26th Sunday in Ordinary Time Year B

Published on 24 Sep 2018
A man looking at the sunset

“Anyone who is not against us is for us.”

O God, who manifest your almighty power above all

by pardoning and showing mercy,

bestow, we pray, your grace abundantly upon us

and make those hastening to attain your promises

heirs to the treasure of heaven.


I bring myself before God and spend a few moments allowing my mind to slowdown. I ask for the grace to recognise God’s Spirit at work within me and around me. I reflect back on my week, replaying scenes and moments in my mind.

Where have I noticed the presence of God?

When have I found it hard to recognise God at work in my life or in the events unfolding in the world? I share my reflections with God.

I stay in silence, and then turn to the passage and read it slowly and prayerfully.

As best I can, I try to imagine the scene, the gathering of the elders of Israel in the desert. I picture the encampment and the elders set apart from the rest of the people. How do I imagine the outpouring of the Spirit?

I place myself in the scene and imagine God’s Spirit coming upon me. How does the Spirit move me?

What do I notice about Moses’s response when Joshua objects?

Do I relate more to Joshua, or Moses, or both?

Reflecting on my own spiritual life, are there times when I have set limits on God’s Spirit?

I speak to the Spirit now and share my deepest desires and concerns. I close my prayer In the name of the Father ...

If only the whole people of the Lord were prophets, and the Lord gave his spirit to them all!     First Reading

Remember your word to your servant, O Lord, by which you have given me hope. This is my comfort when I am brought low.     Communion Antiphon

The decrees of the Lord are truth and all of them just. So in them your servant finds instruction;great reward is in their keeping.     Psalm

This week’s texts if you want to reflect further:

Numbers 11: 25–29; Psalm 18 (19); James 5: 1–6; Mark 9: 38–43,45,47–48