May 23 – Wednesday
Wednesday of the Seventh Week in Ordinary Time
Reading: MK 9:38-40
Any one who does a mighty work in my name
Love does not envy others.
Envy and jealousy, its counterpart, are sinful because they lead us to sorrow over what should make us rejoice – namely, our neighbor’s good. Envy forms when we believe that the other person’s advantage or possession diminishes or brings disgrace on us. Envy is contrary to love. Both the object of love and the object of envy is our neighbor’s good, but by contrary movements, since love rejoices in our neighbor’s good, while envy grieves over it.
Prayer: all together
Lord Jesus, fill us with your Holy Spirit that we will not become envious of our neighbor’s good. Help us to rejoice for all the blessings that we have at hand. Amen.