Sep 26, 2021: 26th Sunday in Ordinary Time (B)

1st Reading – Numbers 11:25-29

The LORD came down in the cloud and spoke to Moses.
Taking some of the spirit that was on Moses,
the LORD bestowed it on the seventy elders;
and as the spirit came to rest on them, they prophesied.

Now two men, one named Eldad and the other Medad,
were not in the gathering but had been left in the camp.
They too had been on the list, but had not gone out to the tent;
yet the spirit came to rest on them also,
and they prophesied in the camp.
So, when a young man quickly told Moses,
“Eldad and Medad are prophesying in the camp,”
Joshua, son of Nun, who from his youth had been Moses’ aide, said,
“Moses, my lord, stop them.”
But Moses answered him,
“Are you jealous for my sake?
Would that all the people of the LORD were prophets!
Would that the LORD might bestow his spirit on them all!”

The book of Numbers takes its name from the two censuses of the Israelites that occur in it, one near the beginning (Chapter 1) and the other near the end (Chapter 26) of their journey in the desert.

The name is misleading, however, because the counting of the people doesn’t comprise much of the book. Numbers is really a continuation of the story in the book of Exodus and describes the thirty-eight-year period from when the Israelites camped at the base of Mount Sinai to their arrival at the border of the Promised Land.

Today’s reading is an unusual story about the bestowal of the spirit of prophecy. Continue reading “Sep 26, 2021: 26th Sunday in Ordinary Time (B)”