For Whoever Is Not Against Us, Is For Us

26th Sunday In Ordinary Time

People cannot impose limits on God’s power and goodness. God is free to bestow his gifts upon any one as he sees fit. All human beings are children of God. And he leads each one in a unique way. God can work through any individuals or communities of his choice.

In the first reading Moses said to Joshua, “Are you jealous for my sake? How I wish all people of the Lord receive the same Spirit and prophesy!” We see a striking parallel between Moses and Jesus in today’s Gospel. When John the disciple tried to prevent a man from driving out demons in Jesus’ name because he did not belong to their group, Jesus replied, “Do not prevent him. There is no one who performs a good deed in my name who can at the same time speak ill of me. For whoever is not against us, is for us.”

The Catholic Church has been upfront in the work of Ecumenism, in bringing together the different Protestant Churches in a spirit of unity and solidarity. Cardinal Kurt Koch who is the president of the Pontifical Council for promoting Christian Unity said, “we are no longer enemies, but acknowledge one another as brothers and sisters, above all in Baptism, which is the true foundation of everything.”

 

 

Fr. Sunny Punnakuziyil, MSFS
Pastor, SJN