Posted by: livingscripture | September 27, 2009

Twenty Sixth Sunday of Ordinary Time

From the Word of the Day


Teacher, we saw someone driving out demons in your name, and we tried to prevent him because he does not follow us.

                                   (Mark 9, 38)                                              

 How should we live this Word

 This Sunday’s liturgy confronts us with the great theme of God’s freedom and the scandal given to others by an unjust person who is not free.

 In the Book of Numbers, God grants the gift of prophecy to seventy elders.  Two of them are not at the meeting place with Moses but even they receive the gift and prophecy in the encampment.  Joshua pleads with Moses to stop them.  Moses responds, “Would that all the people of the Lord were prophets!  Would that the Lord might bestow his spirit on them all”!  Thus He made it clear that God’s Spirit is not bound to a place or to a person.casting out 1

 Jesus would echo this in his conversation with Nicodemus, ‘The wind blows where it will.  One hears it but does not know from where it comes or where it goes.  It is the same for those who are born of the Spirit’ (John 3, 8).  No one has a monopoly over the Spirit.

 The Gospel relates a similar situation.  Someone was casting out devils in the name of Jesus.  John states, “We tried to prevent him because he does not follow us.”  Like Moses, Jesus affirms that we can neither control nor organize the Spirit.  And He adds, “Whoever is not against us is for us.”  We can read into these words an ecumenism that leaves room for seeking common ground, open to the work of God’s Spirit in everyone and everywhere.

 Today as I pause for silent contemplation, I will listen to the Holy Spirit within me who invites me to a more catholic life, one that is more universal.

 Spirit of the Living God, thank You for Your presence!  Remain with me.  Grant that seeds of communion and solidarity may blossom in my heart!

 The voice of André Louf, Monk

 Just persons have acquired a cosmic dimension; have become the téleios persons, complete, perfect…they are capable of perceiving everyone’s love and suffering, yet remain free in the face of all.  They have reached the source of true freedom in the depths of their being, the source that is the Holy Spirit.


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