Season after Pentecost | 26th Sunday in Ordinary Time (Year B)
Esther 7:1-6, 9-10; 9:20-22; Psalm 124; (Numbers 11:4-6, 10-16, 24-29; Psalm 19:7-14;) James 5:13-20; Mark 9:38-50
If you are reading this column hoping to get some insight into Mark 9:49-50, you can stop now. These verses are intensely obscure; the commentaries offer little help; neither I nor anyone I know has received a special revelation explaining the text. Let us simply agree to move on to other matters. By this point in Mark’s Gospel, Jesus has started to speak openly about his impending death.
by Stephen FowlSeptember 19, 2006
Lent carries in its bosom a seductive danger: excessive inwardness. The seduction is this: a season of prayer, repentance and preparation for Good Friday and Easter necessarily involves trips to the heart, but tarry there too long and repentance can stall out as melancholy. The danger is this: self-examination may spawn attempts at self-improvement, with the result that looking at self replaces looking to God, and small measures of merit replace the immeasurable grace of God.