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Anyone Who Is Not Against Us Is For Us

posted Sep 25, 2015, 7:40 PM by Church of the Risen Christ   [ updated Sep 25, 2015, 7:44 PM ]
27 September 2015 ( 26th Sunday in Ordinary Time )
Anyone Who Is Not Against Us Is For Us
There is a remarkable parallel between the first reading from Numbers and the gospel reading from Mark.

In the first reading, we see the Lord giving His Spirit to all the elders. Joshua reacted in too exclusive a fashion over two of the elders who remained in the tent and continued to do the work of God and prophesy.

The second reading from James shows us another form of exclusiveness – that of the wealthy people who were closed off from the poor and powerless.
However, the grand plans of the rich to accumulate wealth would have no lasting outcome in the end, but miseries coming to them.

In today’s gospel reading, we learn of the apostle John who reported disapprovingly of a man casting out demons in the name of Jesus.
Such exclusiveness and intolerance do not reflect the inclusive ways of God as reflected in the words of Jesus, “Anyone who is not against us is for us”.
The Lord can work in every human heart and who are we to judge and obstruct God’s mysterious purposes.