Feast of St. Polycarp

James 4:13-17 | Ps.49:2-3, 6-11 | Mark 9:38-40

Jesus seems to take up the theme of what it means to follow him.  James wants us to realize that all we have and are comes from God.  We should not claim any of our gifts as coming from ourselves.  All comes from God.  We also hear the call to realize that our lives are short and we need to live them well.  Thus the call to follow Christ.  Jesus tells us that anyone who does a good deed in his name cannot be against him.  We don’t have to worry about those who do so.  We need to consider how we respond to Christ and check out if we do our deeds in the name of Christ or in our own name.

Take time today to test your gifts.  Where do those gifts come from? Can you claim the gift as something you gave to yourself?  If not, where did the gift come from?

Now look at how you use your gifts.  Are they used for the good of others or only for selfish ends?  What do you need to do about your attitude towards your gifts?  Take time to give thanks to God for all your gifts.

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