St Polycarp, bishop & martyr
7th Week in Ordinary Time (C) : Wednesday 23rd February 2022
Jm. 4:13-17; Ps. 48:2-3,6-7,8-10,11
Mk. 9:38-40 (Ps Wk III)
People are under the illusion that they have control over everything. They make grand plans and undertake great projects. But all of this can be wiped away in an instant. Earthquakes, tsunamis, accidents, terrorist attacks, pandemics, and so many more things have a mind of their own and do not care at all about our plans.
James advises us to continue living our lives but with an awareness that everything depends on God. We are not guaranteed anything, nor do we have rights to anything – all is a gift. We are not in the driver’s seat.
The disciples were upset because someone from outside their group was casting out demons in Jesus’ name. But the Lord was not the least bit upset. The man was doing good and, in a sense, proclaiming Jesus. Those who live by the same values and work for the same goals as we do are not our adversaries. We should respect them and work with them regardless of the names and labels that are attached to them. God is impartial and shows love for all, and we should do likewise.
Lord, help me to love and respect all people.