The Green-eyed Monster Strikes Again

by Sr. Juliemarie Mcdonald, SND. on 01/21/2016

in Ordinary Time

Third Sunday of ordinary time — Cycle C

January 24, 2016

“Today is holy to the Lord: Do not be sad, do not weep” (Neh 8: 9a)

Why Worry? Be Happy,” was written in 1988. When I reflected upon the readings of this Sunday; this hit song popped into my mind along with these themes: Jealousy, Unity, Happiness and Joy. Beside themes, the title of the prayer poem was birthed.

The Green-eyed Monster Strikes Again  

On the Feast of the Trumpets long ago,

Joy filled the hearts of captives freed.

Preaching, prayers and praise pierce the air.

This was the clarion call

To listen and renew every one to keep God’s law.


The people were happy!


Somewhere in Corinth Paul also preached,

Comparing the human body and its parts.

It has many parts yet just one body.

Astounded, here is what they heard,

“Now the body is not a single part, but many.

You are Christ’s body, and individually part of it.” (1 Cor 12:   )

Jews or Greeks, slaves or free people there is no green-eyed monster striking here.

The people were happy!


Let’s not yield to jealousy’s call, if you do you will surely fall.

So you are frail and weak and no superman,

You only dig ditches as best you can.

You will never be a prophet, a healer or speak in tongues

Be satisfied with your mission, stop wishing.


“Today this scripture passage is passage is fulfilled in your hearing.” (LK 4:21)

 The people were happy!

Why worry?

For Reflection and Sharing:

  1. What causes your greatest happiness?
  2. When do you find yourself worrying?
  3. Does worrying say anything about your faith?
  4. How do you understand, “You are Christ’s body?”
  5. When does the green-eyed monster get the best of you?
  6. Compare today’s prejudices with Paul’s words: Jews, Greeks, slaves or free people.
  7. What is the biggest lesson you learned from these scripture readings?


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