From the Word of the Day
Whoever is not against us is for us. (Mark 9: 40)
The Gospel tells of a person who was casting out demons in the name of Jesus and the apostles want to stop him because he does not belong to their group. Jesus invites them to put no obstacle to this activity, because no one can perform miracles in His name and speak badly of Him at the same time. Jesus concludes by saying, “Whoever is not against us is for us.” Notice that He says ‘us’, thus including the apostles with Him. The apostles seem to think that they have a monopoly on the liberating activity in regard to people. Instead, Jesus broadens their perspectives of a limited and myopic vision, and opens up new and wider horizons. Whoever does works of healing and liberation from evil comes from God. Therefore, there must be not only tolerance, but pleasure, reception, and possibly collaboration.
Lord Jesus, open my heart wide to joy for all the people who do good in the world, showing new roads for collaboration and unity.
The Voice of Pope John XXIII, the Good Pope
May we always look for what unites us; never for what divides us.