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Theme: True peace comes from God - but we are God's agents
in working for it: responsibility, the first will be last and
the last will be first - social justice, fairness, integrity,
First: Wisdom 2:12, 17-20 - The godless condemn a virtuous man to a shameful death, because he will be looked after by God.
Psalm 54 - The Lord upholds my life.
Second: James 3:16 - 4:3 - Jealousy, ambition, and self-seeking cause disharmony and wickedness. Wisdom is pure makes for peace - peacemakers sow the seeds of holiness. Fighting is caused by desire for what people do not have.
Gospel: Mark 9:30-37 - The last will be first and the first last - welcoming even a child in God's name is welcoming God. The disciples had difficulty understanding.