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Reflection by Revd Fiona Brown
June 6th 2021
Jesus arouses feelings of jealousy and fear among the religious authorities. He also causes his family to worry about him as he doesn’t seem to be looking after his own well-being.
Read St Mark’s Gospel Chapter 3 verses 20 – 35.
The scribes try to undermine what Jesus is doing when people are healed by saying that he must be fired up by Beelzebul (the Devil or Satan). They do not want to accept that this is God at work, perhaps because they can’t do it. They are jealous.
Jealousy is an invidious emotion. It gets inside us and judgement is impaired. Things are seen out of all proportion and damage is done. We may try to justify what is not justifiable and refuse to see the good in what the others are doing. It is destructive, both of individuals and communities. Where jealousy reigns, so does Satan. Where jealousy is defeated and we all work together, appreciating and rejoicing in each other’s gifts, then we can be certain that God reigns.
All loving God, we thank you that each one of us has different gifts. Help us to be thankful and satisfied for the gifts which we have and not to look at other people’s gifts, with wistful eyes, wishing that they were ours. Forgive us when jealousy gets in the way of healthy relationships. Amen.
Read STF 608 All praise to our redeeming Lord
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