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Twenty-sixth Sunday in Ordinary Time (B)

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Gospel text (Mk 9:38-43.45.47-48): «No one who performs a mighty deed in my name who can at the same time speak ill of me». At that time, John said to Jesus, "Teacher, we saw someone driving out demons in your name, and we tried to prevent him because he does not follow us." Jesus replied, "Do not prevent him. There is no one who performs a mighty deed in my name who can at the same time speak ill of me. For whoever is not against us is for us. Anyone who gives you a cup of water to drink because you belong to Christ, amen, I say to you, will surely not lose his reward.

"Whoever causes one of these little ones who believe in me to sin, it would be better for him if a great millstone were put around his neck and he were thrown into the sea. If your hand causes you to sin, cut it off. It is better for you to enter into life maimed than with two hands to go into Gehenna, into the unquenchable fire. And if your foot causes you to sin, cut if off. It is better for you to enter into life crippled than with two feet to be thrown into Gehenna. And if your eye causes you to sin, pluck it out. Better for you to enter into the kingdom of God with one eye than with two eyes to be thrown into Gehenna, where 'their worm does not die, and the fire is not quenched.'"

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).