Twenty-Sixth Sunday of  Ordinary Time

     Our readings focus on the freedom of the Spirit to blow when and where it will. The Spirit of God is not, and cannot be, limited to officially appointed positions. In both readings, we find the complaint that others outside the group are exercising ministry reserved for those officially appointed: prophecy, casting out evil spirits. This attempt to limit and guard spiritual power is corrected by both Moses and Jesus. God’s Spirit, and therefore the various ministries for good works, are open to all. Any attempt to limit these ministries to officially designated people is an attempt to limit the freedom of the Spirit of God.      (Treehaus publications)