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

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Tuesday, February 22, 2011

My Gospel Reflections for February 23, Wednesday: Mark 9:38-40

My Reflections:
What prompted John to prevent someone from using the name of Jesus? Was it envy? Was it the feeling of self-righteousness because he was directly connected with Jesus?

No one has the sole right on the name of Jesus; everyone can use His name for as long as it is for a good cause. We must not make this mistake of having a feeling of superiority over others just because we belong to the majority of Christian religion for God allows other Christian faiths to flourish for a good reason.

What is this good reason? Perhaps God wants us to know that we don’t have the monopoly of His name. Perhaps God wants us to be understanding with our other brothers and sisters who belong to other faiths.   Perhaps God wants us always to be humble and tolerant, to build bridges instead of walls. …

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