Dear Parishioners of St. James:
Praised be Jesus Christ!
Jesus asked a probing question to His disciples in this Sunday’s gospel as they were discussing among themselves who was the greatest: “What were you arguing about on the way?” (Mk 9:33). They were reduced to silence because they were arguing about who among them was the greatest. The disciples tried to assert their rights and perceived prerogatives over each other. God was displeased.
Being argumentative arises from selfishness. A person who argues is not at peace with himself. “Wisdom from above is first of all pure, then peaceable, gentle, compliant and full of mercy” (Js 3:17). Do we find ourselves arguing with others? It is time to look within our hearts. Do we insist on our own way? Do we want others to see things the way we see things? Do we look down on others who have different opinions than we have?
“The fruit of righteousness is sown in peace for those who cultivate peace” (Js 3:18). Are you a person who is at peace with himself? A good way to measure your heart before God is to look at whether you are at peace with others.
God bless you,