Quotations:

I am with you always until the end of this world - Jesus (Matthew 28:20).

Preach the Word in season and out of season reproving, rebuking or advising always with patience and providing instructions (2 Timothy 4:2).

Do not fear, Mary, for God has looked kindly on you (Luke 1:30).

Anything worth doing is worth doing poorly. - G. K. Chesterton

Saturday, September 26, 2009

My Gospel Reflections for September 27; twenty-sixth Sunday in ordinary time: Mark 9:38-43, 45, 47-48

My Reflections:We Christians have one common umbrella that shelters us all: it is our belief in one God who created us. We may have different Christian ideologies; we may use different versions of the bible. However we are still brought together by our common belief in a supreme God.

If we believe in one true God then why can’t we come together and be one? The answer to this perhaps is; yes we believe in one God. But those who leads other Christian ministries/ideologies believes that their doctrines are far more superior than that of the others.

These differences in doctrines sometimes creates a wedge that leads to animosity and worst of all they even try to destroy other Christian religion so that they can grow and multiply. Is this what Jesus wants us to do; to destroy the reputation of other Christian religions so that we can grow and multiply? Certainly not!

In today’s gospel John said to Jesus: "Teacher, we saw someone driving out demons in your name, and we tried to prevent him because he does not follow us." Jesus replied, "Do not prevent him.

Here in the Philippines (I am sure in other parts of the world too) there are Christian religion that does this. Instead of concentrating on the spiritual wellbeing of their flock they instead desperately try to tell their believers that they are the superior religion because they have this and that doctrines.

Is this what Jesus wants them to do? Certainly not!

Let us always be tolerant to our brethrens who are members of other Christian churches let us pray for them also. Let us not create walls to shun them; lets us rather build bridges with them. Let us encourage cooperation and understanding.

We may have our differences in doctrines but I am certain that we believe in one God who created us all. …

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