Faces of Jealousy

“Are you jealous for my sake? If only all the people of the LORD were prophets! If only the LORD would bestow his spirit on them!” (Numbers 11:29). Moses rebuked his aide Joshua when the latter did not want anyone to be competing with his master’s work of prophecy.

26th Sunday in OT. Cycle B-2021. 26 Sept 2021. Numbers 11:25-29 + James 5:1-6 + Mark 9:38-43, 45, 47-48.

“You shall worship no other god, for the Lord, whose name is Jealous, is a jealous God” (Exodus 34:14 RSVCE).

I get hurt …

When atheists call belief in God a social malady;
When the rich sneer faith in God a crutch;
When the rich attribute poverty to trust in Providence;
When comedians ridicule the Name of God;
When visual artists desecrate things sacred; and
When celebrities flaunt the Laws of God as old-fashioned.

I get upset …

When pastors distort the message of God
When the faithful pollute the respect for God.
When I keep falling into the sin I detest.
When I lose access to, and grace from, the Sacraments.
When I am afraid to stand up for my faith; and
When I am timid to speak out for my God.

I get jealous…

“Because zeal for Your House has consumed me,
I am scorned by those who scorn You”
(Psalm 69:10).
So here I am to make amends,
for the jealousy I suffer for the Lord’s sake.
So here I am to make reparations,
for the world that upsets my Jealous GOD. VSS

Picture Credit: Backdrop–“Mona Lisa,” a painting by Leonardo da Vinci; Jealous Yellow Face, by bodyandsoul.com.au; Jealous Green Face, by jealous-face-clipart-5.