13 Who is wise and understanding among you? By his good life let him show his works in the meekness of wisdom.14 But if you have bitter jealousy and selfish ambition in your hearts, do not boast and be false to the truth.
15 This wisdom is not such as comes down from above, but is earthly, unspiritual, devilish.
16 For where jealousy and selfish ambition exist, there will be disorder and every vile practice.17 But the wisdom from above is first pure, then peaceable, gentle, open to reason, full of mercy and good fruits, without uncertainty or insincerity.18 And the harvest of righteousness is sown in peace by those who make peace.
14 And when they came to the disciples, they saw a great crowd about them, and scribes arguing with them. 15 And immediately all the crowd, when they saw him, were greatly amazed, and ran up to him and greeted him.16 And he asked them, “What are you discussing with them?”
17 And one of the crowd answered him, “Teacher, I brought my son to you, for he has a dumb spirit;18 and wherever it seizes him, it dashes him down; and he foams and grinds his teeth and becomes rigid; and I asked your disciples to cast it out, and they were not able.”
19 And he answered them, “O faithless generation, how long am I to be with you? How long am I to bear with you? Bring him to me.” 20 And they brought the boy to him; and when the spirit saw him, immediately it convulsed the boy, and he fell on the ground and rolled about, foaming at the mouth.
21 And Jesus asked his father, “How long has he had this?” And he said, “From childhood.22 And it has often cast him into the fire and into the water, to destroy him; but if you can do anything, have pity on us and help us.” 23 And Jesus said to him, “If you can! All things are possible to him who believes.”
24 Immediately the father of the child cried out and said, “I believe; help my unbelief!”
25 And when Jesus saw that a crowd came running together, he rebuked the unclean spirit, saying to it, “You dumb and deaf spirit, I command you, come out of him, and never enter him again.”
26 And after crying out and convulsing him terribly, it came out, and the boy was like a corpse; so that most of them said, “He is dead.”
27 But Jesus took him by the hand and lifted him up, and he arose. 28 And when he had entered the house, his disciples asked him privately, “Why could we not cast it out?” 29 And he said to them, “This kind cannot be driven out by anything but prayer and fasting.”
St JAMES Classify jealousy and selfish ambitions as disordered human morbidities that are works of Satan, because it appose the appreciation of the good fortune of others. Those who are held hostage by these “devilish” afflictions do not practice charity and is not at peace with him or herself, moreover they rejoice in the misfortune of others!
“Jealousy is most evil when one repines at another’s spiritual good. It is then said to be a sin against the Holy Ghost. It is likewise called a capital sin because of the other vices it begets.”
James invite us to seek the pure wisdom of God: a willingness to listen and apply sensibility that engender; peace, gentleness, mercy and righteousness.
THE GOSPEL READING: Jesus, Peter, John and James encounter a crowd who were at odds with His disciples who were not capable of healing a young man who was afflicted with a “dumb spirit.” Jesus recognized the condition of the young man and immediately rebuked the spirit, causing the man to regain his gift of speech.
We need to be prepared to let go of our mean spirited nature, that is the causal stumbling block in our relationship with Christ and our fellow brother or sister. This sort of sinful human affliction require much prayer and fasting over a period of time, before one can expect any meaningful change or deliverance. It is thus prudent that we seek the assistance of a priestly spiritual director, who is qualified to excorcise our vices and the unclean spirits that hold us in bondage!
LET US PRAY: Psalms 19:8-10
8 the precepts of the LORD are right, rejoicing the heart; the commandment of the LORD is pure, enlightening the eyes;
9 the fear of the LORD is clean, enduring for ever; the ordinances of the LORD are true, and righteous altogether.
10 More to be desired are they than gold, even much fine gold; sweeter also than honey and drippings of the honeycomb.
Commentary. Henry R SYLVESTER Note: The daily scripture readings are taken from the Roman Missal which the Catholic Church use in the daily Celebration of the Holy Eucharist throughout the world.Some weekly readings may differ because of the celebration of local feast days.
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