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Liturgical day: Sunday 26th (B) in Ordinary Time

Gospel text (Mk 9,38-43.45.47-48): «No one who works a miracle in my name can soon after speak evil of me». John said to him, «Master, we saw someone who drove out demons by calling upon your name, and we tried to forbid him because he does not belong to our group». Jesus answered, «Do not forbid him, for no one who works a miracle in my name can soon after speak evil of me. For whoever is not against us is for us. If anyone gives you a drink of water because you belong to Christ and bear his name, truly, I say to you, he will not go without reward.

»If anyone should cause one of these little ones who believe in me to stumble and sin, it would be better for him to be thrown into the sea with a great millstone around his neck. If your hand makes you fall into sin, cut it off! It is better for you to enter life without a hand than with two hands to go to hell, to the fire that never goes out. And if your foot makes you fall into sin, cut it off! It is better for you to enter life without a foot than with both feet to be thrown into hell. And if your eye makes you fall into sin, tear it out! It is better for you to enter the kingdom of God with one eye than, keeping both eyes, to be thrown into hell where the worms that eat them never die, and the fire never goes out».

Illustration: Mr. Josep Lluís Martínez i Picañol (Picanyol)

Today Jesus speaks up for someone who, despite not being part of His group, made miracles. John wanted to forbid it... In the world there are many good people who, perhaps, are not Christians or believers. Let us not drive them away or be driven away, let us learn from them! Let us work with them! On the other hand, Jesus Christ is very severe with those who can do harm by setting a bad example, "it would be better for him to have a great millstone hung around his neck and to be drowned in the depths of the sea".

-Give a good example! Everyone! The eldest to the youngest, and the youngest to the eldest (because we always have much to learn).