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Liturgical day: Wednesday 7th in Ordinary Time

1st Reading (Sir 4:12-22): Wisdom breathes life into her children and admonishes those who seek her. He who loves her loves life; those who seek her will be embraced by the Lord. He who holds her fast inherits glory; wherever he dwells, the Lord bestows blessings. Those who serve her serve the Holy One; the Lord loves those who love her. He who obeys her judges nations; he who hearkens to her dwells in her inmost chambers. If one trusts her, he will possess her; his descendants too will inherit her. She walks with him as a stranger and at first she puts him to the test; fear and dread she brings upon him and tries him with her discipline until she try him by her laws and trust his soul. Then she comes back to bring him happiness and reveal her secrets to them and she will heap upon him treasures of knowledge and an understanding of justice. But if he fails her, she will abandon him and deliver him into the hands of despoilers.
Responsorial Psalm: 118
R/. O Lord, great peace have they who love your law.
Those who love your law have great peace, and for them there is no stumbling block.

I keep your precepts and your decrees, for all my ways are before you.

My lips pour forth your praise, because you teach me your statutes.

May my tongue sing of your promise, for all your commands are just.

I long for your salvation, o Lord, and your law is my delight.

Let my soul live to praise you, and may your ordinances help me.
Verscicle before the Gospel (Jn 14:6): Alleluia. I am the way and the truth and the life, says the Lord; no one comes to the Father except through me. Alleluia.

Gospel text (Mk 9,38-40): John said to Jesus, «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».

«Whoever is not against us is for us»

Fr. David CODINA i Pérez
(Puigcerdà, Gerona, Spain)

Today, we hear a reproach by the apostle John who sees people doing good in the name of Christ but without being one of His disciples: «Master, we have seen someone casting our devils in your name and we have tried to stop them because they are not one of us» (Mc 9:38). Jesus give us the correct view that we should hold to these people; take them to ourselves, widen our horizons always with a humble spirit we are always in communion with them, one true faith, the same orientation, or in other words walking together on the path to the perfection of God's love for us and love for one another.

This way of living our vocation as one “Church” invites us to review in a peaceful and serene manner the coherence with which we live this openness to Christ. The fact that there are “others” that upset us because they do the same as we do is an indication of the fact the Love of Christ has not fully penetrated us in all its dept. He asks us for the humility to accept that we are unable to fathom the full wisdom and love of God. To accept that we are the ones Christ has chosen to let all mankind know that humility is the way to become closer to God.

Jesus went about his task from the incarnation onwards, when he brought us as close as is possible to the majesty of God in the insignificance of man. Saint John Chrysostom says «the Cross and Death was not enough for Christ, but he also wanted to be poor and of traveling stock, be errant and bare, He wanted to be thrown in prison and suffer weakness, all in order to convert you and me». If Christ did not let any opportunity pass to show his love for us, let us not let any prospect pass to accept those who are different to us in the manner in which each one lives his vocation forming part of the church, for «Whoever is not against us is for us» (Mc 9:40).