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Today's Scriptural Meditation Readings:

February 26, A.D. 2003

Sirach 4:11-19
Psalm 119:165,168,171-172,174-175
Mark 9:38-40


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 (sriddle415@yahoo.com)

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