Today's Scriptural Meditation Readings:
February 26, A.D. 2003
A brief reflection on today's Scripture passages:
"For whoever is not against us is for us."
Sometimes I wonder if Jesus might not have been a little naive. After
all, we know of instances when people "have done good things in our
name" but have spoken ill of us. But Jesus is not naive, He knows what
He is talking about.
There are two ways to do something in someone's name. You can act on
your own and say that so-and-so asked you to do something. The other
way to do so is to do it by the power invested in you by the name. For
example, police operate in the name of the state. What Jesus tells us
in this passage is that no one who invokes His name can remain unmoved
by the experience. If they heal in the name of the Lord Jesus, that
experience will change them, will cause them to move closer to Christ.
Jesus tells us something else very important in this passage. He tells
us that we do not always know who is and who is not Christian.
Sometimes it is obvious--but there may be those with cultural practices
unfamiliar to us, who pray in a language differently than we do, who are nonetheless
intimate with the Lord.
- JuandelaCruz, T.O.Carm (firstname.lastname@example.org)
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