Good News Inspiration for Daily Life
Description: James 3:16–4:3 points out that whatever we’re ambitious for, if it’s good, we can have it by working in collaboration with the Holy Spirit to achieve our goals – but not if we want it only to satisfy our personal, selfish passions. God gives us what we pray for when it will benefit others. This bulletin insert for the 25th Sunday of Ordinary Time reflects on how jealousy and selfishness are usually the root beneath every scandal in the Church, every division on the parish staff, every discord among ministries, every disappointed volunteer who feels pushed out, every broken relationship in Christian families, and every attitude that chases weaker Catholics away from the faith. To heal any divisive problem, look for self-centered ambition. Honestly and objectively identify even the most subtle forms of it so that you can also identify God’s antidote.
Ideas for use: Bulletin insert for September 23rd, men’s group, parish pastoral council meeting, staff meeting, faith sharing communities, leadership training, RCIA, etc.