Wednesday of the Seventh Week in Ordinary Time
Memorial Feast: Saint Polycarp (69-+155)—Bishop and Martyr,
Patron Saint of Ailments of the Ears
James 4:13-17, Psalm 49:2-3, 6-7, 8-10, 11, & Mark 9:38-40
Many scripture scholars agree that the phrases of Jesus, at times, are confusing, while others consider His words straightforward and to the point. However, the apostles were continually confused by what their teacher said, and they seemed to miss the points Jesus was making or the deeper meaning behind them. They appear slow to understand, although we can better understand and relate to the apostles' confusion by putting aside what we know and imagining being in their shoes.
Enter today's Gospel from Mark, who writes about someone who was not following the company of Jesus yet drives out demons in His name. The apostles missed the goodness and connection in others using Jesus' name. The apostles seem to be in the "we have Jesus mode" and seem to discriminate against those not a part of their "group." It saddens me to see the same attitude between Christians now, especially when Christians condemn others for following different interpretations of what Jesus said. We can only pray that all of us bring this reading to heart. Today's Gospel offers us the freedom to follow Christ and embrace Christians from other faiths because, as Jesus says, "For whoever is not against us is for us."
Question of the Day: Do you believe Jesus is the Way, the Truth, and the Life?
Prayer: "Jesus, I trust in You!"