Daily Office Readings for Monday after the 5th Sunday of Lent: Year 2
“John said to him, ‘Teacher, we saw someone casting out demons in your name, and we tried to stop him, because he was not following us.” (Mark 9: 38)
Earlier, in this same chapter, Jesus had told them that he was going to be handed over to those who would have him killed and this is what he came into the world to do. This was Jesus’ lot in his life. But sadly they were arguing about who was the greatest in their own lives, forgetting that our Lord Jesus was sacrificing his. They were so off track. Now they are confused about someone other than themselves, doing good works in Jesus’ Name but because they did not know him they tried to stop him. I wonder if they even listened to themselves. Our Lord Jesus sure has a lot of patience. I’m glad he does. Lord knows, I am always in need of the patience of Jesus. How about you?
If we don’t learn anything else from the orginal followers for our Lord Jesus, let us at least learn that we are always learning. We don’t know it all, and the beautiful part is, nobody else knows it all either. We are free go about life in the comfort of knowing that all humanity is trying to figure out life together. We can’t do it apart from one another, not successfully anyway. The more of us that use our Lord Jesus’ name for good works the better the world is. Perhaps the best we can do is learn from others who have also followed Jesus in their own way. This is why I am always reading from the writinngs of the saints. I call them my heros.
We are not to compete with other Christians. I think realizing that our own tradition is not perfect, perhaps we can learn form other traditions as we struggle to improve in the Name of our Lord Jesus.
Let us hear what the Spirit is saying to and through the saints of God and then ponder anew what the Almighty can do. John