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Gospel Reflection for 26th Sunday Ordinary Time, Year B, September 30th 2018
Mark 9:38-43 45 47-48
Jesus has a wide view of who is for him. The disciples worried that someone was doing good in his name who ‘is not one of us’.
This can be a danger of religion: to limit who is ‘for Jesus or God’ and who is against.
Our response to the call to faith and holiness is seen not in long hours of prayer or study in any one faith or denomination, but in how we live our lives.
‘A community that cherishes the little details of love, whose members care for one another and create an open and evangelising environment, is a place where the risen Lord is present, sanctifying it in accordance with the Father’s plan.’
(Pope Francis, Gaudete et Exsultate, Para 145).
It is small details of love like ‘giving a cup of cold water’ that express our commitment in faith. This commitment is nourished in prayer and sacrament; our prayer and sacramental life issues in following the way of Jesus in the ordinary relationships of life, and also in a care for the poor, the neglected, and for justice and peace.
The reward of Jesus is the joy of being united with him in prayer and in our care and love of others.
Donal Neary SJ
Editor of The Sacred Heart Messenger and National Director of The Apostleship of Prayer