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

Tuesday, February 25, 2014

My Reflection for Wednesday February 26, Seventh Week in Ordinary Time, Mark 9:38-40

Gospel: Mark 9:38-40
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. There is no one who performs a mighty deed in my name who can at the same time speak ill of me. For whoever is not against us is for us.”
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Reflection:
Arrogance and intolerance are often times what prevent us from becoming effective followers of Jesus. For example if we see a homosexual couple who are living together, should we avoid them? Or should we be friend them and live the teachings of Jesus through them. The best course of action to take is to be friends with them with the hope in mind that by doing so we would be able to eventually convert and enlighten them.

When John saw someone who was not in their group driving out demons in the name of Jesus he tried to prevent them. Perhaps, John thought that they only have the monopoly of holiness to drive out demons. So what did Jesus do when John told Him about this incident? He told John let him do what he was doing for whoever is not against them is for them also.

To be arrogant, intolerant and judgmental is not good. It prevents us from genuinely doing the mission of Jesus, it prevents us from bringing people to Jesus. We might forget that Jesus became man not only for the righteous. He became man to convert sinners to give them mercy and forgiveness. 

Let us avoid to be arrogant, to be intolerant and judgmental. Let us instead show the mercy and love of Jesus. Who knows by doing so we may be able to bring them closer to Jesus. …

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