“Anyone who is not against us, is for us.
If your hand should cause you to sin, cut it off.”
There is a peculiar type of pettiness that will not allow someone to do what others do (even if ‑ or perhaps especially if ‑ they are good at it) because they aren’t part of the group, or club, or circle. Unless you wear the uniform, the badge or tie, you can’t share in the work. When this is applied to doing good or following the Lord, it seems even more petty than ever: if someone does a good thing, does it matter that she or he is not a Catholic? The words of the Lord, “Anyone who is not against us is for us,” should be taken to heart this Sunday. Let us recognise anyone who helps the poor, serves peace and justice, does what the Lord Jesus wants as our co‑worker, whatever the ‘label’ they work under.
The law of the Lord is perfect, it revives the soul. The rule of the Lord is to be trusted, it gives wisdom to the simple. The fear of the Lord is holy, abiding for ever. The decrees of the Lord are truth and all of them just. So in them your servant finds instruction; great reward is in their keeping. But who can detect all his errors? From hidden faults acquit me. From presumption restrain your servant and let it not rule me. Then shall I be blameless, clean from grave sin.
First Reading: Numbers 11:25-29
Second Reading: Js 5:1-6
Gospel Reading: Mark 9: 38-43, 45, 47-48