The 26th Sunday of the Year

Num 11:25-29; Jas 5:1-6; Mk 9:38-43, 45 & 47-48 (Year B)

“The Law of the Lord is perfect, it revives the soul. The rule of the Lord is to be trusted, it gives wisdom to the wise.”

The psalmist rejoiced in the Law as the revelation of God’s will, God’s greatest gift to his people. This gracious revelation demanded a corresponding humility on the part of those who received it.

The Law had been intended as a gift to the humble, rather than as a prescriptive standard exalting one people over another.

It was from such humility that the psalmist went on to pray: “But who can detect all his errors? From hidden faults acquit me. From presumption restrain your servant and let it not rule me. Then I shall be blameless, clean from grave sin.”

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