The readings for Sunday 25 in Ordinary Time
A reading from the Book of Wisdom
(Wisdom 2: 12, 17-20 NRSV)
“Let us lie in wait for the righteous man, because he is inconvenient to us and opposes our actions; he reproaches us for sins against the law, and accuses us of sins against our training. Let us see if his words are true, and let us test what will happen at the end of his life; for if the righteous man is God’s child, he will help him, and will deliver him from the hand of his adversaries. Let us test him with insult and torture, so that we may find out how gentle he is, and make trial of his forbearance. Let us condemn him to a shameful death, for, according to what he says, he will be protected.”
(Psalm 53(54):3-6,8 NRSV)
Resp: The Lord upholds my life. Save me, O God, by your name, and vindicate me by your might. Hear my prayer, O God; give ear to the words of my mouth. Resp: The Lord upholds my life. For the insolent have risen against me, the ruthless seek my life; they do not set God before them. Resp: The Lord upholds my life. But surely, God is my helper; the Lord is the upholder of my life. With a freewill offering I will sacrifice to you; I will give thanks to your name, O LORD, for it is good. Resp: The Lord upholds my life.
A reading from the letter of James
James 3: 16- 4:3 (NRSV)
For where there is envy and selfish ambition, there will also be disorder and wickedness of every kind. But the wisdom from above is first pure, then peaceable, gentle, willing to yield, full of mercy and good fruits, without a trace of partiality or hypocrisy. And a harvest of righteousness is sown in peace for those who make peace.
Those conflicts and disputes among you, where do they come from? Do they not come from your cravings that are at war within you? You want something and do not have it; so you commit murder. And you covet something and cannot obtain it; so you engage in disputes and conflicts. You do not have, because you do not ask. You ask and do not receive, because you ask wrongly, in order to spend what you get on your pleasures.