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A Listening Heart

He that is not against us is for us.
Mark 9:38-43, 45, 47-48

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Sermon Week Twenty-Sixth Sunday in Ordinary Time Cycle B

Scripture Summary Mark 9:40

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It is popular, of course, to strike out at secular humanism and atheistic communism. Among other things, these "isms" reflect the heresy of rejecting Christ. But it is less popular, it seems to strike out at the greatest heresy of all -- the heresy of remaking Christ into someone He never was, is not now, and never will be. To say that we are Christians and then try to pretend that Christ is not the eternal healer and reconciler is a contradiction. To say that we are Christians and then try to pretend that Christ is not the eternal dispenser of a "cup of water" to the thirsty, is a contradiction. To say that we are Christians and then try to pretend that Christ is not totally sensitive to the strengths and weaknesses and needs of all, is a contradiction.

"We have the mind of Christ"...we "are of the Body of Christ and individually members of it," the Apostle Paul wrote. "Put on then," he added, "as God's chosen ones, holy and beloved,

compassion, kindness, lowliness, meekness, and
patience, forbearing one another and, if one has
a complaint against another, forgiving each other;
as the Lord has forgiven you, so you also must
forgive. And above all these put on love, which
binds everything together in perfect harmony. And
let the peace of Christ rule in your hearts, to which
indeed you were called in the one body. And be
thankful. Let the Word of Christ dwell in you richly
...And whatever you do, in word or deed, do everything
in the Name of the Lord Jesus, giving thanks to God the
Father through Him."

In today's Gospel Lesson, the Apostle John says to Jesus: "Teacher, we saw a man casting out demons in Your Name, and we forbade him, because he was not following us" (Mk. 9:38). Jesus replies, "Do not forbid him; for no one who does a mighty work in My Name will be able soon after to speak evil of Me. For he that is not against us is for us" (Mk. 9:39-40). Thus, Jesus resolved [...]

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