At Catholic Mass, Sunday 26, 2021, Mark 9,38-43.45.47-48 is read. The disciples said to Jesus “we saw someone who doesn’t follow us casting out demons in your name“
Jesus answered that we must not harm those who believe in him, if we do this we will be punished severely.
What happened to all those who took part in the inquisition killing Christians?
I believe that in their afterlife, they could not shut their eyes nor tap their ears anymore, for the horrible pain their victims felt. God has to be merciful with them.
( N:B. The Bible texts are taken from
Gospel texts below are copied from christianwritingtoday.com/free_downloads/WebNT_CWTedition.pdf )
9:38 John said to him, “Teacher, we saw someone who doesn’t follow us casting out demons in your name; and we forbade him, because he doesn’t follow us.”
9:39 But Jesus said, “Don’t forbid him, for there is no one who will do a mighty work in my name, and be able quickly to speak evil of me.
9:40 For whoever is not against us is on our side.
9:41 For whoever will give you a cup of water to drink in my name, because you are Christ’s, most certainly I tell you, he will in no way lose his reward.
9:42 Whoever will cause one of these little ones who believe in me to stumble, it would be better for him if he were thrown into the sea with a millstone hung around his neck.
9:43 If your hand causes you to stumble, cut it off. It is better for you to enter into life maimed, rather than having your two hands to go into Gehenna,u into the unquenchable fire,
9:44 ‘where their worm doesn’t die, and the fire is not quenched.’
9:45 If your foot causes you to stumble, cut it off. It is better for you to enter into life lame, rather than having your two feet to be cast into
Gehenna,v into the fire that will never be quenched—
9:46 ‘where their worm doesn’t die, and the fire is not quenched.’
9:47 If your eye causes you to stumble, cast it out. It is better for you to enter into the Kingdom of God with one eye, rather than having two eyes to be cast into the Gehenna of fire,
9:48 ‘where their worm doesn’t die, and the fire is not quenched.’
The pope focused on his Angelus today, on the exclusion many humans still practice among others with refugees.
The pope said (English needs to be corrected):
“Dear brothers and sisters, good morning.
the gospel of today’s liturgy narrates that along the way to Jerusalem
Jesus’ disciples argued about who among them was the greatest.
Then Jesus addressed a strong phrase to them that is also valid for us today. “If anyone wants to be first, let him be last of all and servant of all. If you want to be the first must go to the queue be the last and serve everyone”.
By means of this lapidary phrase, the Lord inaugurates a reversal. He reverses the criteria that marks what really matters. The value of a person no longer depends on the role he holds, from the success he has, from the work he does, from the money in the bank. No, it doesn’t depend on that. There greatness and success in the eyes of God have a different method. They are measured on service. Do not I am what you have but on what you give. You want to excel, you serve. This is the way.
Today, the word service appears a bit faded, worn out by use. But
in the Gospel it has a precise and concrete meaning. Serving is not an expression
courtesy. It is to do like Jesus, who summarizing his life in a few words,
he said he came not to be served but to serve. So said the Lord. So,
if we want to follow Jesus, we must follow the path that he himself traced.
The way of service. Our loyalty to the Lord depends on our willingness to serve.
Of this, we know it costs. This often costs because it tastes of the cross but as they grow the care and
availability towards others, we become freer within, more like Jesus. The more we serve,
the more we feel the presence of God especially when we know who does not have to give us back,
Poors. embracing the difficulties you need with tender compassion. And there
we discover that we are in turn loved, embraced to God.
Jesus. To illustrate this, after speaking of the primacy,
the service, makes a gesture.
We have seen that Jesus’ gestures are stronger than the words he uses and what is the gesture? Takes
a child and places him among the disciples, in the center, in the most important place. The child in the
gospel does not symbolize so much innocence as littleness, because the little ones like children
they depend on others, on the great ones. They need to receive. Jesus embraces that child and says
that whoever welcomes a small child welcomes him. Here, first of all who to serve? how many need
to receive and do not have to return. to serve those who need to receive and do not have
to be returned. Welcoming those who are on the edge, those who are neglected, we welcome Jesus because he is
it is there in a little one, in a poor man whom we serve, we too receive the tender embrace of God.
Dear brothers and sisters. Asked by the gospel, let’s ask ourselves some questions. I who follow Jesus,
I’m interested in who is most neglected? Or like the disciples that day, I go in search of
personal gratifications? I understand life as a competition to make room for it at the expense
of others or I believe that to excel means to serve. And concretely I dedicate time to some
baby, to a person who doesn’t have the means to reciprocate? I’m dealing with someone who can’t
give me back or just my relatives and friends? There are questions we can ask ourselves. The virgin Mary
humble, servant of the lord, help us to understand that serving does not diminish us but makes us grow
and that there is more joy in giving than in receiving. Angelus domini …”
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