“WHEREVER THERE IS JEALOUSY AND SELFISH AMBITION, YOU WILL ALSO FIND DISCORD AND ALL THAT IS EVIL” (Jam 3:16)
⏰Tuesday of the Eighteenth Week of Ordinary Time (03 August 2021)
📖Num 12:1-13; Ps 51:3-4, 5-6ab, 6cd-7, 12-13 (R.v.3a); Matt 14:22-36
🎤”WHEREVER THERE IS JEALOUSY AND SELFISH AMBITION, YOU WILL ALSO FIND DISCORD AND ALL THAT IS EVIL” (Jam 3:16)
There is one Igbo adage which says, “Nwata kpachuo ibe ya na nke, asi na o kpara nke ya n’ajo ohia,” literally meaning that when a child fetches more firewood than his mates, they will allege that he fetched his from the evil forest. Why would that happen? ENVY AND JEALOUSY! They want to rubbish his integrity so that they can uphold themselves.
Envy and jealousy are dangerous diseases that smells badly. It destroys not only the person being attacked, but also the attacker. Consider the story of Moses, Aaron and Miriam in Num 12:1-13 from this point. Aaron and Miriam felt that Moses was now being favoured more than they, hence they tried to pull him down, and the result is that Miriam became leprous.
Beloved in Christ, are you in any way being jealous of a God-given talent in another person? Have you tried to pull others down because they seem better? Beware of leprosy! Nemesis is real.
St. Paul tells us that the different gifts that we have are given to us to help us to form a strong community – the body of Christ (cf. 1 Cor 12:1-31). If Jesus was not the Master, Peter would have sank into the sea and be forgotten (see Matt 14:22-36). Yet, Jesus needed Peter to be the head of the Church (cf. Matt 16:18).
You are very important in that your seemingly low position/status. You can become outstanding by being your best in it. Do your best in whatever position you are and be assured that God’s favour shall locate you in that position.
May God save from envious hearts and self-destructive ambitions. Amen.
Have a stress-free day. Peace be with you.