own desires.
2nd reading for 25th Sunday in Ordinary Time
Jesus offers peace and reconciliation, through our finding our home in him.
- Of what are you envious? What provokes jealousy in you? And why?
- What breaks communion between you and others?
Detail from L’ange déchu, Alexandre Chabanel. Musee Fabre, Montpellier, France. (c) 2017 , Allen Morris