Posted by: livingscripture | September 27, 2010

Twenty Sixth Monday of Ordinary Time

From the Word of the Day

 Do not prevent him, for whoever is not against you is for you.

                                                               Luke 9: 50                  

 How should we live this Word

 The Apostles saw an exorcist casting out demons in Jesus’ name and they viewed it as usurpation.  Though the narration is simple and deprived of any anger, it reveals the evident sentiment that vibrates in John’s heart and certainly, in the other apostles as well.  This is so true that, without subjecting the decision to Jesus, they immediately take the initiative to prohibit this exorcist, who ‘does not follow in our company,’ from exorcising.  John was sure of a confirmation, perhaps even praise for what he considered a very good intervention. 

 Instead, Jesus’ opinion is much wider and radiant like everything that is in His heart and in His word.  “Do not prevent him.”  This means do not be contrary, do not be opposed to the actions of this person, and let him be free in his initiatives.  Immediately the motivation follows, “whoever is not against you is for you.”  In fact, the man cast out demons in Jesus’ name, the name of incredible salvific power, unique in the world.  Thus he was in harmony with the Lord’s disciples.

Today as I pause for silent contemplation, I will seek to breathe the depth and broadness of the Lord Jesus’ sentiments and views.  I will open the windows of my soul, its thoughts and small sentiments of rivalry, competition, closures, my way of understanding the faith that is a betrayal of participation in the mentality and sentiments of Jesus.

 Lord, free me from my attitudes of prejudice, closure, fear, and lack of esteem for others.  Grant that I may be a bridge of collaboration amid the Christian-ecumenical-inter-religious powers and never a sword that cuts, wounds, and isolates.

 The voice of Luigi Sartori, Theologian

 There is need of a Christian faith that willingly enters into fruitful dialogue with other faiths, even to bring the historical richness of its precise originality.  Dialogue is the apex and the maturity of faith.


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