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Mark 9:38-40

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John said to him, "Teacher, we saw someone casting out demons in your name, and we tried to stop him, because he was not following us." But Jesus said, "Do not stop him; for no one who does a deed of power in my name will be able soon afterward to speak evil of me. Whoever is not against us is for us."

Mark 9:38-40
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    • Jesus seems to say to the apostles, 'It's not about you!' He points them to the good that is being done. Help me, Lord, not to think that those who agree with me are more favoured in your sight.
    • Gathering and belonging are important human needs but Jesus shows us how we can lead ourselves astray. The reign of God is advanced wherever good is done, where truth is spoken, when love wins out. Lord, help me not to be narrow-minded or judgemental but to give thanks to you for all that is good.
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    • Our perspectives can be quite narrow. Our need for affirmation and security can make us try to control situations which we don’t understand well.
    • ‘Whoever is not against us is for us’ has been sadly misused by political leaders down the years to justify excluding those they don’t like. Do I tend to think in an ‘us’ and ‘them’ perspective? Jesus asks rather to be open to those who seem to be different from us. He sees everyone as ‘different’ – unique, special, worthy of inclusion.
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    • /The one that is not against us is for us/. You told us this, Lord, but we did not learn it. We have looked with suspicion on many who were working for people's good, because they belonged to a party, or a community, or a tribe that is different from ours. I will try to know them by their fruits, not by their labels. I will seek to focus on common ground, not on barriers.
    • The disciples thought of distinction and difference; Jesus did not tolerate their narrow vision. I pray that I may recognise good in a generous and appreciative way.
    • Jesus sees all who act in his name as having much in common. I join in prayer with all who invoke Jesus’ name today.
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    • /The one that is not against us is for us/. You told us this, Lord, but we did not learn it. We have looked with suspicion on many who were working for people's good, because they belonged to a party, or a community, or a tribe that is different from ours. I will try to know them by their fruits, not by their labels. I will seek to focus on common ground, not on barriers.
    • The disciples thought of distinction and difference; Jesus did not tolerate their narrow vision. I pray that I may recognise good in a generous and appreciative way.
    • Jesus sees all who act in his name as having much in common. I join in prayer with all who invoke Jesus’ name today.
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    • /The one that is not against us is for us/. You told us this, Lord, but we did not learn it. We have looked with suspicion on many who were working for people's good, because they belonged to a party, or a community, or a tribe that is different from ours. I will try to know them by their fruits, not by their labels. I will seek to focus on common ground, not on barriers.
    • The disciples thought of distinction and difference; Jesus did not tolerate their narrow vision. I pray that I may recognise good in a generous and appreciative way.
    • Jesus sees all who act in his name as having much in common. I join in prayer with all who invoke Jesus’ name today.